March 24, 2008

James set to visit for Red & Black Game

With four talented tailbacks already on the roster and four-star signee Harrison Jeffers set to join the Red Raiders in June, Tech can afford to be picky about extending running back offers in the 2009 class.

To date, only a handful of backs can say they hold an offer from Texas Tech, with the latest of those being Sherman (TX) star Waymon James.

James, who appears at times to be a human highlight reel, has racked up 2,795 yards over the last two seasons, along with 29 touchdowns, all on just 295 carries, and coaches around the country are taking notice.

"Everything has been good recruiting wise," he explained. "But it's getting stressful though, there's so many people calling right now that it's hard to keep track. It's different and new that's for sure."

James, who holds written offers from Nebraska, Texas Tech, Tulsa, and TCU, is currently weighing his options, but already has one trip planned this spring.

"I'll be going to Texas Tech's junior day on April 19th," he said. "I'm looking forward to going down there and seeing the facilities and hanging out with the coaches and everything. I think they're going to have their spring game there that weekend too, so I want to see that."

The 5-foot-9, 208-pound running back also explained that the offer from Tech came as a pleasant surprise.

"It felt great to get that offer from them," he said. "I can't even explain how good that felt. Lubbock is actually my hometown, so to get the chance to go back to where I'm from and go to college there is a cool opportunity."

Though James was certainly pleased about his offer, he wasn't the only one in his family with a smile on his face.

"I always remember my mom talking about how much she loved Lubbock and living there," he said. "And so when I got that offer, I came home and asked her to guess who had offered me, and she just smiled man! She already knew! I didn't even have to tell her, she just knew. That was crazy."

However, James' father says that recruiters shouldn't read too much into his son's excitement, as he is, like most high school kids, subject to random changes of heart.

"I'll tell you what I told this guy from Nebraska the other day," chuckled his father, Lee. "He has no idea where he's going, in my opinion. I mean, I've heard him talk about three different schools, which I won't name, since the school year started, and it seems like each week it's a different school, so I just don't think he's made up his mind."

Mr. James also says that even though his son's thoughts on a particular school may change from time to time, what he's looking for in a school doesn't.

"I do know that, and I don't blame him for this, that he's looking for a great academic school and somewhere that looks good on a degree, but also somewhere where he can stand out on the football field," he explained. "You get these big guys like Nebraska, Texas, Texas Tech, and all those guys and sometimes they have about 8 running backs, but you never ever hear of 7 of 'em, so I think he wants to get somewhere where he can stand out on the football field and also get that great education."


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