As it becomes more and more clear which of the state's top prospects that the Texas Longhorns truly covet in this year's recruiting class, names are being knocked off the recruiting board in quick fashion.
Gone are the players that might be viewed in any way as a potential academic risk and with that some of the state's top prizes have suddenly found themselves on the outside looking in as it relates to receiving an offer from the Longhorns.
One prospect that has been on the radar for the last few weeks is Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau running back LaMichael James. The 5-9, 180-pound running back was slated to visit Austin this weekend for the school's second Junior Day, but with UT's focus seemingly narrowing on a select number of players, it's unclear where James fits into the equation.
"I think I'm still coming down," James said on Wednesday night. "If I come down, I'll probably drive there with my mother."
While James sounded like a player who is sitting on the fence about traveling across the state, he added that he hasn't had much contact with the Longhorn staff in recent weeks.
"I haven't really heard much from Texas lately," James said.
Even if James does make it to Austin this weekend, he admits that the scuttlebutt across the state about a team north of the Red River leading for his services is correct.
"Yes sir, Oklahoma State is my No.1 school," James said. "It's the academics and the relationships with the coaches that really stand out."
So, what will James look for if he does make it in for the Junior Day?
"I haven't been there, so I want to just see how it is," James said. "I just want to see what everything is like."