Kylin James Plans to Build Off Camp, Continue to Improve

By Otis Kirk

Dumas Class of 2021 running back Kylin James wants to continue to work hard and improve following a good showing at Arkansas’ overnight camp.

James was one of about 100 campers who participated in the two-day camp. Following the camp he talked about his experience.

“The camp went good,” James said. “I got a lot of footwork stuff, individual, one-on-one, getting a lot of knowledge and getting to see what I was doing wrong on film. Talking to the coaches it was good.”

One thing Chad Morris talked to the campers about following the event was he saw improvement in each of them as the camp went along.

“I did feel like that,” James said of the improvement. “I started off a little bad, I wouldn’t say bad, but I started picking it up after I started seeing myself on film and coach got to talking to me.”

As a sophomore in 2018, James rushed 196 times for 1,076 yards and 13 touchdowns while topping the century mark on the ground four times. He also caught 26 passes for 406 yards and two touchdowns. James returned five kickoffs for 86 yards and in spot duty on defense he finished with eight tackles, one interception and a fumble recovery. He listed his strengths on the field.

“I feel like my strengths right now are being a leader and being strong,” James said. “Just picking up all my teammates.”

James and the campers listened as Morris delivered several messages to them following the camp. The talented running back left impressed.

“I love him,” James said. “He’s a good man. I want to play for him one day.”

Do you feel like you did some things at the camp to show them you can play for them one day?

“I feel like I did,” James said. “Coach (Jeff) Traylor kept telling me to keep getting better.”

James had a strong showing at a combine in Little Rock on June 2. Soon after that William & Marry and Murray State offered him a scholarship. At that event, James ran a laser-timed 4.52 in the 40-yard dash. He recorded a 4.71 laser 40 at Arkansas. James was elated when the first offers started coming in.

“When that first one came I was watching the game,” James said. “I couldn’t even watch the game any more I was so happy.”

James talked about his plans for the remainder of the summer.

“I feel I can get faster,” James said. “I can get it to a 4.4, get my legs right and just stay healthy.”

He said he may camp at Memphis later this summer. 

“I don’t think I’m done,” James said. “I might try to get some more in.”

James, Chris Harris and the Bobcats were very good in 2018. How good can they be in 2019?

“We’ve got to get all the way this year,” James said. “We lost my brother, but somebody has to got step up and get further than we did last year.”

Dumas finished the 2018 season 12-2 advancing to the semifinals of the state playoffs where they fell to Joe T. Robinson 24-20.