Hobbled Conquistador

Arkansas recruiting target and Olive Branch receiver D'Arthur Cowan (6-3, 175) had hoped his team could repeat its Southwest Classic Elite 7-on-7 Showcase title this weekend, but a blister slowed him down and Bentonville ended up grabbing the championship.

Olive Branch had every intention of grabbing its second straight Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase, but that became a harder task than anticipated on Saturday.

Star wide receiver D'Arthur Cowan (6-3, 175, 4.5), an Arkansas 2012 recruiting target, came up with a bad blister on his foot that greatly diminished his effectiveness.

He limped through a 13-11 loss to Springdale, whose defense rose to the occasion several times late to pull off the upset in a 24-team event that was won by Arkansas power Bentonville.

"Losing hurts because we wanted to win and we love to compete," Cowan said. "I got this (blister) yesterday, but played through it even though it hurt. But today, it really bothered me and I just couldn't get it going."

Arkansas is one of seven schools that have offered the Conquistadors' star – joining Mississippi State, Alabama, Memphis Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Arkansas State.

"My leaders are Arkansas, Mississippi State and Alabama," Cowan said. "I think all three are great places that I can come in and help out right away."

Cowan, who had 35 catches for 658 yards and eight touchdowns last season, had a chance to look over the Razorback program during a Junior Day this spring.

"Arkansas has a great program and a great school," Cowan said. "They have great coaches and I really like the campus. It's a good feeling when I am up here."

Certainly the fact that Arkansas puts the ball in the air a lot has sparked Cowan's interest.

"Being a receiver you want to go somewhere they throw the ball and where you can actually grow as a player," Cowan said. "I think Arkansas is definitely a place like that."

Mississippi State got a head start on the other schools.

"Mississippi State was the first school to offer me and I have a great relationship with their coaches," Cowan said. "Especially (MSU wide receivers) Coach (Angelo) Mirando.

"As far as Alabama, I really haven't talked to them much since I picked up an offer from them two or three weeks ago, but I am very interested."

Olive Branch stumbled out of the gate last season, but expects to charge out of it this campaign.

"We finished 8-5, but the team was better than the record indicated," Cowan said. "We started off real slow, but picked it up toward the end. We're going to be ready from the start this season."

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