Big Decision Looms

One of Arkansas top mid-ttargets is Los Angeles (CA) Harbor defensive end Austin Flynn (6-5, 255, 4.55), who will be deciding between the Razorbacks and Oregon and likely signing with one of the two schools on Wednesday.

Now that Los Angeles (CA) Harbor defensive end Austin Flynn has something to compare his Arkansas visit to, he's ready to make a decision.

Flynn (6-5, 255, 4.55), who visited the Razorbacks back on Dec. 2-4, took an official trek to Oregon State this past weekend.

He then spent some time on the telephone with new Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes on Sunday.

"I believe I have all the information that I need to make a good decision," Flynn said. "I am just going to sit down with my family and talk it all over today and Tuesday. I'm going to likely sign on Wednesday (as the national juco signing period opens). I guess I could wait until the end of the week, but I think I'll be ready on Wednesday."

He enjoyed the chance to visit with Haynes.

"It was a really good conversation and he just let me know what he is all about, what type of coach he is and what type of defense he wants to run and how I would fit in," Flynn said. "He was very impressive. He just went over the basic stuff so I could get a good feel of what he was about and what I would be doing if I sign there."

Flynn is considered a key recruit for the Razorbacks to replace senior Jake Bequette after a season in which the juco standout had 45 tackles, 11 sacks and 21 quarterback hurries.

Since Flynn has visited Arkansas, the Razorbacks replaced Willy Robinson with Haynes as the defensive coordinator.

"I'll admit it was a shocker to me and from what I understand a big shock to him (Robinson) and he didn't know it was coming," Flynn said. "I think he is a great man and a great coach and he was the one that got me interested in Arkansas and was doing all my recruiting in the first place.

"I am going to stay in contact with him and keep up with how he is doing," Flynn added. "I know he'll get a job and be successful somewhere else."

There have been some Arkansas fans worrying that the decision might push him away to Oregon State.

"No, I am still feeling really strong about Arkansas," Flynn said. "That's not going to make my decision. While it was troubling, it is about committing to school and the best situation for you and that's what I intend to do."

Flynn did enjoy his visit to Oregon State.

"It went really well and I enjoyed the visit, enjoyed the town and the facilities," Flynn said. "It seems like a very nice place."

He obviously had a great visit to Arkansas.

"I can't say enough about my visit down to Arkansas and the people and the facilities and just everything around the program," Flynn said. "It clearly is a big-time program and someplace I think I could be very happy playing at the next couple of years."

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