The defending state championship Fayetteville Bulldogs had a third player receive an offer to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday.
Arkansas extended a scholarship offer to safety Alex Brignoni the day after Fayetteville's spring game. Brignoni joined teammates Brooks Ellis and Austin Allen with offers from the Razorbacks.
"I feel good about the offer," Brignoni said. "I love the Hogs and I can't really put into words how grateful I am for the offer, but I'm extremely excited.
"I've grown up wanting to go to Arkansas and knowing that I can go play my favorite sport and get an education there means a lot."
Even though Brinoni said he has grown up in the University of Arkansas' "backyard," he has taken a few unofficial visits and enjoyed them.
"I went to a couple of games last year and went to the spring game this year," Brignoni said. "The atmosphere is crazy there and Arkansas fans are some of the best in the country. It's always a good experience overall."
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety had 127 tackles and 10 interceptions in Fayetteville's run to the state championship last season. As the Bulldogs returned to the field this spring, Brignoni said competing against Allen, who has received various offers including Arkansas, Tennessee and Notre Dame, has helped him progress as a defensive back.
"Austin has so many of the skills that quarterbacks in college have," Brignoni said. "He has a lot of zip on the ball and his accuracy is pinpoint. It helps me to be good with technique and it makes me a better player to know I have to break quicker."
Allen attended the Elite 11 quarterbacks camp at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in March and Ellis had 92 tackles last season as a linebacker for the Bulldogs, earning the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Defensive Player of the Year award.
"It's great for our program," Fayetteville coach Daryl Patton said. "We have three young men who have been offered by numerous schools and they have earned it.
"They're good leaders for our football team and our kids look up to them and respect them."
With three collegiate prospects returning after a state championship season, Brignoni said the Bulldogs are embracing high expectations to repeat in 2012.
"It wouldn't be a good feeling not to get back there," Brignoni said. "We believe we can. We have respect for every team in the conference, but we just have to go out every Friday night and play as hard as can and that will lead to good results."
Fayetteville will officially begin its campaign toward a back-to-back state championship at the Simmons First/Hootens.com Kickoff Week on Aug. 30. Allen, Brignoni and Ellis will get a chance to play at the home field of the University that is closest to home and has offered the three when they face Memphis University School at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Hogs Offer Third Fayetteville Prospect
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