During an interview Saturday after the morning session of Arkansas' Elite Camp, Denham Springs (LA) tailback and Razorback commitment Kaleb Blanchard (6-0, 210) wanted to get one point across very clearly.
"I know people in Arkansas get freaked out when LSU comes after a Razorback commit from Louisiana," Blanchard said. "Tell them I am a Hog for life. I am not going to LSU. I am very happy here and a Razorback for good."
That reference was to Tiger coaches recently letting it be known that there was an offer waiting on him if he would come to the LSU camp instead of the Arkansas one.
"It's nice that they think I am good enough to play for them, but I believe Arkansas is going to be the next great program and I am happy I am going to be a part of it," Blanchard said.
Blanchard rushed for over 1,799 yards and 21 touchdowns as a sophomore, but played only three games last season before a pair of injuries ended his campaign.
Still, he had 40 carries for 550 yards in those three games.
"Last year I had an unfortunate season that ended early with a couple of injuries," Blanchard said. "But I worked hard rehabbing my shoulder and hamstring and I am 100 percent now. I have used that as motivation to get back on the field. I am just going to have the best senior year I can."
Blanchard was able to get some pointers from Knile Davis, the Razorbacks' All-SEC tailback, during the camp.
"I think my biggest strength is my vision," Blanchard said. "But I do think I need to work on my route running. In high school, it's mostly just turning around and handing the ball off and I want to be ready to contribute in every way coming out of the backfield when I get here to college. I know how important it is to be ready for that."
Blanchard believes Denham Springs is ready for a title run this season.
"We have got everybody coming back pretty much," Blanchard said. "I have been playing with these guys since I was a little kid so we have the chemistry. I feel like if we keep working hard and do what we need to do, we will be fine."
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