After plenty of options on where to play college football, Weed (Calif.) College of the Siskyous outside linebacker Myke Tavarres is down to a pair of co-finalists.
Tavarres (6-2, 215, 4.4) has already visited Arizona and will take an official visit to Arkansas Wednesday through Friday before making his choice public in early August.
"I got it down to five schools, to three and then realized that it was going to be one of two schools for me – Arkansas or Arizona," Tavarres said. "I've already visited Arizona and now it's time to come see the Razorbacks. I'm excited about the chance to get down there and check it out."
Tavarres, a mid-term graduate who would be able to go through spring practice in 2013, made it clear why Arkansas is in the hunt.
"The thing is that they are a great program in the best league in the country – the SEC," Tavarres said. "I want to be the best and to do that you have to play against the best. That really appeals to me about Arkansas – that and the success that they have had these last few years."
Tavarres, who played his high school football at Lake Oswego (OR) Lakeridge, added one other reason.
"Let's be honest, not a lot of kids from Oregon get a chance to play in the SEC," Tavarres said. "That's big and on my mind. Playing in the Pac 12 would be okay and it would be closer so my family could see me more. It's a pretty good league, but it's not the SEC."
Tavarres had 53 tackles, 12 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles and five quarterback hurries in eight games as a freshman for College of the Siskyous.
He bench presses 320 pounds, squats 450 and has a 36-inch vertical jump to go along with that 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash.
"This time next spring I will be going through spring practice with Arkansas or Arizona," Tavarres said. "I've worked hard to put myself in this position."
Tavarres, whose final five also included Purdue, Washington and Rutgers, has been recruited for Arkansas by Razorback linebacker coach Taver Johnson and assistant Kris Cinkovich.
"Coach Johnson has really impressed with his knowledge and his approach to the game and I also really like Coach Cinkovich," Tavarres said. "They really have me excited about everything at Arkansas."
Tavarres, who also has offers from Texas Tech and Oregon State, feels like he brings a lot to the table in terms of strengths.
"The best thing about me is my ability to hit and my speed," Tavarres said. "When I make up my mind to go to the ball, I get there quickly and try to do a lot of damage once I arrive. I also think I am a leader and like that role."
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