One Last Look

Arkansas will spend the weekend trying to show Dallas Oak Cliff athlete Melvinson Hartfield (5-11, 185) why he should become a Razorback as he is one of four prospects taking official visits to Fayetteville Friday through Sunday.

Because he was the last coach to join the Arkansas staff, Michael Smith has not had the opportunity to have as big an impact as the other new Razorback hires in terms of recruiting.

But that doesn't mean the former Kansas State and current Arkansas wide receiver coach is going to come up empty.

That's because Dallas Oak Cliff athlete and current Wildcats commit Melvinson Hartfield (5-11, 185, 4.36) - who Arkansas is looking at as a wideout - is one of four prospects taking official visits to Fayetteville this weekend.

"It was Coach Smith," noted Hartfield before he began his visit. "He is the main reason that I really wanted to come. It was a hard week. I had to make a lot of hard decisions and everything."

He made the trip to Fayetteville despite Kansas State's threat to pull his scholarship if he did so.

"If they want me really want me, I don't think they would really pull it," said Hartfield, who had 12 catches for 324 yards and two touchdowns on offense this year and four interceptions on defense.

It may not matter after this visit to Arkansas anyway.

"If I feel comfortable than this (Arkansas) is where I belong," said Hartsfield, who got an home visit from Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.

"I do every thing well," Hartfield said. "Whatever coach wants me to do. I'll play receiver, cornerback, safety, be a return man. I think I can get a little faster and bigger."

Arkansas has told him that not only may he play wide receiver, but also see time as nickle back on defense.

"I'll do it," Hartfield said. "Whatever it takes, whatever the coaches want me to do."

He lauded Smith for staying after him even as he changed jobs.

"It's the way he keeps in contact with me, the way he offers me," Hartfield said. "He was the first college coach that I ever talked to."

Hartfield notes that his parents are very excited about his opportunities.

"My parents love the fact that I am being able to do this," Hartfield said. "They are loving everything. It is real big in my family because my father wasn't able to go to college. My mother wasn't able to go, but they trained me up right. They have been my coaches, they have been my trainers and trained me up right. They have helped me get this far."

A decision is obviously near with Wednesday's national signing date looming.

"I will talk it with my coach before I do anything," Hartfield said. "Come signing day this is where I will sign if I like it."

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