Razorback Raised

Little Rock Catholic junior tight end Aaron Hamaker (6-5, 250) - on hand for last week's Razorback Red-White game - has a trio of offers already, but hopes Arkansas will soon join the mix.

Little Rock Catholic tight end Aaron Hamaker (6-5. 250) already has three offers, but there is a little doubt which one he would like to get next.

That would be Arkansas, which welcomed him among its guests for the Razorbacks' Red-White game last Saturday.

"It would mean a lot," Hamaker said. "I was born and raised in Little Rock and have always cheered for the Razorbacks. In fact, you can pull up any picture of me when I was young and in about 50 percent of them I am wearing an Arkansas shirt. Also my dad went to college there."

Hamaker, who just picked up an offer from UCA to go along with ones from Troy and Wyoming earlier, was told by the Razorback coaching staff that he is one of their top tight end prospects in the 2014 class.

Arkansas has a commitment from Bentonville tight end Jack Kraus (6-5, 240), but new coach Bret Bielema has always carried a lot of tight ends on his roster.

"The Arkansas coaches have told me that I am really, really close to an offer and they want to come down and see me work out during our spring practices," Hamaker said.

Hamaker is also getting interest from other SEC schools such as Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi State and Kentucky.

"Like any other young guy that grows up playing football, I want to get to college and then work on getting to the NFL," Hamaker said. "That is my dream and I am willing to put in as much work as it takes."

Bielema had five tight ends he had coached on NFL rosters at the end of last season.

"He does great things with his tight end so that is another thing that interests me a lot about going to Arkansas," Hamaker said. "You know that if you work hard and develop, you are going to get drafted if you play in his system."

Catholic has just hired a new coach in former Malvern coach John Fogleman.

"He has been at Malvern and I know he has had success there so that's a good thing," Hamaker said. "I've only got to meet him once so I don't know what style of play we are going to have."

Hamaker has areas he wants to focus on this spring and summer.

"I feel like I run really good routes and have good hands, but I want to get better at getting off the line and getting into my route," Hamaker said. "You can always get better at everything and that's the mindset I go in with each day."





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