While most people inside the state of Arkansas have heard of athlete Deandre Murray, Springdale also has another Division I prospect that is getting some looks.
That's tight end Josiah Wymer (6-5, 255), who has flown under the radar due in part to catching just 11 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns last season.
"I think a lot of people under-estimate my speed and think I am just a big slow guy that just blocks," Wymer said. "But I have good hands, run good routes and can get separation. I just have to get people to see that this spring and summer."
Wymer has been up to see the new Razorback coaching staff on a couple of occasions now and liked what he saw in last Saturday's Arkansas Red-White game.
"I really enjoyed watching it a lot," Wymer said. "They have a lot of formations that two tight ends so that tells you that it is really important to them and that's big for a guy like me."
Wymer, who did not play football as a sophomore and only basketball while living in Cabot, is getting interest from Arkansas, Auburn, Memphis, Arkansas State, Arkansas Tech and Northern Colorado.
"Arkansas coaches have told me that since I didn't play as a sophomore, it is early in the evaluation process and they need to see more of me," Wymer said. "They have invited me to their June camp and I am going to do that."
Springdale, 4-6 last season, is hoping to break through this season and regain its status among the state's elite.
"Our motto this year is ‘Return to Glory,'" Wymer said. "We take a lot of pride in our history and we want to be the team that gets it back going the right way."
Murray – who also didn't play as a sophomore – and Wymer are among numerous starters coming back for the Red Bulldogs.
"We have pretty much all of our offensive starters coming back to with a new quarterback," Wymer said. "Our defense is also pretty stacked. Our goal is just to improve every day and be there at the end."
The Red Bulldogs will be donned in black uniforms at times this season.
"They were a big surprise to us and we all were really excited," Wymer said. "It just gives us another reason to get excited about what we hope will be a big year."
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