Liddell open to being a Hog

Although Josh Liddell is committed to Arkansas State, he could flip if offered by the Razorbacks.

For Arkansas State commit Josh Liddell, he said simply getting the chance to play football at the collegiate level is a blessing.

But if a Southeastern Conference school that he has been a fan of offered him, he would certainly listen.

"Ever since I was about 13, I've been a fan of the Razorbacks and I've been wanting an offer from Arkansas," Liddell said. "So that would be a dream come true."

The Pine Bluff Dollarway running back/safety committed to Arkansas State back in July, before the 2013 season even began.

At the time, Arkansas State's coach was Bryan Harsin, but he has since returned to his alma mater, Boise State, taking over for the departed Chris Petersen. Liddell (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) said that's part of the reason he would be more willing to explore other colleges if the opportunity arose.

"When I went on my visit up there last summer, I met Coach Harsin and his staff and I really liked that staff and I liked the way they handled their players," Liddell said. "They had a good, family-like atmosphere. You could tell that the coaches built a tight relationship with their players and so I really liked that."

"I was disappointed when he left. It's a great opportunity for him and his family. While I wish he would have stayed at Arkansas State, I wish him the very best at Boise.

"That was the coach that gave me my offer. He was the one that watched me at camp and watched my film and then gave me an offer. So it's just a different situation with a new head coach, now."

Harsin decided to extend an offer to Liddell, giving him the chance to play for him at Boise State.

Liddell does maintain a close relationship with former Arkansas assistant and current Arkansas State defensive line coach, Steve Caldwell, as well. Caldwell has served as one of the Red Wolves' lead recruiters for Liddell.

"He's a cool guy and really funny, also," Liddell said of Caldwell. "We have a really good relationship where we can really talk about anything. We talk a lot after games too, though. He's fun to talk to and I enjoy being around him."

Still, Liddell is hoping to visit Arkansas in January once the dead period ends.

"I'd be looking for a chance to really meet the coaches and get to know them better," Liddell said. "I'd also want to get to know the campus, learn some things about academics and as far as football goes, I would just want to see what the coaches think I could offer to the program and where I would fit in."

Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. has been recruiting Liddell, who would likely play safety at Arkansas.

"Coach Lunney and I have a good relationship, too," he said. "We talk back and forth on Twitter. And he's a younger guy than Coach Caldwell, so we can relate better in some ways. He's just another guy I like talking to from time to time and being able to discuss anything with."

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