Liddell Gets Dream Offer From Arkansas

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson talks to Pine Bluff Dollarway safety prospect Josh Liddell (6-2, 190, 4.43), who has picked off 25 passes the past three seasons and was offered a scholarship by Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema on Thursday. This story is free courtesy NWA Chevy Dealers. Click the banner to learn more.

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema had a chance to watch a lot of film during the recent month-long dead period and he knew right where he was headed when recruiting went live again on Thursday.

Bielema and assistant Barry Lunney, Jr., went straight to Pine Bluff Dollarway, where they arrived early Thursday morning to offer safety Josh Liddell (6-2, 190, 4.43).

Liddell, a prospect the Razorbacks loved in their camp this past summer, played quarterback and safety for the Cardinals this past season.

"Coach Bielema and Coach Lunney came to my school and said they had been evaluating my tape during the break and they were certain they wanted to offer me now and wanted to do it as quick as they could.

"It made me feel great to finally get the offer and I am so excited about it," Liddell added. "My family and I have been waiting for it. I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am."

Liddell, who had 10 interceptions as a junior and 12 as a sophomore, has not tried to hide his fondness for the Razorbacks.

"I believe that I bring really good football instincts, break on the ball well and have good size and great speed," Liddell said. "I think all that has factored into me being able to get a lot of pics."

He rushed 112 times for 1,278 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior while also completing 44-of-58 passes for 1,257 yards and 15 more scores.

Liddell also had 55 tackles, 3 interceptions and five pass break ups in 2013 for a Dollarway team that went 13-1 and lost to Booneville in the Class 4A state playoff semifinals.

He committed to Arkansas State before head coach Bryan Harsin left Dec. 11 to take over at Boise State.

"Yes, I was committed to Arkansas State, but with the coaching change staff leaving that kind of changed things," Liddell said. "Coach Harsin did offer me a scholarship once he got to Boise."

Liddell is currently scheduled to visit Boise State this weekend and Arkansas Jan. 24-26.

But that could change after a meeting with his mom and his coach.

"I plan to meet with my mom and my coach and decide what would be best - to go ahead and take the trip to Boise or not," Liddell said. "Arkansas is my leader. I am just going to talk to them and see what they think is best."

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