Pine Bluff Dollarway running back/safety Joshua Liddell is no longer committed to one in-state school, but could soon be committed to another - the University of Arkansas.
Liddell (6-foot, 200 pounds) ihas said his dream is to be a Razorback. That's why he looks up to Osceola native Korliss Marshall.
Marshall was committed to UCA before being offered by Arkansas and ultimately flipping to the Razorbacks. Marshall also plays a combination of running back and safety and showed bursts of ability as a running back and kick returner during his freshman season.
"We have a lot of similarities," Liddell said of himself and Marshall. "We're about the same size, same frame, so I could see myself in a similar role that he has.
"He has good speed. And at the running back position, he has good awareness and play-making ability, which are some of the characteristics I have, as well. I saw him play against Mississippi State and he had some really good runs at running back and showed some great speed back there."
Marshall rushed for 146 yards, including 35 yards in the overtime loss to Mississippi State that Liddell attended. Marshall and Kody Walker split time in the first period of that game with Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams serving a one-quarter suspension. He also returned 19 kicks for 422 yards during the season, including an 87-yard return against Auburn.
Liddell said he thinks he would be able to contribute in the secondary, but the Arkansas coaching staff has discussed using him on offense, as well.
"I've talked to Coach (Jim) Chaney and Coach (Joel) Thomas some and they talked about possibly trying me at running back," Liddell said. "But for the most part, I see myself playing safety and that's what Coach (Bret) Bielema has told me I would probably play."
Arkansas certainly needs help at that position after losing Eric Bennett and Alan Turner to graduation. Liddell thinks his skill set would benefit the Razorbacks.
"I believe I have good instincts," he said. "Playing safety, you have to have good instincts and I think have good play recognition where I can see the play before it happens. And I also have good athleticism. So I think I would bring a combination of good instincts and good athleticism to the secondary."
Liddell visited Boise State this past weekend. Boise State coach Bryan Harsin has offered Liddell twice, first at Arkansas State and now to play for the Broncos, and Liddell admitted he would enjoy playing for him.
"I had a good visit and got to see Coach Harsin and see what Boise was all about," Liddell said. "It was nice."
Liddell will visit Arkansas this weekend and said he has a few things he will want to see.
"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."
Liddell looks up to Marshall
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