Liddell Makes Hogs Happy

Pine Bluff Dollarway safety Josh Liddell (6-1, 198, 4.43) talks about how he was so pleased with his official visit to Arkansas this past weekend that he committed halfway through it.

In the end, it truly was an easy choice for new Razorback safety pledge Josh Liddell.

The Pine Bluff Dollarway two-way standout came into his official visit this past weekend thinking that he would eventually commit to Arkansas.

But it felt so right that Liddell (6-1, 198, 4.43) didn't even wait until the end of the visit to give his pledge to Razorback head coach Bret Bielema.

"In talking with Coach B and my family, we all came to the conclusion that it was the best decision for me – socially, academically and athletically," Liddell said Sunday after his visit finished up. "Pretty much talking with him and (cornerbacks) Coach (Taver) Johnson and Coach (Barry) Lunney, it was a pretty easy decision."

Arkansas' coaches were happy to get the Liddell pledge in hand considering he had 10 offers.

He had narrowed it down to Arkansas and Boise State and was getting late interest from Georgia.

"They were happy and they were excited and glad to have me here," Liddell said.

Liddell had 25 interceptions in his high school career, including 12 in a breakout sophomore season.

He was also the quarterback for the Cardinals and passed for 1,257 yards, rushed for 1,278 more and accounted for 36 touchdowns for the Cardinals.

Liddell also had 45 tackles and 3 picks this season.

‘I think playing quarterback really has helped me develop my instincts at safety," Liddell said. "It kind of works hand in hand."

It appears Liddell might be a student of the game.

"With Coach Johnson, we were pretty much just breaking down film and seeing where they would play me on defense and getting to know more about my position and where I stand," Liddell said. "That was probably my favorite part of my visit. We are talking safety, but he mixed in a little corner possibly. But mostly safety."

Liddell was hosted on his visited this weekend by Arkansas linebacker Martrell Spaight and tight end Jeremy Sprinkle.

"Coach Johnson told me that was a weakness for them last year and there is an opportunity that if I come in and work hard that I could contribute and play right away."

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