Sprinkle Shines On Gridiron And Diamond

White Hall two-sport star Daniel Sprinkle (6-4, 230) - the younfer brother of Razorback tight end Jeremy Sprinkle - could have a future on either the football field or the baseball diamond, but this week he is concentrating off on the gridiron at Arkansas Football Camp.

White Hall two-sport star Daniel Sprinkle will likely have a decision to make one day about whether his future will be on the football field or the baseball diamond.

But right now Sprinkle (6-4, 230) is just enjoying his time with both sports – including working out for the Arkansas football coaches at their high school camp this week.

"I am leaning more toward football right now," Sprinkle said. "But I will keep in conversation with my parents and we'll just see where it goes."

Both the Razorback football and baseball coaches are showing interest in Sprinkle, who says he ran a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash earlier in camp and is also a defensive end prospect.

"I think it has gone great," Sprinkle said of his camp performance. "I am fighting full body cramps right now. I am just ready to get back out there and try to get on doing good.

"They (the Razorback coaches) have told me that I am doing a great job," Sprinkle said. "I ran faster than what I expected. I ran a 4.6 in the 40. They are telling me to keep it up."

Sprinkle had 24 catches for 399 yards last season and also had 71 tackles with six sacks and 12 stops for lost yardage.

He is getting football attention from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Auburn, Illinois, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Ole Miss and Tech.

Most of the baseball attention is coming from professional scouts, who were at most of his high school games this season.

He is very familiar with Arkansas since his brother Jeremy is a redshirt sophomore tight end for the Razorbacks and he has been to Razorback camps the last three seasons.

"I like Arkansas," Sprinkle said. "I have been up here several times....The facilities are top notch at Arkansas and they are still building some."

He admits it has been fun watching his brother don a Razorback jersey and make plays.

"He has worked hard to get there and it is good to see it pay off," Sprinkle said.

Sprinkle, whose fast ball touches 90 miles per hour, threw 153 pitches while going the distance in White Hall's 3-0 win over defending champion Pulaski Academy in the Class 5A state title game at Arkansas' Baum Stadium.

"At the end of the game I did not know how many pitches I had thrown," Sprinkle said. "I think they (the coaches) lost count. But people in the stands were saying I had pitched over 150."

He has shown that he can bring the heat and also vary it with a change up, which was clocked with a 20 mile difference at a recent event.

"I am still working on my fast ball, which is my top pitch and I am still working on my off-speed," Sprinkle said. "I have touched as high as 92 on my fast ball."

White Hall was not tabbed as a state title contender going into the season, but certainly was the last team standing at the end.

The Bulldogs (16-11) ended the season by winning its last four games and became the first ever fourth seed from its conference to win a Class 5A state title.

"At the beginning of the season no one really expected us to go that far," Sprinkle said. "I think we really showed people what we could do when we made it that far."

Sprinkle just got back from Florida where he pitched in a Perfect Games National Showcase event featuring some of the nation's top baseball prospects.

"I went down there and threw two innings at Fort Myers," Sprinkle said. "I thought I did real good."

If he is taken high in the Major League Baseball draft next June, Sprinkle would have a tough decision.

"I don't know how that is going to work out, but I do know it is a possibility," Sprinkle said. "I am just going to worry about what I can control now and that is trying to get scholarship from Arkansas. That's the main thing on my mind right now."

Daniel Sprinkle accepts the Most Valuable Player Award after pitching his team to a 3-0 win over Pulaski Academy in the Class 5A state title game at Baum Stadium.

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