Bielema and his staff will see Destrehan standout safety Brandon Scott (6-0, 190) and Haynesville middle linebacker Kendrick Jackson (6-1, 240) - both of whom are scheduled to take official visits to Arkansas this weekend.
Scott has taken visits to Texas Tech and the University of Central Florida while TCU and UCLA have also been involved according to Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux.
Started today in Miami, morning stop in west Florida, then Atlanta, dinner in South Georgia and just walked into hotel in New Orleans. #WPS— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) January 28, 2015
“Arkansas is coming down to see him on Wednesday and I think he is supposed to be there this weekend,” Robicheaux said. “We have eight guys signing next week so I get all of the visits and coaches confused some times.”
One thing Robicheaux is not confused about is how good a player Scott has been for him the last few years.
“He is a great, great kid and a great football player that plays the game the right way,” Robicheaux said. “He has been a leader for us on the field and has made so many plays and helped us have so much success.
“He is a hard-hitting free safety who is good in coverage and also loves to come down and hit people,” Robicheaux added. “He is the best that we have had here since (former Miami and NFL player) Ed Reed.
“Now I have not saying he is Ed Reed, but I am saying that he has that same type mentality about football and he is going to be a big-time college football player for someone," Robicheaux said.
Destrehan went 14-1 this season and lost to Acadina 23-7 in the Class 5A championship game inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Robicheaux and Scott have taken notice of what happened this season at Arkansas, who won three of its last four games - including blanking two ranked foes.
“Coach Bielema and his staff have done just a terrific job in getting that turned around at Arkansas,” Robicheaux said. “You can tell they are in for great things.”
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Jackson is currently committed to Arizona, but has never tried to hide his excitement about the Arkansas program.
He noted last spring that he had tried to commit to the Razorbacks, but Bielema has a policy of wanting prospects to visit first.
Jackson, whose town of 2,000 or so is just across the Arkansas border, had 118 tackles this season, including 24 for lost yardage, two sacks and an interception.
He was also the Golden Tors’ quarterback in a Wing-T offense and led Haynesville to a 16-0 win over Mangham in the Class 1A state championship game at the Super Dome.
It was the 13-1 Golden Tors’ second straight state title.
Arkansas linebacker pledge Derrick Graham of Wachula, Fla., Hardee is clearly ready to sign his letter-of-intent with the Razorbacks.
It appears Houston, Texas, Cypress Falls cornerback Nate Dalton feels the same way.
week away from signing a paper of future 4 @Mrperfection352! I am so ready 4 this page to turn. So I can get 2the story of this next level— Mr. Graham (@PjMregraham1911) January 28, 2015
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Good morning!! pic.twitter.com/mPnbDqSd4K— Nathaniel Dalton (@TheN8Dalton) January 28, 2015
5:45 p.m. update:
Arkansas super fan Canaan Sandy - who showed up for North Little Rock wide receiver K.J. Hill's press conference in August when he committed to the Razorbacks - hasn't given up on Hill yet. He sent out a tweet today encouraging Hill - who has visited Alabama and Ohio State the last two weeks - to still be a Razorback.