Arkansas Seeking Louisiana Defensive Flavor

Arkansas is set to host two outstanding defensive players from Louisiana this weekend on official visits in Haynesville middle linebacker Kendrick Jackson (6-1, 240) and Destrehan safety Brandon Scott (6-0, 190).

Arkansas’ two official visitors from Louisiana this weekend are two of that state’s top defenders and will help close out the class with a big bang.

Destrehan safety Brandon Scott (6-0, 190) is slated to arrive on Friday afternoon while Haynesville middle linebacker Kendrick Jackson (6-1, 240) should arrive on Saturday due to a basketball game.

Both three-star prospects had a great deal of success and ended their high school careers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Jackson’s squad won a second straight Class 1A title and Scott’s team made it to the Class 5A title game unbeaten before falling.

“Kendrick is all about doing everything he can to win a football game,” Haynesville head coach David Parker said. “He has been in our program since youth football and success has followed him at every step.”

Destrehan head coach Stephen Robicheaux echoed the same sentiment about Scott, who has 25 scholarship offers.

“Day in and day out, Brandon brought his best effort to practice, to the games and he left everything out there on the field,” Robicheaux said. “He is just simply a winner who makes plays.”

Jackson comes into the weekend officially committed to Arizona, but sources indicate that he plans to stay closer to his hometown – which is three miles from the Arkansas border.

He is also considering Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette.

Jackson, who has 230 tackles and nearly 50 tackles for lost yardage in the past two seasons, is part of a program that has won 17 state championships and been the runner-up an additional seven times.

This season’s title was won with a 16-0 blanking of Mangham, who was averaging 48 points coming into the championship game at the Mercedes Superdome in New Orleans.

Mangham head coach Tommy Tharp was left very impressed with Jackson, who spearheaded a defensive effort that shutout his team for the first time this season.

“It starts with the Jackson kid at middle linebacker,” Tharp said. “He is such a force. You’re not going to hardly block him one-on-one and getting one on one on everybody else.

“We tried several different ways to get to him and several different ways to run away from him,” Tharp added. “It’s hard to limit his success. That’s why he’s a Division I linebacker.”

Scott, a three-year starter, had 65 tackles this season, three interceptions and two tackles for lost yardage.

He has visited Texas Tech and the University of Central Florida with Arkansas being the other team in his final three after also considering Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Nebraska, Iowa and others.

“Somebody is going to end up with a great football player who will work hard every day and give them the absolute best effort he has,” Robicheaux said. “I can’t wait to see him on the next level.”

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There has been some thought that Arkansas would host North Little Rock wideout K.J. Hill on his official visit this weekend, but that’s not happening.

That’s according to Montez Peterson, Hill’s step dad, says that Hill – who was committed to the Razorbacks from late August until mid-January – has all the info he needs.

“He has decided that he has seen enough of all three schools that he is considering and will take no more visits,” Peterson said. “He will be making a choice from among those three of Ohio State, Alabama and Arkansas sometime soon.”

All three schools visited him this weekend with Barry Lunney and new Razorback offensive coordinator Dan Enos doing so on Thursday.


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