Arkansas Hops Aboard The Carson Train

Arkansas became the ninth program to offer Texarkana, Texas, Liberty-Eylau junior defensive end Lagarryon Carson (6-5, 260, 4.61) on Saturday after he came to Fayetteville for an unofficial visit.

As you might expect when you are a 6-5, 260-pound junior defensive end that runs a 4.61 40-yard dash, Texarkana, Texas, Liberty-Eylau star Lagarryon Carson gets a lot of attention from college coaches.

He certainly did on Saturday when he visited Arkansas’ campus as the Razorbacks were holding their Advanced Football Camp.

In fact, he left with a Razorback offer, which ran his total to nine so far with Alabama, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma , Tennessee, SMU and North Texas being the others.

“I like it up here,” Carson said of Arkansas. “I have seen a lot of good things up here and they have a nice coaching staff. I think this will be in my top schools.

“They have made me feel at home, like I have been here for years even thought I haven’t even been here yet.”

Arkansas assistant coach Barry Lunney, Jr., has been communicating regularly with Carson, who had 101 tackles and 5 sacks as a sophomore.

“He just tells me to do good in school and I call him when I get the chance," Carson said. He can’t call me so I call him and we talk about school and how good it is up here and now I have seen that for myself.”

It was his first trip to look at a college program.

“This is the only school I have visited so far,” Carson said. “We have just started setting it up and I wanted Arkansas to be my first one. Next one is going to be Alabama and then I am going to see Baylor and all them.”

There were a couple of things that impressed him the most.

“I think the weight room would be pretty nice for me and they have a couple more things like the place to relax (the players’ lounge),” Carson said. “It looked pretty nice.”

Carson knows a young man his size running a 4.61 40-yard dash is not typical. “I promise,” Carson said. “I first ran a 4.72 and then I strided and ran a 4.8 and then I ran a 4.61.”

Carson is the cousin of current Texas A&M tailback Tra Carson, who obviously went through the recruiting process earlier and has some sage advice for him.

“He tells me don’t listen to all that and go visit the school for yourself and see how you like it, don’t just let anybody tell you how it is,” Carson said.

Carson said he is not of the mindset for a long, drawn-out recruiting process and will probably narrow his list down before the start of his junior season.

“Probably the beginning of my next year, my junior year,” Carson said. “I will probably have some schools up top, my top schools, my top five.”

He mentioned Arkansas, Alabama, Baylor, A&M and Texas as schools he is high on at the moment.

“It’s probably going to be how good their work ethic is, how they make me feel there and how I like the school and their campus,” Carson said.

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