Bledsoe set to enjoy UA's Little Rock focus

Central defensive lineman Fred Bledsoe changes official visit date to Jan. 23-25 as Razorbacks plan to show Little Rock area players special attention that weekend.

Little Rock Central defensive lineman Fred Bledsoe (6-5, 295) said it is quite simple why he has switched his official visit date to Arkansas from Jan. 16-18 to Jan. 23-25.

It's all about showing some love to the Little Rock guys.

"Arkansas wants all of us guys from Little Rock to come up on Jan. 23 so we can all be there together and they can make it kind of a Little Rock weekend," Bledsoe said. "I'm coming up and show are several other guys from Little Rock."

Bledsoe said that list will include fellow Central standout Fred Fairchild (6-2, 195), a linebacker who was recently named the defensive player of the year in the state of Arkansas.

That pair will join the Little Rock Parkview duo of tight end Marc Winston (6-7, 235) and wideout Jamal Anderson (6-5, 205) among official visitors from Central Arkansas that weekend.

"It should be fun," Bledsoe said. "I am really looking forward to it."

Bledsoe has already visited Tennessee (Dec. 9-11) and has a visit set up to Oklahoma State (Jan. 9-11).

He will also likely visit Florida now on Jan. 16-18.

"I have been talking to (Florida assistant Coach Dwyane) Dixon about possibly coming down on that weekend," Bledsoe said. "I want to take a look and see what it is like."

Bledsoe will still wait until the morning of Feb. 4, the national signing date, to announce his decision.

"I am just looking for the right place - the one that can teach me the proper technique, where I can play right away, that has great facilities and the team is together and where the coach is a great communicator," Bledsoe said.

He made it clear the homestate Razorbacks, a team he watched whip Missouri 27-14 Wednesday night in the Independence Bowl, are still at the top of his list.

"You know I love Arkansas and that may be the place for me," Bledsoe said. "We'll see. It was a great win for them the other night. They needed it after losing the last few. It was a needed win and I am sure it boosted their spirits. I was glad to see it."

Bledsoe said he has given up thoughts of playing both ways with possible snaps at tight end.

"I have had some mentoring on that and feel like it would be in my best interest to stay on one side of the ball, learn the right technique, develop as a player and make the most impact," Bledsoe said. "If I can't cut it on defense, I would certainly go over there, but I think I will be able to get it done in college."

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