Mingo could be battle between UA, UT

Standout Dumas defender Robert Mingo has Hogs at top of his list, but also is interested in Tennessee among others.

It seems that each year lately there has been one or more of this state's top prep players that end up getting their decision down to the University of Arkansas and neighboring Tennessee.

One such player that might become the final two for during the 2005 recruiting class is 6-3, 185-pound athlete Robert Mingo of Dumas, who is blessed with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash.

"Right now it's Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Iowa, Memphis, Iowa State, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt on my list," Mingo said. " I'd say Arkansas and Tennessee are the top two, but If I made a decision today, I would probably choose Arkansas and be headed to Fayetteville to be a Razorback."

He'll get a chance to compare the two situations - and hopes to get offers from both - this summer when he attends football camps in both Fayetteville and Knoxville around playing 7-on-7 football.

"It's just so very early in my recruiting process, but I will get a chance to take a look at some schools this summer and that will help me," Mingo said. "They are both showing a lot of interest as are a lot of other schools. Arkansas has told me to make sure I make it to camp and they are planning on offering me there."

Mingo, who was in Fayetteville last month for Arkansas' Junior Day, was all over the field last season for an 8-4 Dumas team that lost in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.

"I played receiver, running back and quarterback on offense last season," Mingo said. "On defense I played cornerback, but this year since we have a new coach I am not sure where I am going to end up, but in the offseason I am playing quarterback."

He could end up at a variety of different spots in college, some depending on the school at which he ends up.

"I would like to play offense in college, but it really doesn't matter," Mingo said. "I think I am pretty versatile and can help out a team where they need it most."

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