Richardson Pearce Duo Stands Ready

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson chats with future Razorbacks Colin Tucker and Matt Harris at Saturday night's Tom Landry Classic in Dallas.

DALLAS - A Saturday night of watching a trio of friends and fellow future Razorbacks play only got the Richardson Pearce duo of Colin Tucker and Matt Harris even more ready to open their own season.

Offensive lineman Tucker (6-5, 272) and secondary man Matt Harris (6-2, 175) will do so this Friday night when they travel to face The Colony in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

"We beat them last year pretty good," Tucker said. "If we play like we did a couple of weeks ago in our scrimmage against Kimball, we'll be just fine and should beat them again."

Tucker and Harris were on hand to watch the three other UA 2005 commits from Texas - Allen defensive end Marcus Shavers (6-3, 260) and quarterback Casey Dick (6-2, 195) and Mesquite's Reggie Fish (5-7, 150) - play in the first game of the Tom Landry Classic.

"We are all big friends and we just wanted to come and show our support for them," Tucker said. "We're all excited about coming to Arkansas."

They were part of a horde of Arkansas fans on hand wearing their Razorback garb for the game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus of SMU, an outing that ended with Allen downing Mesquite 31-13.

"Even before I committed I could have outfitted myself every day of the week in a different Razorback outfit," said Tucker, who had 19 scholarship offers. "I have so many family members up there in Arkansas and my mom was telling me the other day that 32 members of my family have attended Arkansas. I knew from day one that was where I wanted to go."

Harris, the son of former Dallas Cowboy Cliff Harris, had plenty of his own Arkansas stuff seeing as how his dad was born in Fayetteville and his step mom in Springdale.

"I love the state of Arkansas," Harris said. "This couldn't have worked out any better for me. I wanted to be a Razorback all along and even though I had some other offers, it was all about Arkansas."

Tucker is part of three returning starters on the line and 13 overall for Richardson Pearce, 8-4 a season ago, while cornerback Harris - who will play safety in college - is part of a defense that he says is expected to be one of the school's best ever.

"We've got a new quarterback and a couple of young guys that are going to be key players for us," Tucker said. "I think we have a real shot in our district this year to win the championship and go on and do some damage in the state playoffs. With the cohesiveness we have, we should go far."

Fish, a quarterback for Mesquite who will be a wideout for Arkansas, was 12-of-29 passing for 157 yards and a score and had 13 carries for 75 yards, including two dazzling 18-yard runs in which he eluded numerous tackles.

""We came out a little slow, a little sluggish and you can't do that against a team like Allen," Fish said. "I was proud we responded in the second half and came out motivated and got with it. I guess I played okay, but you never feel like you played your best when it results in a loss."

Shavers and Dick both had solid games on Saturday night as Allen opened up with the win for the first time in three years and did so just a month after teammate Travis Dickerson died in a car accident.

Dick was 15-of-26 passing for 237 yards and two touchdowns with his one interception returned for a touchdown. Shavers recovered a fumble that resulted in his 7-yard touchdown catch on a botched field goal attempt.

"We got off to a great start," noted Shavers of his team's 24-0 halftime lead. "We played with fanatical effort. What made it even better was seeing all the Razorback fans in the stands and competing against another future Arkansas player."


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