FAYETTEVILLE -- Little Rock Central running back Mickey Dean received only one offer this spring. It came from one of his favorite schools, Arkansas.
"It means a lot to me to have my first scholarship offer, especially since it came from Arkansas," Dean said. "I'm going to keep my options open for now, but that could change any day."
Dean also is being recruited by Alabama, LSU, Memphis, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Texas and Tulsa.
"I'll take some unofficial visits during the season, but I'm going to hold off on taking any official visits," Dean said. "All that's important to me but right now, I'm just concentrating on defending our state title."
Dean (5-foot-9, 200 pounds) rushed for two touchdowns Friday night in the Tigers 38-0 win against West Memphis.
"We have so many weapons, it's hard to key on just one of us," Dean said. "Plus, our senior class decided to dedicate this game to Antwain Robinson."
Robinson (6-2, 230) also has a scholarship offer from Arkansas, but has been sidelined since early this summer after going to the doctor for an ailing knee and being diagnosed with a rare bone disease.
"He's still one of our leaders," Dean said. "Antwain is always there encouraging us to maintain our focus, continue to work hard and take nothing for granted."
Last year, Dean rushed for 1,297 yards and 22 touchdowns on his way to being named to the Class AAAAA All-State team.
Dean runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and bench presses 235 pounds.
"Some people question my speed which is fine with me, but count how many times you see me get caught in the open field," Dean said.
Dean attended the Arkansas-New Mexico State game Saturday night with fellow Arkansas recruits Robinson and safety Kevin Thornton.
"Their young, but Arkansas has a lot of young talent and the future is very bright," Dean said.
TEXAS DB WATCHING ARKANSAS FROM A DISTANCE
Longview, Texas, defensive back Corderra Hunter has been a hidden Razorbacks fan every since former Longview player Fred Talley decided to attend Arkansas.
"Fred has always been a mentor to me, to see the success that he had at Arkansas was great," Hunter said. "He's one of the main reasons that I've have such a great interest in Arkansas.
"We have a lot of tradition on sending guys to Division I programs, so we always keep tabs on them."
Arkansas is battling Arizona, Kansas, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas Tech for Hunter.
"All those schools have offered me a scholarship already," Hunter said.
Hunter (6-2, 180, 4.4) has Oklahoma and Texas Tech slightly ahead of the other programs.
"Both of those offer good pre-med programs. That's why they have a little edge over the other schools," said Hunter, who had three interceptions last year. "I'll go anywhere, it just depends on where I'm the most comfortable at."
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