Smith Waiting For More Offers

Hezekiah Smith likes the fact Arkansas is showing a great deal of interest in having him come to play college football.

But Smith isn't content with just one choice of schools at the next level.

With Louisiana-Monroe already offering a scholarship and a slew of others keeping in touch, Smith has plenty of options before making up his mind.

A 6-foot, 195-pound senior at Sylvan Hills, Smith has been a busy man this fall. Playing some halfback, fullback, wide receiver, linebacker and safety, Smith has helped the Bears get off to a 7-1 start and a No. 6-ranking.

The Bears, who won their first 7 games, suffered their first defeat Friday with a 17-7 loss at Cabot. But Smith is still confident Sylvan Hills can finish strong. And right now, helping the Bears is the main thing on his mind.

"As long as we keep working hard and keep doing what we're doing on defense," said Smith. " then we'll be successful."

Smith has Arkansas near the top of his list of schools while UL-Monroe continues to get high marks from the Sylvan Hills prospect.

"I'm kind of wide open. Arkansas is one of my top schools," Smith said. "(Louisiana) Monroe would have to be at the top because they're the first to offer me..

"But I'm more focused on my own football season right now. I'll worry about that stuff more after the season."

Along with Arkansas and ULM, Smith said Rice, Tulsa, Tennessee, Memphis and Oklahoma State are also calling or sending letters frequently.

Smith runs a 4.5 in the 40 and is being recruited by most schools as a strong safety. Coach Bobby Allen is recruiting Smith for the Razorbacks.

In just four games on defense, Smith has totaled nearly 40 tackles heading into last Friday's game.

Smith has been to one Arkansas game -- it's 22-20 loss against Texas on Sept. 11 -- and was hoping to make it up to Saturday's Georgia game.

So far, Smith has just one official visit lined up, that being a trip to visit Louisiana-Monroe in early December.


Darren McFadden, a 6-1, 205-pound tailback from Pulaski Oak Grove, who verbally committed to Arkansas back in April, had another impressive night Friday. McFadden ran for 110 yards on 17 carries and had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown in Oak Grove's 41-7 win against Crossett.

McFadden is ranked as the No. 8 running back in the nation by The and has chosen the Razorbacks over Alabama and Tennessee, among others.

Rod Coleman, a UA verbal commit back in September, also had a nice showing Friday. A 6-2 senior being recruited as a wide receiver, Coleman ran for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns while playing quarterback for Camden Fairview in a 35-7 win at Sheridan.

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