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In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson talks to Texas standout Catron Houston and others about the University of Arkansas' upcoming first big football recruiting weekend.<br><br> This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event on the Arkansas Toyota Dealers website. Click on a banner to find out the details.<br><br>

If you had a chance to watch No. 1 USC whip Notre Dame on Saturday night or catch the nation's number one team at any time this season, you probably liked what you saw from Trojans' playmaker Reggie Bush.

It's tough to classify him as just a running back or a wide receiver. However, playmaker who lines up at several spots and scores a lot certainly fits.

The University of Arkansas will get an official visit this weekend from just such a versatile weapon in Catron Houston, a 6-0, 185-pound standout from Spring Woods, Texas, with 4.4 speed who found the end zone 22 times this season.

He did so 13 times via the ground while rushing for over 700 yards and another 9 times while catching 31 passes for just over 550 yards.

Houston has already visited Arizona and Texas Tech and will also visit Kansas State (Dec. 17-19) before making a decision around Christmas.

"A lot of the coaches say they think they can use me just like Reggie Bush of USC," Houston said Sunday night. "I think I am able to make a lot of plays out of the backfield and out on the edge so I'm looking forward to being utilized like that."

Houston is one of eight or so recruits the Razorbacks are expected to have in for this weekend, one of the three big recruiting weekends along with the following weekend and Jan. 22-24.

There is expected to be only one other offensive guy in Texarkana running back Brandon Barnett (5-9, 188, 4.4), who rushed for over 1,000 yards this season despite battling injuries throughout the season and who put up over 160 against Springdale.

The other defensive guys who have confirmed they will be visit this weekend, include Itawamba (Miss.) Community College's linebacker Jerome Lyons (6-2, 235), Norcross (Ga.) Meadowcreek defensive end Antonio Forbes (6-4, 265), Mesquite (Texas) Horn defensive end Cordero Moore (6-2, 260), New Orleans (La.) Abramson linebacker Alonzo Horton (6-3, 222) and New Orleans Landry linebacker Robert Russell (6-0, 205).

Lyons, a former Houston (Miss.) High standout, is a mid-term graduate who could go through spring practice and would have three years to play for the Razorbacks.

His 2004 season ended just six plays into it, but his knee injury turned out to not be as severe as first thought.

"They had thought initially that he had tore up his knee, but when they got in there to scope it, it was not that bad at all," Itawamba assistant coach Buddy Wilson said. "In fact all they did was kind of clean it up and he could have played. But we didn't want to waste a year of his eligibility because we were several games in when they happened so we just held him out and looked at the bigger picture."

Lyons has already visited UAB and will visit Ole Miss on Dec. 10-12.

He made a big impact as a freshman while recording 75 tackles (55 of which were solo), picking off four passes and causing four fumbles in the eight games that he played back in the 2003 season.

"I'm excited about visiting Arkansas," Lyons said. "(Razorback assistant) Coach (Mike) Markuson has told me how they need somebody to come in and play right away and how they think I can be that guy if I can come in and work hard."

Arkansas will be in the home of Forbes on Wednesday night after a season in which he rolled up 136 tackles, had 13 quarterback sacks and grabbed an interception and ran it back 90 yards for a touchdown.

"I'm excited about getting up there," Forbes said. "Right now I will also take a visit to Alabama later in the month, but I may just get up there in Fayetteville, like it and make my decision."

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