Texas Linebacker High On Hogs

Carrollton, Texas (Hebron High) inside linebacker Alex Odiari arrived in Fayetteville Friday to begin his third official visit.

Odiari has already officially visited TCU and Texas Tech.

"Both of those visits went well," Odiari said.

Odiari has over 15 schools that he was still considering, but is slowly narrowing that list.

"It's real hard, I may still go to Oklahoma State, I'm just not sure yet," Odiari said.

"I'm still undecided on a few things, I may wait until signing day to announce my decision."

Odiari (6-foot-0, 225 pounds) is excited about the recent hiring of Reggie Herring, Arkansas' new defensive cooridinator.

"That's what I'm talking about, he's a 4-3 base defensive coach," Odiari said.

"I'm very happy, if you have three linebackers, then that means that at least eight need to be prepared to play on Saturdays. Not a knock on their past 4-2-5 defense, but this better suits my skills. I can't wait to meet coach Herring this weekend. We ran a 4-3 defense at my high school."

Odiari recorded 82 tackles and 8 sacks this season

"Most of the games I only played one half of football," Odiari said.

Odiari runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and bench presses 325 pounds.

"I'm looking for a school that has good fans, great coaches and the opportunity to get a great education," Odiari said.

FLORIDA RUNNING BACK NARROWS LIST DOWN
Tallahassee, Florida (Rickards) running back Michael Smith Jr. has narrowed his list of potential schools down to Arkansas and Purdue.

"I'll probably make my decision after I finish my visit at Arkansas and have time to discuss things over with my parents," Smith Jr. said.

"I'm pretty sure that I'll make a final decision real soon."

Smith Jr. also considered Auburn and LSU.

"We had a new coach and he put in a passing offense, so my rushing yards where a little down this year," Smith Jr. said.

For the season, he rushed for over 800 yards and 15 touchdowns, had 450 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. Smith Jr. accumulated 979 return yards, returning 6 kickoffs for touchdowns and taking 2 punts for scores.

"I'm real dangerous returning kicks, it gives me the opportunity to see the whole field and everyone's in front of me," Smith Jr. said.

"Most of the schools recruiting me are telling me that my return skills could offer me the chance to play early. I could also line up in the slot some at receiver."

Smith Jr. had the chance to follow Arkansas on national television this season and came away impressed with what he saw.

"I really enjoyed watching them play and I love their offensive scheme," Smith Jr. said.

"I'm not going to rule out the possibility of me playing receiver in college, if that where the coaches feel like that's the best position suited for me then, I'll play it."

Smith Jr. (5-7, 170) runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds.

GRID NOTES
Arkansas is scheduled to host six prospects this weekend for official visits.

They are: Weston, Fla. (Cypress Bay) offensive lineman Michael Aguirre (6-5, 305); New Orleans (St. Augustine) tight end Selvish Capers (6-5, 250)l Atlanta, Ga. (Benjamin E. Mays) receiver Ramon McElrathbey (6-0, 185); Tallahassee, Fla. (Rickards) duo defensive back Kent Richardson (6-0, 190); Odiari and Smith Jr.

BRETT BRADLEY COVERS RECRUITING FOR THE MORNING NEWS. HIS COLUMNS APPEAR ON FRIDAYS.

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