Hogs Looking For Pass Rushers

There is very little doubt that Arkansas is looking for a few good sack artists, the guys that like to introduce themselves to the quarterback over and over.

They've already got one committed in Allen (Texas) High standout Marcus Shavers (6-4, 255), who will be in the U.S. Army All-American Game on Jan. 15.

The Razorbacks are also the leader for Norcross (Ga.) Meadowcreek defensive end Antonio Forbes (6-4, 260, 4.6), who got a home visit last week from Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt, defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and offensive line coach Mike Markuson.

"The fact that they sent so many coaches to see me was very impressive, especially because the head coach showed up," Forbes said late Monday afternoon. "Sometimes you get a special teams coach from some of these teams. But the fact that Coach Nutt was here makes me feel very, very wanted."

Forbes had 136 tackles, 13 sacks and 10 forced fumbles this season while playing for former Arkansas assistant coach George Pugh.

He visited Arkansas officially on Dec. 3-5 and also has visits set for Alabama (Jan. 7-9) and Louisville (Jan. 14-16) but is unsure if he will take the other two.

"Arkansas was the first team to get on me during the summer and they have been my leader all along," Forbes said. "They remain my leader."

Go Hawiian
Another such guy is Hawaiian-born Soli Lefiti (6-5, 255, 4.8), who just finished a season in which he recorded 11 sacks for Palomar Junior College in Vista, Calif., and someone who is one of 25 or so recruits expected in Jan. 21-23.

The Razorbacks have been recruiting him for about a month with assistant coach Roy Wittke leading the way.

"That's when they first got in touch with me and they've let me know they are looking for someone like me who can get to the quarterback and can come in right away and play," Lefiti said. "My pass rush is my biggest thing."

Lefiti, who was born in Oahu, has already taken a visit to Wyoming and has a scholarship offer from San Diego State.

"The visit to Wyoming was OK, I guess," Lefiti said. "It was just all right. Nothing special. But I suspect I will see more what I am looking for in Arkansas. I don't know a lot about them, but I know enough to know the college is in Fayetteville and they play in the SEC and they play big-time football."

Another Visitor
Mesquite (Texas) Horn's Cordero Moore is another defensive end that is scheduled to visit Arkansas on Jan. 21-23, one of his four visits slated before making a decision.

Moore (6-4, 255, 4.6), who had 16 sacks among his 70 tackles this season, visited Oklahoma last weekend and will also visit Alabama on Jan. 7-9 and Oklahoma State on Jan. 14-16.

"I took a visit to Oklahoma and thought it was great," said Moore, whose defensive line coach is former Razorback Issac Davis. "The facilities were great, the players were cool and it was a nice school. But I am going to take all four of my visits and see what's best for me."

Cajun Country
West Monroe (La.) defensive end Matt Slocum (6-4, 250, 4.6) did not take a scheduled visit to South Carolina this past weekend, but does have visits set to Tulane (Jan. 7-9), Louisiana Tech (Jan. 14-16) and Arkansas (Jan. 21-23).

Despite missing three games due to an injury, Slocum had 5 1/2 sacks and 70 tackles for a team that lost the state title game to Evangel when it failed on a two-point conversion with seconds left.

"The best thing I have is quickness off the ball and I know Arkansas is interested in getting somebody who can get to the quarterback," Slocum said. "I am very interested in Arkansas. It's a nice place and I love their coaches."

DUDLEY E. DAWSON IS A STAFF WRITER FOR HAWGS ILLUSTRATED, A STEPHENS MEDIA GROUP PUBLICATION. HIS COLUMN APPEARS EACH TUESDAY. E-MAIL: DEDSPORTS@AOL.COM

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