Landers Eyes Summer

El Dorado wideout Willie Landers (6-3, 175, 4.6) is a star both on the field and the court, but is giving up AAU basketball this summer to pour all his time and energy into football

El Dorado's Willie Landers is a very good basketball player as evidenced by his selection to the AAO Top 25 camp a few weeks ago.

But he knows his brightest college future lies in football, which is why he will be giving up AAU basketball this summer to concentrate on improving on the gridiron.

"That's where I think my focus needs to be this summer," Landers said. "I want to make it to several camps to be seen and also want to concentrate on my strength and speed by putting in the time in the weight room and working out."

Landers (6-3, 175, 4.6), who played quarterback through junior high and his sophomore year, changed positions last season and is now regarded as one of the state's best senior-to-be wideouts after hauling in 25 passes for over 405 yards and 2 touchdowns last season.

He did so while splitting up the receptions with recent UCA signee Brandon Payne, the half-brother of current University of Arkansas basketball player Jonathon  Modica.

"Last season we made a very good pair in that you couldn't really load up on either one of us or the other would burn you," Landers said. "I am going to be taking on more of the go-to guy with him gone to UCA and expect to see a bunch of passes coming my way next year. I want to make sure I work hard this summer to be in the best shape mentally and physically to have a great senior year."

Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Missouri and Tulsa are among the main schools interested in Landers and vice-versa.

"It's a honor to have these schools interested in me and sending me mail," Landers said. "I get something about every day in the mail with some new teams interested in me and I think I might get even more after I get my highlight tape out."

He has already been to Junior Days at Arkansas and Oklahoma State and is planning on visiting Mississippi State this weekend.

"I like Arkansas a lot," Landers said. "They are my number one team. They have great facilities, I really like the coaching staff and that is certainly a place I could see myself playing. I really enjoyed being in Fayetteville, seeing the weight room and just everything they have to offer."

Landers, who averaged 13 points this season for the basketball Wildcats, is planning on being back in Fayetteville for Houston Nutt's Football Camp on June 5-8 and playing 7-on-7 during the summer.

"I'm going to come up to the first one they have having," Landers said. "I'm probably going to go to camps at LSU and Tulsa as well. Like I said. I am willing to put in the hard work and that's what I am planning on doing this summer."

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