Double Trouble

After successful high school football and baseball seasons, a healing Daniel Stegall readies to compete for Fort Smith Kerwins' American Legion team as well as get in some football action this summer.

Perhaps the University of Arkansas football recruit with the most interest in what happens in this weekend's NCAA Baseball Regional in Austin, Texas is one from Greenwood.

That's because Bulldogs two-sport star Daniel Stegall is not only getting attention from the Razorback football program, but the Diamond Hogs as well.

"I'm very interested in Arkansas and I'm definitely planning on playing both sports in college," Stegall said earlier this week. "I really like both sports and look forward to continuing my career in both."

Arkansas joins Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, The Naval Academy, Tulsa and Louisiana-Monroe are schools who have shown interest in Stegall, who does not have any offers just yet but certainly had solid years in both of his sports.

Stegall passed for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns with only four interceptions and rushed for over 1,000 and 27 more scores while leading his football team to the Class AAAA championship game.

He then hit .361 and won seven games on the mound during baseball season.

But that momentum was stymied by the fact that he broke his left hand in between his high school season ending and his American Legion stint with Fort Smith Kerwins beginning.

"It's a lot better now and I am about a week away from being able to get out there and play," Stegall said. I've still been able to throw some and run with the guys and I'm looking forward to getting back out there."

Stegall won't be able to compete in Arkansas camp that begins on Sunday, but should have clearance by the time Texas A&M's rolls around on June 12 and also be able to compete in 7-on-7 action this summer.

He'll also try to get to the invitation-only Arkansas' Seniors Camp on July 23-24, but that will depend on Fort Smith Kerwins' schedule in its district tournament going on at the same time.

"Hopefully that can work out," Stegall said. "(UA quarterbacks) Coach (Roy) Wittke said they would love to see me make it up there even just a little and do some throwing."

One other possibility for Stegall - who sports a 4-plus grade point average - is the Major League Baseball draft, but that's not something he is focused on.

"I'm sure I'll go to college and I think that is definitely what is best for me," Stegall said. "But it certainly would be a thrill if that were to happen."

Earlier this week, Stegall - who has been on the campuses of Mississippi State and Notre Dame earlier this year - went to a Chicago White Sox baseball tryout camp on the campus of ORU.

"I wasn't able to do much but throw some pitches, but (scout) Clay Overcash said they see some promise and want me to come back to the next one," Stegall related.

Stegall, who was 7-8 this season for a rebuilding Greenwood baseball team, had 87 strikeouts in 67 innings this past season while also hitting four home runs and setting a school record with five triples.

"My fastball has hit 91 miles per hour and I also throw a curve ball and a change up," Stegall said. "I didn't think I had as good a year this season hitting as I did in the 9th and 10th grade, when I hit .378 both years. I did okay pitching, but we lost a lot of 1-0 and 2-1 games."

That offensive production was certainly not the case in football where the high-powered Bulldogs averaged over 30 points per game with Stegall hooking up a lot with wideout Lucas Miller, who will be walking on at Arkansas next season.

"We had a lot of great leaders who set good examples and gave us a great path to follow," Stegall said. "Lucas was one of those guys and he can really go up and get passes and make things happen."

Stegall assessed his strengths and weaknesses on the gridiron.

"I think I have a strong arm and run the game pretty well in terms of managing it," Stegall said. "But I need to continue to work on my pass progressive and on my pocket presence."


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