Ryan Mallett looked very comfortable calling the Hogs on Wednesday morning while wearing a Razorback jersey at the close of the Houston Nutt Football Camp in Fayetteville.
But although the Arkansas native has never tried to hide his love for the Razorbacks, the Texas High junior-to-be quarterback is not a given to end up donning the same type of jersey in college.
"Everybody knows I like Arkansas, but when it comes time to make a decision I'm just going to have to take everything into it," Mallett said. "I'll have to look at the depth chart and who's already there, what type of offense they are going to run and if I fit in with the coach's philosophy."
Mallett (6-5, 250. 5.1) is considered not only one of the best junior-to-be signal callers in Texas, but one of the top in the nation as well after a sophomore season where he passed for passed for 2,307 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Further validation of that is the fact that Mallett has been invited to be a ballboy at this summer's EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp.
It's an event showcasing the nation's top seniors on July 25-28 in Southern California and one that will include Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain.
"The pick three junior quarterbacks as ballboys to help out with the camp and get used to it," Mallett said. "(Texas prep quarterback and Georgia commit Matthew) Stafford. I ‘m looking forward to it and getting to workout with some folks out there a couple of days."
After leaving Arkansas' campus on Wednesday, Mallett had plans to attend a camp at the University of Texas on Sunday and then head to the University of Michigan for another on the following Sunday.
"I had a great time here and I am looking forward to going to the other places as well," Mallett said. "I am just trying to do everything I can to get better. You can always get better at something."
Mallett burst on the scene as a ninth grader, winning the team's first two regular season games while subbing for an ill starter and then starting his team's season finale at Dallas' Texas Stadium when the older starter was suspended.
Although Texas High fell to North Crowley 17-13, Mallett completed 13-of-26 passing for 210 yards and a touchdown on the big stage.
"I was going to start anyway, but it was a great opportunity for me to play on a big stage and I think that type of atmosphere and the type of competition I face in Texas is helping me develop," Mallett said. "It's big down there."
Mallett admits to taking a peek at the message boards of various schools and recently got a chuckle when one board said he would end up going to Arkansas where his parents graduated.
But since dad graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and his mom from Arkansas State, odds are he won't be landing at those two places.
"We saw that and just started laughing," Mallett said. "Sometimes I get bored and look at that stuff just to get a good laugh. If I wanted to go where my parents did I would go to UCA or Arkansas State and that's not going to happen. Not that those are bad schools, but I just want to go to the next level after college and I need to go to a top-flight program."
Mallett had some fun playing wideout at camp this week, he's not likely to make that same switch.
"It was kind of fun doing something different and I had fun with it," Mallett said, "but I believe I'll be playing quarterback in college. It's what I enjoy doing and I am going to just keep working hard to be the best I can be."
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