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North Little Rock linebacker Van Stumon will get a lot of the state's football recruiting attention until he announces his decision at the end of his senior season.

Now that Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain has given the University of Arkansas commitments, it's time for Van Stumon to grab the state's football recruiting spotlight.

Stumon,(6-2, 230, 4.6), a linebacker prospect from North Little Rock, now has the attention on him as Razorbacks fans wait to see where the next top in-state prospect will land.

"It really doesn't matter if I am ready for all that attention or not," Stumon said, "because there is going to be pressure on me either way because I am being recruited by Arkansas. I'll deal with it, but I'm more about the football side of things and just getting it done on the football field anyway."

Arkansas and Purdue have both offered Stumon, who has also gotten interest lately from UCLA, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio State, Memphis and Louisiana-Monroe.

"As of right now, Arkansas is my leader and at the very top of my list," Stumon said. "Nothing's really changed about that. I do want to go ahead and play my season before I announce my decision. I think that will keep me sharp and we'll just see how it goes."

Stumon watched the hoopla surrounding the decision by Mustain, the nation's top prep quarterback who committed along with teammate and favorite wideout Andrew Norman last Monday on statewide television.

Ironically it was Mustain's Bulldogs who ended North Little Rock's campaign last season in the state playoffs.

"He's a great quarterback and I am real happy for him that he made his decision and feels good about it," Stumon said. "I wouldn't say it's a big factor for me, but I would say that I sure wouldn't mind playing on the same team with him if I end up at Arkansas."

Stumon, who had 106 tackles last season (32 for lost yardage), will line up at defensive end with fellow senior and Division I recruit Jonathon Nixon (6-3, 240, 5.1) lined up on the other side.

"We've got some new starters and young guys in between us and some other places where we have new guys at on defense," Stumon said. "But we feel like we are going to have a really good defense."

Stumon split time at tailback last season with UA signee Jamar Love, but will get almost all the snaps there this season.

"My coaches say that they will find time to get me rest like not playing on the special teams," Stumon said. "It's all good. I'm in great shape and kind handle going full-time both ways."

North Little Rock will scrimmage Stuttgart next week and then open its season against Jacksonville.

"I think we are going to have a pretty good team," Stumon said. "I'll be glad to hit somebody other than my teammates."

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