Solidly Mr. U of A

Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam North offensive lineman and Razorback commit Myron McKinney (6-3, 305) makes it clear that he plans to be at Arkansas both this Saturday and next season.

It's well known that that University of Arkansas offensive line commit Myron McKinney of Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam North grew up an Oklahoma Sooners fan.

Also that he still had not put Oklahoma totally in the rear view mirror as of a month or so ago.

But that was then and this is now according to McKinney (6-3, 305), one of seven prospects who have pledged to sign with the Razorbacks, and someone whose cell phone voice mail greets callers with his self-proclaimed nickname of Mr. U of A.

"Tell the Arkansas fans there is absolutely nothing to worry about," McKinney said. "I am going to be a Razorback and I am not going to change my mind. I kind of sit around and thought about it and came to this conclusion - Fayetteville is a beautiful place, I love the dedication of the fans and the coaches and it is where I want to spend the next four or five years of my life."

That statment will no doubt be music to the ears of Arkansas fans, who know McKinney and Pocahontas offensive lineman and fellow Razorback commit Jim Hart (6-7, 305) could be the bellcows of a future UA line.

"The season is going real well for me individually," McKinney said. "I am working hard every day and getting prepared to be a Razorback."

McKinney plans to be among the numerous recruits on hand for Arkansas' game with Auburn in Fayetteville Saturday night at 6 p.m.

Most of them will be on unofficial visits although the Alexandria (La.) High trio of running back Chris Brown, wideout and track star Will Coppage and cornerback Gary Carmoosh will be on officials.

"Yes sir, I am going to be there," McKinney said. "You can bet your butt on that. I'm going to be talking to some of the other guys who are there and letting them know we want them to be Razorbacks as well."

Arkansas (2-3) is in a rebuilding mode, but McKinney sees a program led by UA head coach Houston Nutt that is on the verge of coming back to greatness.

"Arkansas struggled out of the gate, but I truly see the corner about to be turned with all the great young players they have and the ones we are bringing in like (Springdale quarterback) Mitch Mustain and others," McKinney said. "That's another reason to stick with Arkansas.

"I did go to a OU-Kansas State game with a friend, but just sit in the stands not as a recruit," McKinney said. "Oklahoma is 2-3 and rebuilding, too, but (Sooners head ) Coach Bob Stoops is just too stubborn to admit that and call it what it is."

Putnam North (3-3) opened the season with a pair of wins, but then went on a three-game losing streak that was broken last Friday with a 25-20 win over Midwest City.

"We bombed the Bombers of Midwest City," McKinney said. "It was good to get that taste of winning again. We had our star linebacker get hurt and some guys waiting around waiting for others to make plays in our losing streak. But we put it together again last week against one of the best teams in the state.

"As it stands now, we have to win out to make the playoffs and and I wouldn't have it any other way," McKinney said. "I like having my back up against the wall and being forced to produce on every play. We just have to make sure all 11 of us are doing that on each snap."

Putnam North will travel to Lawton this Friday night.

"That is a place we have had a lot of trouble at," McKinney said. "But I am pretty excited about it because I think our coaches have come up with a great gameplan and we are going to go out and try and execute that to perfection. And then I am going to come over and watch my new team win."

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