While University of Arkansas fans went home unhappy two weeks ago against South Carolina, there were neverthless still some very impressed recruits with the whole picture.
That included the Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College quartet of safety/linebacker Chris Pollard (6-2, 205), wideout Cedric Houston (6-1, 180), defensive end Robert Jackson (6-3, 265) and freshman defensive end James Pollard (6-3, 225).
"This is just a tremendous atmosphere and the facilities are better than just about anybody else's," Chris Pollard said. "I don't see how anybody couldn't be interested in hooking up with Arkansas. The Razorbacks are at the top of my list right now and it's where I think I want to be at right now although Iowa State and South Florida are pushing after me hard to and my coach said there is a lot of new schools calling since our season ended."
Chris Pollard may play either outside linebacker or safety in college, but just wants to be somewhere to pass out some hits as he did in what turned into a winless season for Fort Scott, whose struggles are about their in-state recruiting.
Only 10 out-of-staters - of which all four of this guys are - are allowed on the roster of the Greyhounds.
"I'll probably play on the hash in college which is great with me because I love to come down and hit folks," Pollard said. "It was a tough year for us at Fort Scott, but we really played hard as a defense and made them earned everything."
The younger Pollard was quite bright-eyed as well.
"This is something," James Pollard said. "This is definitely going to be one of the schools I take a look at hard especially if he ends up over here. This is what big-time football is all about."
Houston, who caught 37 passes for over 600 yards and 5 touchdowns this season, has been a target of Arkansas' for awhile now and recently got offers from Ole Miss and TCU.
"Arkansas is still at the top of my list," Houston said. "In fact, after watching this today I am ready to get on the field now and start making some plays. This stadium is great."
Houston finished up his junior college campaign by catching 6 passes for over 100 yards against then No. 1-ranked Butler in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference playoffs.
"I just went out there each week no matter what the score or what the situation and just tried to do my best on each play," Houston said. "That's what I'll do if I end up here."
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