Passing Panfil

With Mitch Mustain's situation in limbo, Arkansas is exploring its options for a signal caller and one of them is Texas prep quarterback Jeff Panfil (6-6, 185, 4.6), the grandson of former Tulsa head coach F.A. Dry.

When Springdale quarterback and University of Arkansas commit Mitch Mustain announced he was re-opening his recruitiment to explore his options, the Razorbacks thus had to do the same themselves.

One of those options is clearly Texas prep signal caller Jeff Panfil (6-6, 185, 4.6) of Fort Worth North Crowley, a player who is one of the hottest uncommitted quarterbacks on the market right now.

Panfi, the grandson of former Tulsa head coach F.A. Dry, passed for 2,072 yards and 17 touchdowns with just three picks this season and also ran for 427 yards and 12 more touchdowns this season.

"Recruiting has kind of blown up with me here in the past couple of weeks with a lot of teams putting scholarships on the table," Panfil said. "It's been kind of wild and exciting at the same time."

Indeed Kansas State, Purdue, Vanderbilt and New Mexico State have all offered in the past two weeks and Arkansas - although they have not extended an offer yet - and Nebraska have jumped into the mix now.

"Arkansas has let me know they are very interested in Jeff," North Crowley head coach Mike Papas said. "There have been so many schools coming at him since the season ended, in fact all these offers have come in the last two weeks. There are so many great quarterbacks in Texas this season that I think Jeff kind of got overshadowed for a little bit, but now everybody sees just how great he is."

Arkansas has just gotten tape on Panfil, who led his team to a 9-2 mark this season and who has family in Fort Smith.

"I am certainly interested in them," Panfil said. "They haven't talked to me yet, but have talked to my coach and my parents and are going to be talking to me after this dead period (Decc. 19-Jan.1) is over with. I have always had some interest in them. I really liked (former Arkansas quarterback) Matt   Jones when he was there and how they used him."

Panfil, who threw for just under 400 yards and five touchdowns in one game this season, has already visited Kansas State officially and is set to go to Purdue on an unofficial visit with his family the first weekend of January.

"I went to Kansas State and it was nice, but I just don't think it is the right situation for me," said Panfil, who is aware that QB prospect Josh Freeman just switched his commitment from Nebraska to Kansas State. "I enjoyed the visit, but I am going to look elsewhere."

He also has a visit set up right now to New Mexico State on Jan. 13 with Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Nebraska other options."

Papas says that Panfil is more than just a drop back passer.

"Certainly he can pass the ball great because he has a very strong arm and no hitches in his delivery, but he does the little things," Papas said. "A lot of these quarterbacks take pride in just how far they can throw the ball, but can they deliver the ball in just the right place on a 15 or 18-yard out route. Jeff can.

"He is also a better runner than you would think somebody 6-6 would be," Papas added. "He can run very well. In fact, he was a regional qualifier in the 110 and 300-meter. He also does it with his head and not just his arm."

Panfil, whose brother Matt is redshirt freshman linebacker at TCU and whose dad Doug was a third-team All-American offensive guard for Tulsa back in 1978, agrees with that assessment.

"I've been able to make plays with my feet as well as my arm," Panfil said. "I think I make good decisions on when to throw it and to what place on the field, but also know when to make something out a play that might be breaking down."

Panfil said he is anxious to talk to Arkansas coaches.

"I know they have a good program and play in a great conference in the SEC," Panfil said. "I'm certainly going to consider that situation."

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