Although he is a standout football player, Pulaski Robinson junior linebacker Chris Fleming probably had a passing interest in the University of Arkansas' basketball game with visiting LSU on Wednesday night.
That's because Fleming (6-2, 263), the self-proclaimed "Biggest Linebacker in the State of Arkansas" has those two schools as his top two choices among a handful of teams already showing interest in the 2007 product.
"I'm getting interest already from Arkansas, LSU, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and a little bit of Notre Dame," Fleming said. "Arkansas is recruiting me a lot. My feelings toward Arkansas is that I have a lot of love for them because that is my home state, but I would say right now I would be leaning toward LSU with Arkansas my second choice and Oklahoma State, but that could always change."
Fleming, one of the standouts on hand in San Antonio for last weekend's U.S. Army All-American National Junior Combine. He impressed observers not only with his physicality, but his coverage ability in drills as well.
"I play both outside and middle linebacker," Fleming said. "I have a lot of confidence in my ability to make plays both in the run game and the pass game. A lot of people are surprised when they see how well I move for a big guy. I've been calling myself the biggest linebacker in Arkansas. I don't know of anyone my size who plays linebacker."
Fleming had over 80 tackles this season for Robinson and was named to the Class AAAA All-State after a season where the Saints finished 8-3, tied for the AAAA-Southwest conference title and lost to Morrilton 24-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
"We had a really good year, but just didn't play well in that playoff game," Fleming said. "I think I had a pretty good year, but I think I can get better at a lot of things."
That's one of the reasons he was happy to be invited to the Junior Combine.
"I was glad to come down here and see where I match up with some of the best players in the country," Fleming said. "I feel real good about how I did and how I matched up with everyone here."
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