It's been a long time coming, but former Crossett standout and University of Arkansas foootball signee Brannon Kidd can finally see the finish line.
Kidd (5-10, 185, 4.3), a 2003 Razorback signee and somebody who expected to be here in time for the 2005 season, has been to three different junior colleges in his quest to get to the Division I level.
It appears that the goal is finally in reach for Kidd, a cornerback with 4.3 speed who should be in Fayetteville and eligible to play for the Razorbacks this upcoming season after finishing up this semester at Butler (Kan.) Community College.
"I give all the glory to God who has kept me going through all this adversity," Kidd said. "Sometimes we don't understand why things happen like they do, but God always has a plan and I think through all this I have become more mature and will be a better football player for it."
It's expected that will be as a walk on at Arkansas, although Tennessee has contacted him and asked him to take a visit there in April before making a final decision.
"I want to be at Arkansas and I am virtually certain that is where I will be," Kidd said. "I have always wanted to be a Razorback. I may take that visit to Tennessee, but I don't know. It's not really a matter of either one having a scholarship for me. I just want to play and I can take care of my ownself."
Kidd's uncle is Keith Kidd, the former UA gridiron standout.
He could join an outstanding non-scholarship 2006 class that also includes Shreveport Evangel safety Dan Kreamer (6-2, 195, 4.5), Blytheville lineman Kit Coleman (6-2, 285) and Yukon (Okla.) Southwest Covenant kicker Dan Bailey (6-0, 212).
"I think things are finally working out for Brannon," said Keith Kidd, who still lives in Fayetteville. "He has great speed and they are really excited about getting him here finally. He's also going to run track."
Kidd, who ran a 4.3 at Houston Nutt's football camp back in the summer of 2002, spent his freshman season redshirting at Butler before making the decision to transfer to Iowa Central Community College.
"My position coach and several of the other coaches left and I just decided that it would be a better situation for me to make a move as well and I ended up at Iowa Central on the recommendation of one of my coaches," Kidd said. "It turned out to be a great move for me as far as football is concern."
Indeed Kidd had 58 tackles, 11 pass breakups, 4 interceptions, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery during the 2004 season.
"He had a really, really good season for us," Iowa Central assistant coach Danny Clark said earlier this week. "He came to us without a spring practice, but really just took over one of our cornerback spots. He certainly has that SEC speed you are looking for and was a great cover guy that had four or five picks for us."
Not realizing that the SEC has a rule that says you have to be at one junior college for three semesters and get a degree, he made what turned out to be a unfortunate decision to transfer to Northwest Arkansas Community College in Rogers.
He was at NWACC the 2005 spring and fall semesters before the NCAA gave him a decision on what he needed to do to be eligible.
"The NCAA said what I needed to do to be eligible next season was to go back to Bulter, get my third semester in there and I would be good to go," Kidd said. "I am looking forward to finally getting to play major college football."
The NCAA has told Kidd that he will be considered a redshirt junior with two years of eligibility left initially, but has told him once he gets to his next destination that he should appeal and there is a good chance he will be granted three years to play.
"The key thing seems to be that I have only played one year of football in this past three years," Kidd said. "So they are telling me I should be able to get three at Arkansas once I get there."
Kidd, who had seven interceptions his senior year in high school, will attempt to shake off the rust by working with Crossett coach Bobby Richardson during the month of June with plans to arrive in Fayetteville in July.
"I just want to go there, workout and get in condition to do the best I can once I finally get to Arkansas," Kidd said. "It will have been a long time coming, but well worth it."
Kidd believes the junior college tour has made him ready for anything.
"I have learned how to take care of things for myself and not to think anybody is going to take care of them for you," Kidd said. "I have matured, grown up a lot and become a man who is ready to take care of his business."
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