Bequette Family Tradition

Little Rock Catholic tight end-defensive end Jake Bequette (6-5, 245), who committed to Arkansas on Sunday, will continue in the foosteps of his dad Jay, uncle Chris and grandpa George in playing football for the Razorbacks.

It would be apropos if Hank Williams Jr.'s song "Family Tradition" had been playing at the Bequette family home on Sunday.

That's because Little Rock Catholic tight end-defensive end Jake Bequette decided to follow the same path as his dad Jay, his uncle Chris and his grandpa George took in deciding to play football for the University of Arkansas.

Bequette (6-5, 245) got an offer from the UA coaching staff on Saturday while attending his second Razorback Junior Day of the spring and didn't wait long to give the staff his answer on Sunday.

"I have always been around the Razorbacks and always wanted to be a Razorback so there really wasn't much of a decision to be made there," Bequette said. "I got the offer Saturday and we came home and talked it over Sunday as a family and prayed about it and then just went ahead and let the coaches at Arkansas know."

Bequette, who had 8 1/2 sacks last season and 25 pressures as a defensive end, had already received scholarship offers from Kansas State and Mississippi State prior to Saturday.

He becomes the fourth 2007 UA commit and was also drawing interest from Kansas, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Ole Miss - the latter two of which he had also been to their campuses this spring for Junior Days.

"They were all great programs, but I just had to play it close to the vest," Bequette said. "When you are born a Razorback and get the opportunity to be one, it's really not much of a decision. It's nothing bad about the other schools, I just want to be a Razorback and that's what I am going to be."

Bequette will also be the starting tight end for Catholic this season and said he might end up at that spot in college.

"I can play either one, but I think tight end might end up being my college position," Bequette said. "I'm big, pretty fast and can catch the ball really well. Arkansas wants to look at me there. I always really done well there in our 7-on-7 games in the summer."

Jay Bequette obviously loves the fact that his son is going to be a Razorback, but didn't try to force Jake into a direction.

"He's happy about it, but he wasn't being forceful about telling me where to go," Bequette said. "He just said go somewhere that wants you and you want to be. Luckily for us all that's Arkansas."

Catholic (11-2) lost its opener at Fayetteville and a state playoff game to powerful Springdale, but won 11 games in between those two losses.

"We really came together as a team and I thought had a great season," Bequette said. "The loss at Fayetteville was tough to start off with, but we got it together and won the next 11. Then we just ran into a buzzsaw in Springdale, but I thought we played them very respectable."

Although Catholic lost some 30 seniors, Bequette says several key performers will return for the 2006 season.

"We have another large senior class and a bunch of talented guys coming back," Bequette said. "I think we have a chance to win it all this year. I think we really do. Then I can come on up and be a Razorback and I think we're great to have a great future there, too."


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