Talented Tejeda

Springdale standout Alex Tejeda (5-10, 170) becomes the first kicker Arkansas has offered in several years on Tuesday afternoon, a day he also gets an offer in the mail from Louisiana State University.

A vocal segment of the University of Arkansas fan base got its wish on Tuesday when the Razorback football coaching staff chose to offer Springdale kicker Alex Tejeda a scholarship.

LSU joined the party via the mail on the same day for a junior prospect who has nailed a 60-yard field goal in practice and booted a 55-yarder in his team's regular season finale against Rogers.

"I would say it would be hard to say no to Arkansas when Fayetteville is just 20 minutes away and I have got so many teammates who are going to be up there, but I want to look around and just see what is the best school for me before I do anything," Tejeda said. "It's a wonderful feeling to be wanted. I wasn't sure I would get offers this early if at all, but I am happy to have them."

He got the Arkansas offer at around lunch on Tuesday, one relayed via current Springdale head coach Kevin Johnson, who had just gotten off the phone with former Springdale head coach and new UA offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. "I got a call from Coach Johnson and he said I should call Coach Malzahn ASAP because he had some good news for me," Tejeda said. "I did and he said would I be interested in getting an offer. I was speechless at first, but then I said 'sure, I would love one.'" Soon after that, Tejeda got his mail and found a letter from LSU among others. In opening the LSU one, it had a formal offer.

"It was quite a day," said Tejeda, who hit 75-of-80 PATs this past season and 3-of-4 field goals

. Tejeda, who built up his leg through playing soccer, weightlifting and kicking workouts, is the first kicker that Arkansas has offered in several years, but it certainly was not the first offer to a Springdale prospect recently.

The Razorbacks offered five Springdale prospects in the 2006 class and ended up signing four of them in quarterback Mitch Mustain, wideouts Damian Williams and Andrew Norman and tight end Ben Cleveland.

Arkansas has now offered two Red Bulldogs' 2007 prospects in Tejeda and tight end/wideout Zack Pianalto, who has committed to Texas.

"What's great about it is I know have some offers to go along with my friends who have offers," Tejeda said. "It's a fun time for all of us."

Tejeda, who works out with former Arkansas kicker Jason Campbell, also routinely kicked the ball out of the end zone on kickoffs with a touchback ratio of over 80 percent.

Tejeda and his Springdale teammates are currently going through spring practice, his first activity since a knee injury ended his junior soccer season.

He has plans to attend a kicking camps on the campuses of Penn State and Nebraska ths summer as well as camps at Arkansas and LSU.

"I'm just going to try and get better and take a look at some places and see what is best for me," Tejeda said. "It should be a fun summer."

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