Iron Mike?

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson writes about Atlanta (Texas) fullback/linebacker Roosevelt Falls (6-2, 205) and how he impressed and earned a nickname at last week's Houston Nutt Football Camp.

Like thousands of other Arkansans, I made the trip over to Memphis this past weekend to take in middleweight champ Jermain Taylor's controversial draw with Winky Wright.

Of course, many of us also got to see Mike Tyson right here in Fayetteville just a few days earlier.

Well, at least a guy that got called Mike Tyson all week.

That would be one Roosevelt Falls (6-3, 205, 4.7), a hard-nosed fullback/linebacker prospect from Atlanta, Texas who picked up the nickname from his fellow participants in the Houston Nutt Football Camp on the campus of the University of Arkansas last week.

It had to do with his similar looks and build to the former champ, who always seem to be in some trouble as well.

"It kind of fits because I used to be a troublemaker like him, but I knew had to shape it up if I really wanted to make anything of my life," Falls said. "I had to get out of all the stuff I was doing and went ahead and put all of that behind me, started making good grades and started growing up like I am supposed to grow up and doing things like I am supposed to do them instead of doing what I was doing."

Falls certainly made an impression on the Arkansas coaches with his instinct and coverage ability and although he doesn't have a scholarship offer yet, they will be keeping an eye on him during the season.

"Arkansas is a great college and one of the colleges that I really want to come to," Falls said. "It's not as big as some colleges and some cities, but I like that about it. I want to just concentrate on football and my classes and worry about my work on the field and my work in the classroom."

Falls, who had 136 yards rushing on 12 carries in the 2005 regular season finale, was seeing University of Arkansas and Fayetteville for the first time and made the trip along with fellow Atlanta prospect Marquise Davis (6-3, 210, 4.8).

Atlanta , which is 10 miles west of the Arkansas-Texas state line, has already sent the Razorbacks former UA defensive end Randy Garner and running back DeCori Birmingham while nearby Queen City produced former Razorback Jason Peters.

"The coaches were great," Falls said. "Especially Coach Nutt, who is a great coach. I know it got my legs a lot stronger walking up those hills to the dorm. It was a great camp, everybody was so nice and it helped me in a lot of ways. They kept us fed and had everything we needed and everything we wanted. They taught us very useful techniques and I know a lot of people from my place have played here."

Atlanta was 3-7 last season, sandwiching four losses to start the season and three to end it around a Rabbits' three-game winning streak in the middle.Atlanta was 3-7 last season, sandwiching four losses to start the season and three to end it around a Rabbits' three-game winning streak in the middle.

"As a team, we always did okay in the first half, but didn't come out in the second half with as much intensity," Falls said. "In the second half we went out and lollygagged and went through the motions. We did what coach said, but not full speed like we should have."

He expects this season to be a banner one.

"This year we are going to be great and I am going to make sure of that because I am going to be a team leader," Falls said. "We will be a team that goes to state this year."

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...Arkansas now has six football commitments in its 2007 recruiting class with Harrison offensive lineman Wade Grayson (6-5, 265) officially committing to the Razorbacks on Friday morning after getting an offer a day before.

...Also known to have gotten offers from the recent Nutt camp were Shiloh Christian wideout Crosby Tuck (6-1, 180, 4.43) and a pair of juniors-to-be in Dardanelle offensive lineman Matt Hall (6-9, 312) and Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist wideout Khiry Cooper (6-3, 180, 4.48).

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