He's Dusty Rust

Shreveport (La.) Captain Shreve linebacker/strong safety Dusty Rust (6-3, 205) is one of over 200 prospects that will be angling for scholarship offers at this weekend's UA Seniors Camp that begins Friday night and wraps up late Saturday morning.

He's got a great football name - especially for a big-hitting linebacker - and this weekend Dusty Rust hopes to show the University of Arkansas coaches that he also has the game.

Rust, a 6-3, 205-pound linebacker/strong safety from Shreveport (La.) Captain Shreve, is one of over 200 prospects expected to be on hand for the Razorbacks' Seniors Camp, which begins tonight and last through late Saturday morning.

"I really like Arkansas a lot," Rust said. "I am going to come up there and do my absolute best to make the best impression on the coaches. I would love to leave there with a scholarship offer."

Rust, who will be joined by a pair of other Cap Shreve standouts in wideout Austin Tolliver (5-11, 160) and linebacker Chase Burns (6-1, 205), made it to Arkansas for its second Junior Day on April 15 and has followed the Razorbacks while growing up.

"Arkansas and LSU are really the two teams that I have followed growing up and would always be my two favorites to end up playing for in college," Rust said. "This weekend is just another step in hoping to make that possible."

His stepmom has family in Rogers.

"When I came to Arkansas for Junior Day," I just loved everything about it," Rust said. 'They have great facilities, great coaches and it is just a real nice city."

Rust had 123 tackles, five sacks last season, two interceptions and six pass breaks up during his junior season for the Gators (9-3).

That's certainly a high level of productivity on the field, but he says he knows its his speed that has been a question for college coaches.

Rust's best recorded 40 time has been a 4.7 and he has been unable to lower that this summer while on a camping tour that has includes LSU, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma State, and Louisiana-Monroe.

He ran a 4.87 at the Scout.com combine in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

"I've really had a lot of trouble running the 40-yard dash and getting it under 4.7," Rust said. "I've ran some 4.8s and 4.9s even. this summer I just don't know what it is about me and the 40. I know that when I am on the field in pads I move fast and make plays, but I just can't get it done without the pads and on the track. I know if I can get it under 4.7 that the offers would come quickly."

Tolliver - the son of former Texas Tech and NFL and quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver - has offers from Hawaii and New Mexico State so far after a junior season in which he had 64 catches for over 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"Austin is really a very vocal person, really loud and gets on people when they need to be challenged," Rust said. "I feel like I lead more by example, but I feel like we both do a good job being leaders."

Rust is expecting the Cap Shreve to have a very good 2006 campaign.

"We should have a really good year," Rust said. "We are going to have a great defense and a pretty good offense. If we can just have a quarterback step up, we have a chance to be something special."

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