Glover visits UA

Bixby (Okla.) linebacker/defensive end Jared Glover (6-5, 220) makes a second visit to the University of Arkansas on Monday, comes away very pleased and will now head to Nebraska and Colorado later this week before making a decision among his final three.

Whether it's as a linebacker or a defensive end, Bixby (Okla.) star Jared Glover (6-5, 220, 4.7) looks like the type of defender that could help out a lot of college football teams.

It appears it's going to one of these three: Arkansas, Nebraska or Colorado.

Glover – who had a whopping 21 sacks among his 91 tackles last season in a defense in which he a lot – started a week-long tour of his three finalists on Monday with the short trek to Fayetteville to check out the UA.

"My visit to Arkansas went great," Glover said while on his way back home. "The coaches are stand-up guys and I just really enjoyed being around them today. Arkansas made a major move up in my mind today."

Glover, who will be at Nebraska on Wednesday and Colorado on Friday, had already been to Fayetteville for the Razorbacks' Junior Day back on April 15, but got a much better look at things on Monday.

"I got a much better look at things this time and it really impressed me," Glover said. "Their facilities are just great, especially the stadium and the weight room. I was really very impressed by their strength coach (Don Decker). He is very knowledgeable about what he is doing and the indoor facility is just big-time also. I got a chance to look over their academic center and the place where the freshman live. It was all very nice."

Glover, who has already posted a 29 on his ACT and has a honors 4.6 grade point average, had said last week that he wanted to sit down with UA head coach Houston Nutt and have a chat with him and get to know him on a personal level.

Glover, who also plays tight end for Bixby, did just that on Monday.

"Coach Nutt really impressed me – what a class guy," Glover said. "I think Arkansas is going win big with him and I think he has a great staff and great players to work with. The future of the Arkansas program looks very bright to me and has me very interested."

Glover, an exceptional athlete with a vertical jump of 32 inches, who has bench pressed 310 pounds and squatted 450 and played basketball up until this past season, also got a chance to meet with all the UA assistant coaches.

That included Reggie Herring, the Razorbacks' intense defensive coordinator.

"Coach Herring said he is going to give me a shot at linebacker first, but he also thinks I could be a very good defensive end and I would certainly enjoy that, too," Glover said. "Nebraska is recruiting me as a defensive end and Colorado as a linebacker. I think I would enjoy linebacker because it's where I have played in high school, but I also think that defensive end would be a great place to play in college. I think I would enjoy playing for Coach Herring a lot and he would get a lot out of me."

Glover had also been considering Oklahoma State, but they did not make his final trio of schools, nor did the other schools that had offered in Kansas, Kansas State, Tulsa, Missouri and Texas A&M.

"I'm not really considering Oklahoma State anymore and just looking at Arkansas, Nebraska and Colorado," Glover said. "That's my final three and I am taking these next 7 or 8 days to look them all over again and come to a decision before our season gets underway."

Bixby is coming off a season in which it marched to the state title game before losing to Tulsa East Central 9-7 in a heartbreaking loss.

Glover was part of a huge goal line stand late in that game that looked to have the state championship wrapped up before a second-string tailback fumbled the ball and East Central ended up scoring the game-winner.

"It was such a tough, tough loss," Glover said. "We had them stopped on the 4-yard line and then we fumble it back when our first-string guy was hurt. It was just a nightmare ending to a great season."

Ironically the two teams are slated to scrimmage one another on August 18 at East Central.

Bixby will then open the season on Friday. Sept. 1 by hosting Jenks, which boasts a Razorback commit in linebacker Tim Dial.

Some Oklahoma pundits think this will be Bixby's year to win the 5A state title after five career losses in the championship tilt.

"We lost only three starters on offense and three on defense and just feel like have a great chance to do it this year," Glover said. "That's one reason why I want to get my decision out of the way before we get started and focus completely on the season."

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