One thing that last week's Seniors Camp on the campus of the University of Arkansas proved is that there is not just one, but two Devil Dogs that the Razorbacks definitely will be keeping an eye on during the 2006 season.
Morrilton defender Freddy Burton (6-2, 185, 4.49) joins teammate and cornerback/wideout Josh Trezvant (5-11, 170, 4.4) as legitimate recruits on the UA radar after a solid effort in the camp last week.
Burton jumped squarely into the Razorbacks' recruiting picture with a 4.49 40-yard dash time on Friday night and then showing solid coverage ability and instincts in from of UA defensive coordinator Reggie Herring while lining up with the linebackers instead of at safety.
"I worked in Coach Herring's group and he told me that he liked what he saw and got with me after camp to tell me how he was going to be looking at me hard," Burton said. "I hope I made a big impression on him. He told me that he hasn't had the chance to evaluate me as a linebacker, but he wants to see me play in a game and on tape so he can do that. Hopefully after then I will get an offer."
Burton, who had 89 tackles and an interception last season while helping the Devil Dogs to the Class AAAA championship game before losing to Greenwood, is an aggressive player with good instincts and speed that reminds some of former Little Rock Central standout and current Razorback linebacker Freddie Fairchild.
"I improved on my 40 time by bringing it down to a 4.49," Burton said. "I think that is the biggest thing that has them looking at me in a much more positive direction."
Fairchild, the state's defensive player of the year back during the 2003 season, played at just under 180 pounds in high school, but now sports 220 pounds on his frame.
"I am hoping I can get up to about 220 also by the time I get to college," Burton said. "I hadn't really thought much at all about linebacker, but listening to Coach Herring talk and what he looks for in a linebacker, he thinks I have the chance to be a very good one on this next level."
Burton does not have any offers yet, but has been to camps at Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech with all of those schools continuing to show interest.
"I like Arkansas," Burton said. "They have real nice facilities and as I go around and look at all of these other schools, Arkansas has the nicest out of all of them. I like the coaches and you put all that together and they are real high on my list."
Morrilton will travel to Fayetteville for a scrimmage on August 18 before opening its season at Russellville on Sept. 1.
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