Sometime between now and February, two of the state of Arkansas' most highly regarded 2007 prep football prospects will make separate decisions that could very well have an impact on the future balance of power in the SEC's Western Division.
But will be be the UA or AU?
Rogers offensive lineman Lee Ziemba (6-7, 295, 5.1) - a five-star prospect - and Fort Smith Northside quarterback and four-start prospect Kodi Burns (6-2, 190, 4.57) have both said recently they they are down to a final two of the University of Arkansas and Auburn University.
Ziemba, a preseason All-American and the one of the top five linemen in the country according to Scout.com, made that known to Hawgs Illustrated earlier this week.
"I haven't come out and publicly said which two schools I am down to before, but I think everybody knows it Arkansas and Auburn," said Ziemba, who has over 15 offers. "It's Arkansas one day, Auburn the next. I just have to make sure."
Ziemba and his family took in an Arkansas practice on Saturday along with his grandma, who has just moved to Northwest Arkansas from Alabama.
"I really like going to watch Arkansas practice," Ziemba said. "I get along with the coaches great and know a lot of the players and like hanging around them."
While he had hoped to make the decision known before the start of his senior season, Ziemba now says he is not sure about that and ideally he would take official visits to the two places once again.
"Ideally I would like to take visits to both places one more time," Ziemba said. I'm going to go to the Arkansas-USC game, but I don't think I can make one to Auburn because we don't have an off week during our season."
That means that he doesn't really have a timetable to make a decision at this point.
"I'm just not sure of a timetable," Ziemba said. "It will be just when I am ready and absolutely certain that is where I want to go."
Rogers opens its season on Sept. 1 when it travels to Miami, Okla.
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Burns had also thought about making a decision before the season starts, is also in a holding pattern right now regarding his decision.
He has plans to visit Arkansas as well on the weekend of the USC game and had planned to go to the LSU-Auburn game on Sept. 16.
"But that was before I knew that Sept. 16 would be ACT testing date," Burns said. "So I won't be going there that weekend. I just don't know when I will have to go another week during the season."
Northside and Burns, regarded by Scout.com as one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the country, will be in Conway on Aug. 22 for a scrimmage before opening their season by hosting Pine Bluff on Sept. 1.
Oklahoma has shown some more interest lately in Burns since the loss of starting quarterback Rhett Bomar, but Burns said right now he is just locked in on Arkansas and Auburn.
"They are both great schools and both have great coaching staffs that I get along with very well," Burns said. "It's a tough choice. There are just a lot of pluses about both schools."
UA or AU?
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