Impressing Glover

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson catches up with Bixby (Okla.) defender Jared Glover (6-5, 220) to get the latest update on his recruiting process.

Bixby (Okla.) linebacker/defensive end Jared Glover thought a three-college whirlwind tour he took in August would help him get his decision made quickly.

But instead it just made the choice between this three finalists – Arkansas, Nebraska and Colorado - even tighter so Glover (6-5, 220, 4.7) is set to do the same thing again in September, this time on official visits beginning with a trek to Arkansas Sept. 1-3 when USC comes to Fayetteville.

He is one of at least seven players who are expected to be on official visits to Arkansas that weekend.

"I came home and still wasn't sure so I sit down with my family, we talked it over and I decided to visit all three once again early this season and official visits and then make a decision," Glover said. "I think that's the best way to go about it."

All three of those teams would love to have a player like Glover, who had 91 tackles last season and a whopping 21 sacks.

"I had a great year and we did really well as a team, but my main focus in my senior season is winning a state title," Glover said. "I think we have a great chance to do that."

Glover, whose Bixby team opens up its regular season by hosting UA commit Tim Dial's Jenks team on Sept. 1, is coming off a scrimmage which had a little more intensity than one might expect for August.

That's because in addition to battling Booker T. Washington and Memorial, Bixby got a crack at East Central, the team that beat them in the state championship game last season.

"It was awesome," Glover said of the preseason meeting with his team's rival. "East Central was the last team we played we played and they were doing a lot of talking before we got started. But about four players in we didn't hear anything else from them. We weren't keeping score, but we know we know who took it to them and they do, too."

Glover, who has already posted a 29 on his ACT and sports a 4.6 honors grade point average, said he thought the scrimmage went well for the most part.

"We had a few guys who missed assignments and we missed a few tackles, but it wasn't anything that we can't get right before the season starts," Glover said. "We expect to have a great year this season on defense. We have a lot of starters back and just a couple of new guys, but they are very talented."

He's looking forward to battling Jenks right off the bat.

"We both are expected to have very good teams once again and it was a very close game last year," Glover said. "It's good to get tested early by going up against a great team. We'll know a lot more about ourselves after that."

He's familiar with Dial, who committed to Arkansas this spring.

"I know him from going over to his school and working out with their track coach," Glover said. "He seems like a pretty good guy."

Arkansas has come from the outside after Glover – who bench presses 310, squats 450 and has a 32-inch vertical leap - had previously been mentioning Oklahoma State, Colorado and Nebraska.

The aforementioned visit to Fayetteville – one that followed up his visit to Arkansas' Junior Day on April 15 - certainly gave the Razorbacks a boost.

"I got a much better look at things this time and it really impressed me," Glover said at the time. "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 had said 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 during his visit and did so.

"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."

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