Youngblood to double up at Arkansas

Fresh off a great Junior Day visit to the University of Arkansas, Camden Fairview quarterback and star pitcher Jim Youngblood (6-3, 212) commits Tuesday to play his college football and baseball for the Razorbacks.

Never let it be said that Junior Day doesn't have an impact.

Camden Fariview two-sport star Jim Youngblood (6-3, 212, 4.69), a standout quarterback and pitcher and one of three D-1 prospects at the school, attended the University of Arkansas' first of two junior days last Saturday and left very impressed.

In fact, Youngblood was so impressed that he decided to forgo his stated intention of taking five official visits and just go ahead and commit to the University of Arkansas football and baseball programs as he did on Tuesday.

"Once I got up there Saturday and got to see everything and talk to the coaches, I just fell in love right away with the place," Youngblood said. "I knew right then that was where I wanted to be and just don't see any reason to wait anymore. It feels like home."

Youngblood, who threw for 2,022 yards and 18 touchdowns last season and rushed for 820 yards and 11 more scores, chose Arkansas over Auburn and Texas A&M, schools which were in the process of offering.

He already had offers from Arkansas, Tulsa, Arkansas State and UCA already.

He got the offer from Arkansas last Thursday and then had the chance to sit down with Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt and new offensive coordinator David Lee on Saturday.

"It was a big deal to get to sit down and talk with Coach Nutt and Coach Lee and they got me very excited about the future and the role I could have with this football team," Youngblood said. "I am very excited about the way Coach Lee is going to take the offense."

Youngblood is also a standout pitcher – one that has a 95 miles per hour fast ball and one that will in all likelihood be taken in June's Major League Baseball Draft.

He hurled five innings of shutout baseball against Watson Chapel on Monday night with 10 strikeouts in what turned into a 2-1 loss in 10 innings.

Youngblood said Lee broached the subject of professional baseball with him.

"He said he had recruited four quarterbacks who were all in the same situation as me and he had gone 0-for-4 with those guys – all who had gotten a half million dollars or so to sign - and didn't want to go 0 for 5. I told him that a half million wasn't going to do it with me. It would take way over a million dollars to keep me from coming to Arkansas and playing quarterback."

Youngblood also went to talk with the UA baseball coaches last Saturday and admits he feels like he is living out a dream right now.

"I have always wanted to play baseball for Arkansas and now football has come around for me as well," Youngblood said. "I've grown up a Razorback fan and just feel like I am living out a dream come true now."

Youngblood joins running back De'Anthony Curtis (5-11, 211, 4.41) and defensive end Lavunce Askew (6-3, 255, 4.8) as Camden Fairview standouts with UA football scholarship offers already.

"They told me I am the head recruiter now," Youngblood said. "I am going to go to work now and make sure we get those guys and a lot more to have a great class."


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