Arkansas offers Byrne

Rogers tight end Jake Byrne (6-5, 240, 4.6) not only takes in Spiderman 3 on Saturday night, but the Razorbacks give him his first scholarship offer.

Rogers junior tight end Jake Byrne (6-5, 240, 4.6) didn't need any Spidey Sense to know something good was probably going to happen once he got out of the movie on Saturday night.

After all, University of Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee had called while he was taking in Spiderman 3.

"He called and said that he had been watching my film and just really liked what he saw," Byrne said. "When he found out I was in the movie, he said to call him back when I was done.

"So that's what I did and he said they wanted to offer me," Bryne added. "I am just really appreciative and excited and it is a great opportunity for me."

Byrne, who becomes the 10th in-state prospect of the 2008 class to receive an offer from the Razorbacks, is also getting attention from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Auburn, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Tulsa and Ohio State.

Byrne, who caught 30 passes for around 300 yards last season, has taken official visits to Arkansas, Tulsa and Wisconsin already.

"I came up to Arkansas' Red-White game and (second) Junior Day and got a chance to meet the coaches,' Byrne said. "I had actually met them before, but this gave and get to know them more. I also got a chance to really see all the school has to offer and I was just very impressed."

The Razorbacks are the first school to put down an offer, but Byrne is going to end his recruitment process there.

"This is my first offer and Arkansas is close to home and definitely they are at the top of my list of all these schools recruiting me," Byrne said. "But I am not going to make a decision right away and just let the summer play itself out. After the summer, then I'll be ready to start thinking about my plans."

Byrne was part of a Rogers program that had a resurgence last season while winning the 7A-West conference title and making it to the state championship before falling to Fort Smith Southside.

"Last season was a great one for us and ine of the biggest parts of our success was how we really bonded as a team," Byrne said. "We all worked hard, worked and played for each other and played for the coaches. That was the difference right there."

Byrne is a tight end that prides himself on being an all-around one.

"I think my strengths are that that I am an aggressive blocker and have good size, height and weight," Byrne said. "But I also think that I am a very good possession receiver and do a really good job of catching the ball and getting into the defender."

Byrne and Rogers will get into their 7-on-7 tournament action this summer with the Sonic Air Raid event June 1-2 at Harding Academy in Searcy.

"We had some great senior leaders last year in Chad Peachey, Taylor Cleghorn, Lee Ziemba and Cody Kirby, but we feel like we also have a lot of great players coming back," Byrne said. "We don't see why we can't compete for the state title again next year."

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