Forrest City combo guard Marcus Britt may end up getting his chance to play at the University of Arkansas after all.
Britt (6-3, 180) originally signed with Louisiana Tech when he was not offered by the previous Razorback staff, but has since asked for a release.
That release, asked for since L-Tech head coach Keith Richard was fired, should be in hand any day per Forrest City head coach Dwight Lofton.
"We have taken care of all the paper work and we're basically just waiting for it to come back to him and it should be here soon," Lofton said. "There should be no problems with it."
When that arrives, the University of Arkansas and South Florida – where former UA head coach Stan Heath is now coaching – have made it clear to Lofton that they are interested in talking to Britt.
Britt is coming off a senior season in which he averaged 18 points a game for a 26-4 team, was named to one publication's All-Arkansas team and was named to the Arkansas High School All_Star game that will be played in Fayetteville on June 21.
"Both schools have scholarships waiting for Marcus," Lofton said. "After Britt's extremely successful senior season, there are other schools who have jumped on his bandwagon now."
One of those is Colorado since Arkansas native and former Louisiana Tech assistant Charles Baker is now coaching and interested in landing Britt, an excellent outside shooter.
"Since Baker is now at Colorado, that is of some interest and there is a lot of smaller schools after him as well," Lofton said. "But deep down I think he wants to be a Razorback and play in the SEC."
The switch from former UA head coach Stan Heath to John Pelphrey may work out for Britt.
"When Coach Heath was there, he wasn't that hot on them because they decided to go in another direction early on with the scholarship and he really got mad," Lofton said. "But now that things are different up there, he's very interested in them again."
The fact that two guards are transferring out of the UA program doesn't hurt.
"Heath is gone and John Pelphrey is in and they lost Sean McCurdy and Preston Cranford,' Lofton said. "That opened up the scholarship situation for Britt.
"Pelphrey has done his homework and he knows what Marcus can do and what the people think about this young man," Lofton added.
The young man recently upped his ACT score to a point where he would be eligible as long as his grade point average stays the same.
He would have two more chances to take the test if needed.
‘We don't think that is going to be a problem now," Lofton said. "He's going to be good to go in that department."
Britt is one of three Forrest City seniors who signed Division I scholarships with Kelson Stewart inking with UALR and Stefon Weaver with ASU – although he is now headed to junior college.
Britt capped off his senior season with 25 points in a state tournament semifinal win over Little Rock Parkview and then another 25 (with 6 3-pointers) in a championship game loss to Jonesboro.
Forrest City had won the 6A-East conference title and swept Jonesboro in a pair of game before falling 83-72 in the championship game.
"Marcus and the other seniors did a great job with our program," Lofton said. "I think he is going to have a great college career."
(Fred Conley of the Times Herald also contributed to this story).
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