Pick Eyes Arkansas

Dodge City (Kan.) High quarterback Kale Pick (6-2, 195, 4.55) had gotten Arkansas' recruiting attention and will be in Fayetteville for an unofficial visit on Thursday afternoon.

Kale Pick is going to get the heck of Dodge City Thursday and take a little day trip to the University of Arkansas.

Pick (6-2, 195, 4.55), a dual-threat quarterback from Dodge City (Kan.) High, will arrive in Fayetteville around noon and spend the afternoon looking over the facilities and talking with the coaches on an unofficial visit.

"Arkansas has told me that they want me in a Razorback uniform," Pick said. "They told me to give them a chance and come down and look at things and I am certainly interested in the Razorbacks."

Pick is coming off a junior season in which he completed 105 of 190 passes for 1,779 yards and 19 touchdowns with just five interceptions while leading his team to its first winning season in 12 years.

UA assistant James Shibest dropped by his school and picked up a highlight tape, which he showed to Razorback head coach Houston Nutt and offensive coordinator David Lee.

"A day after they watched the highlight tape Coach Nutt and Coach Lee called and said they wanted to come up to see me lift weights and throw," Pick said. "They spent a half-day here, said they really liked what they saw and wanted me to come down to Arkansas and check things out."

Arkansas joins Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Nebraska, Purdue, Missouri as major schools currently evaluating Pick and deciding on an offer.

He already has offers from Wyoming, Iowa State, Kansas, Colorado State and Rice.

Pick, who has a 33-inch vertical jump, is on pace to graduate at mid-term in 2008 and thus would be able to go through spring practice.

"I think I would fare best in a mixed offense where there is a balance of running and passing," Pick said. "Taking some snaps out of the shotgun and some under center while taking advantage of my athleticism and what I can do on sprint outs and bootlegs.

"I feel like I am a very good athlete that can make plays on the run and in the pocket," Pick said. "I think I do a good job of creating when the play breaks down, but obviously look to make it happen with what was called in the first place."

Pick has already taken official visits to Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State.

He is considering going through a gauntlet of camps or one-day stops at Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa State , Purdue, Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Colorado State and SMU this summer.

"I would really like to try and get my decision made before my senior season," Pick said. "I hope that works out."


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