As one of nine defensive starters returning for North Little Rock, Zach Stadther is looking for big things in the 2007 season.
Stadther (6-2, 270) would like to have his college destination figured out before beginning to dish out the pain.
He would like for that to be the University of Arkansas.
"If they offer, it would be really hard for me not to commit right on the spot," Stadther said. "The program is top of the line and their coaches are the best part."
Stadther, who had 12 sacks among his 79 tackles last season, will be in Fayetteville on June 10-13 for the Arkansas Senior High Camp being held at that time and back for the July 21 one-day camp.
He will get a chance to work out in camp before defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and defensive coordinator Reggie Herring after previously having UA head coach Houston Nutt and assistant Danny Nutt drop by his school.
"I was hoping they would offer me right then, but I know they like to see the linemen in camp going up against others," Stadther said. "I'm looking forward to getting up there and hopefully earning an offer and showing them I have the talent to compete in the SEC."
Stadther, who is bench pressing 375 pounds and squatting 450, is also getting attention from Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech at the moment.
"I play noseguard, defensive tackle and even defensive end for our high school team," Stadther said. "I think I have the ability to read where the play is going and a good quick first step to get to make the play."
He was dubbed Zach the Maniac by a UA staff member after seeing his all-out play on tape.
"I need to keep working on my speed and get stronger and that's what I intend to do," Stadther said. "I do play with a lot intensity and passion for the game and I think Arkansas likes that."
Stadther and safety DeShaun Thomas (6-1, 180, 4.5) – who is also being recruited by Arkansas and was also at Arkansas' Junior Days – will head up the NLR defense next season.
"DeShaun is a great player and a great person and we are real good friends," Stadther said. "I think he had something like 13 interceptions last season."
The Charging Wildcats lost only Kansas-bound Chea Peterman and fellow linebacker Tyler Lawrence from last year's defense.
"Chea was a great leader and now that's what DeShaun and I are planning on stepping up and doing for this year's team," Stadther said.
North Little Rock is going through spring practice with a new head coach in Brad Bolding, who comes in from Mayflower and takes over for Bryan Hutson.
"I like him a lot," Stadther said of Bolding. "I figured he would come in and change up a lot of things, but he is keeping our same defense because we've been good and he wants that to keep being the same way. I think it is going to be a great year for us."
Zach the Maniac
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