Playing on the field that will serve as his future college home, Morrilton's Freddy Burton made a very good impression Friday night on University of Arkansas fans.
Burton, a 6-3, 200-pound safety/linebacker from Morrilton that signed with the Razorbacks in February, led all players with nine tackles in the AHSCA All-Star game.
Although the East downed his West team 23-13 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Burton left with some good memories.
"I had a lot of fun," Burton said. "I got to meet a lot of new guys, make a lot of new friendships and get out here and mix and mingle a little bit. It was a good week.
"It was a great honor," Burton added. "There are a lot of players out there that would have liked to be named to this game. I was just honored to be able to come out here and play. I am thankful for the opportunity."
Burton will soon head to Fayetteville for good to enroll in the second semester of summer school and begin working out with his new teammates.
"I will be up next week," Burton said. "I have just been trying to stay in shape, gain a little weight, get stronger and all that.
"I am looking forward to getting up here," Burton said. "I know it is going to be a lot of hard work, but I am looking forward to it and hoping I can even work myself into a little playing time this season."
Burton weighed around 185 when he was offered a scholarship soon after attending an Arkansas camp last summer.
"I am up to about 200 right now," Burton said. "That is right about what they want me to be right now."
Burton said that he has seen up close what making a commitment to the Razorbacks can do for one's popularity.
"I just have noticed that I've got a lot more support now than before," Burton said. "People are behind me and backing me all the way."
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