Highlight Worthy

Dodge City (Kan.) High quarterback Kale Pick (6-2, 195, 4.5), one of two quarterbacks in the 2008 class committed to the University of Arkansas, will be in Fayetteville on Saturday for the Razorbacks' Seniors Camp.

If you've been on the Internet lately and seen Dodge City, Kan. quarterback Kale Pick's highlight video, there's no doubt you've come away very impressed.

The University of Arkansas commit dazzles with both his arm and feet on the highlight tape available at both www.reddemonfootball.com or at the ever- popular youtube.com.

Pick (6-foot-2, 195 pounds, 4.5 seconds 40-yard dash), who is the 27th-rated quarterback in the country according to Scout.com, is coming off a junior season where he passed for 1,779 yards and 19 touchdowns with just six interceptions.

"I think that highlight tape is a pretty good indicator of my strengths and what I can get done with my arm and on the ground," Pick said. "But I think my biggest strength may be my ability to look over a defense before the play starts and know what's going to be successful and what's not."

Both he and fellow UA quarterback commit Jim Youngblood (6-3, 217) -- each rated as one of the nation's top 10 dual-threat signal callers -- will be on hand this weekend at the UA's Seniors Only Camp.

They will be two of the 100 or so prospects in the 2008 class that will attend the one-day event.

"I'm looking forward to getting down there and being around (UA head) Coach (Houston) Nutt and (UA offensive coordinator) Coach (David) Lee," Pick said. "They both have me very excited about coming to Arkansas."

It was that pair, along with UA assistant James Shibest, who helped steer Pick to Arkansas and away from schools such as Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa.

"I thought I wanted to take my time and go to a lot of places this summer, but once I came down to Arkansas this spring I knew it was the place for me," Pick said. "I have visited several places anyway already and I just wanted to go ahead and let them know I was coming."

Arkansas has long been a run-oriented team, but Pick, who may possibly enroll at Arkansas in January, sees that changing to a certain extent.

"I know they run the ball and run it well as they should with backs like they have," Pick said. "But I also know that they are bringing the Dallas Cowboys' offense in there and are moving closer toward being 50-50."

Pick has spent the summer working out with his teammates in the morning and getting lots of 7-on-7 work in during the evening.

"We usually get up to our school and lift around 6:30 in the morning and then I go out with my receivers and we get about an hour-and-a-half passing in," Pick said. "We've also been playing a lot of 7-on-7 games, including winning a tournament in Newton, Kansas, that had 25 teams in it. We're real excited about this upcoming season."

Pick led his team to a 6-3 record last season, the first winning season in 12 years for Dodge City.

He set almost every passing record at the school and is determined to continue that success this season.

"I think we are going to be able to score on just about every one this season," Pick said. "I feel really good about our offense."

He will be able to throw to both Mychal Thompson and transfer Brayton Maier (6-2, 180), who will accompany Pick to Arkansas this weekend.

Maier was a star at Cimarron High last season as a quarterback and a linebacker.

"Those guys are going to make my job a lot easier," Pick said.

Dodge City will open it season on Friday, Aug. 31 when it travels to face Wichita South.

Razorback fans will then have the opportunity to see Pick and Dodge City play on ESPN on Sept. 7 when the Demons host Wichita East.

"Everybody is excited about that game and the season," Pick said. "We all think we are going to have a great year."

Tidbits: ...Khiry Battle (6-0, 205), a S/RB from Dacula (Ga.) High took an unofficial visit to Arkansas on Monday.

...Junior Okpara (6-1, 180), a CB from Dulles High in Sugar Land, Texas that Arkansas really covets will be in Fayetteville on Friday on an unofficial visit.

...The Seniors-Only Camp, which will begin Saturday morning and last six hours, will bring a great mix of in-state and out-of-state prospects.


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