While the University of Arkansas football program has 20 commitments already, the Razorback coaches are certainly continuing to evaluate talent both in and out of state to round out the 2008 class.
One of the guys they are keenly interested in seeing in action early this season is Springdale Har-Ber defensive end Brooks Reimer.
Reimer (6-5, 225, 4.69) impressed the UA coaches with his size and speed earlier this summer while attending two of their camps.
"I think it would be awesome to get a chance to play for the Razorbacks," Reimer said. "That has always been my dream and they are my number one choice - bar none. I hope I can prove to them I can play there."
Reimer joins offensive lineman Bryant Newell (6-7, 295) – another player Arkansas is eyeing, quarterback Patrick Calcagni (6-0, 160) and Tulsa line commit Jared Griggs (6-6, 230) to give the Wildcats at least four legitimate D-1 prospects.
He has been getting interest from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Tulsa and Ouachita Baptist so far.
"Arkansas is definitely where I want to go," Reimer said.
Reimer, who played four games as a sophomore on the phenomenal Springdale High state championship squad of 2005, played both tight end and defensive end as a junior for Har-Ber.
But this season, he is all about coming off the edge on defense.
"I wanted to focus all my efforts on defensive end this season because I think that is where I can best help the team and where I will play in college," Reimer said. "I think that will be the best for me and the team."
Har-Ber head coach Chris Wood praised Reimer's present and future this spring.
"He is a big, athletic kid with a lot of speed that will do anything you ask of him," Wood said. "I think he is going to get bigger and stronger and have a great senior season for us. He is a great pass rusher and is turning himself into an outstanding college prospect."
Har-Ber was 2-8 in the program's first year of existence last season, which included a season and program opening 22-21 win over Lawton (Okla.) MacArthur.
They have high hopes for season number two, which begins on Aug. 31 when the Wildcats host Lawton MacArthur and then have four straight road games.
"Our goal is to go to state and then win the state," Reimer said of what is an eight-team Class 7A playoff in Arkansas these days. "That's always been my goal and I think it is the same for all of the other players and coaches. We believe we have the talent to get it done."
Going 2-8 at Har-Ber last season was certainly a far cry from the 14-0 season he experienced as a sophomore.
"But it was also very exciting because it we were turning a new leaf with a new program and doing it from the ground up," Reimer said.
Reimer said last season's experience was very beneficial in making this season's team better.
"We all learned a lot about what you have to do to step up and play well in the 7A-West," Reimer said. "In the 7A-West it is a lot faster game and things are a lot different for the guys who had not played in it before. We have taken that knowledge, learned from it and put in the work during the off-season.
"We also have a great coaching staff, one of the best offensive line coaches probably in the country (Don Streubing) and great offensive and defensive minds," Reimer said. "We really believe we have a lot of things going for us."
So does Reimer, who notes he will be working to improve his run defense and his pass defense, which is his strength right now.
"I just want to become mentally tougher out there on the football field and make the right decision every play, buckle down and be read to play every snap," Reimer said. "I can use my speed to get past people and just want to continue to get stronger and go through them also. I think I am really coming along and want to show that I am an SEC-type player."
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