Petrino Visits Youngblood

New University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino starts his in-home visits with Razorback football commits on Thursday and Camden Fairview quarterback Jim Youngblood comes away extremely impressed.

Camden Fairview quarterback Jim Youngblood was already excited about the University of Arkansas hiring Bobby Petrino, but now he is floating in the clouds.

Petrino and Razorbacks assistant Tim Horton had a home visit with commit Youngblood on Thursday – the first of a trio of visits with fellow Arkansas commits De'Anthony Curtis and Lavunce Askew in Camden on that day.

"It went great," Youngblood said. "He's a real straight shooter."

Youngblood (6-3, 217) passed for over 2,500 yards and rushed for 635 more while accounting for 34 touchdowns this season.

He was thrilled when Petrino compared him to current Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, who the new Razorback coach recruited and helped develop before taking over the Atlanta Falcons.

"When he compared me to Brian Brohm, it was probably one of the greatest compliments that I have got," Youngblood said during an interview on Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly. "He compared me to Brian with having the big frame and being able to move around and still being a good passer.

"The things that he told me that I would be able to do in his offense and as the leader of the team, it got me thinking and got my whole family pumped up," Youngblood added.

Petrino stressed to Youngblood that he wants his power spread offense to be balanced.

"We went over the offense and what he is looking to do in the passing game and running game," Youngblood said. "He said ideally he would like to throw for 300 and run for 150 to 160 a game. I think that fits me and also the other players that we have got committed."

He also made it clear to Youngblood that he has high goals.

"He has big plans for the future as I am sure many of the people in Fayetteville do," Youngblood said. "He wants to win a national championship, not just satisfied with an SEC Championship or an 11- or 12-win season. He wants the big ring on his finger and that's what you want in a coach. That's what you look for in a big-time QB."

Youngblood has taken it upon himself to visit with as many of the 19 commits as he can during the period that Arkansas was in a coaching search.

"I kind of stepped up and took over for all the recruits," Youngblood said. "I think the quarterback needs to be the leader on and off the field.

"Talking to my guys (Curtis and Askew) and the other guys, we know that we have expectations we have to live up to just because we are Razorback commitments," Youngblood added. "They know what we can do in the future."

Youngblood believes that Petrino's NFL experience as a co-ordinator and then a head coach will be something that turns on the recruits.

"That's awesome," Youngblood said. "Anytime a guy has got that on his resume, you can sit there and tell a kid that he has been in the NFL and who he has worked with, it catches your attention. Your ears perk up and you say I want to work with that guy."

Petrino and Horton are trying to visit with as many – if not all – of the 19 commits they can if the weather permits.

"Coach Petrino – and I know he is really tired – but I still think he is a laid back guy that is a straight shooter," Youngblood said. "He is going to tell you like it is. He didn't sugarcoat anything. He is just going to walk in there and tell you what he expects of you and what you should expect of him."


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