Fired Up

UA commit Jim Youngblood talks about his official visit this weekend - which included a firey speech from new Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino as well as the future Razorback quarterback working hard to get Joe Adams and Aundre Dean to play their college football in Fayetteville.

Camden Fairview quarterback Jim Youngblood and the other 10 official visitors to the University of Arkansas this weekend got to see new Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino in action.

It went over well.

"Last night was the best thing about the whole visit," Youngblood said. "We all met with Coach Petrino and he gave us a pre-game speech that got us all hyped up and then we all ran out on the field like we were ready to play. It was just great. All of our hosts did it with us and it was just an awesome deal."

Youngblood (6-3, 217), who joins Tyler Wilson as Razorback QB commit in the 2008 class, was hosted by current UA player Jake Bequette.

"He was a real great guy to be around and really funny," Youngblood said. "This weekend gave me a chance to see what the student life was like. I got a chance to get out and meet a lot of the students.

"It all made me feel like this was definitely the right choice for me and I am really glad it is where I am going to be spending the next four or five years."

Seven of the recruits left today while four who came in on Saturday – Warren's Jarius Wright, Greg Childs and Chris Gragg along with Pulaski Academy's Cruz Williams – ca all stay until Monday.

"I really think everybody had a great time," Youngblood said. "We all got to meet with Coach Petrino for about 30 minutes each this morning and it was a great weekend."

Youngblood, one of the first Razorbacks commits of 2008, has done a lion's share of recruiting others during the past 9 months or so.

He kept it up this weekend – focusing especially on Central Arkansas Christian star and current USC commit Joe Adams and Katy (Texas) running back Andre Dean, who is uncommitted.

"Mostly the guys we had in this week were all already committed and after talking with them all, I believe they are all going to be Razorbacks for sure," Youngblood said. "I did try to spend a lot of time with Joe Adams and Aundre Dean, since we are trying to get them to commit to us.

"I think they both had a great time, especially Joe," Youngblood said. "I think Joe is starting to come around to his senses and knows this is where he needs to be."

Ole Miss and former UA head coach Houston Nutt has invited Youngblood and his Camden Fairview teammates and fellow UA commits - tailback De'Anthony Curtis and defensive tackle LaVunce Askew – to visit their campus next weekend.

"We haven't really made a decision on that yet," Youngblood said. "I talked to Coach Petrino about it and I have been thinking about canceling it. I'll just talked to my parents on the drive back today and we'll make a decision on that, but I am going to be a Razorback."


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