As a school that has sent several hard-hitting safeties off to the NFL, the University of Arkansas certainly has River Ridge (LA)John Curtis star P.J. Smith's attention.
From current Dallas Cowboy Ken Hamlin and current Denver Bronco Kenoy Kennedy to the retired Steve Atwater – remembered for the perhaps the NFL's hardest-ever hit - the Razorbacks have had numerous standouts who have gone from Fayetteville to the Pro Bowl.
This weekend, Smith (6-2, 200, 4.6) will try the UA on for size and see if it fits him after meeting with new Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino and assistant Bobby Allen earlier this week.
"The head coach – Coach Petrino - was here and one of his assistants and they were both really cool and I enjoyed taling to them," Smith said. "They talked about academics and all the right stuff and also talked about how Arkansas is known a great school for hard-hitting guys like me that have gone on to the NFL."
Smith had 84 tackles this season, 4 interceptions – two of which he took back for touchdowns – and several pass deflections for a 12-2 team that won a state championship.
"We did really well as a team and I think I had a great season," Smith said. "I had a lot of big hits, which is something I really like."
Arkansas will be trying to topple Nebraska off the top of Smith's list this weekend.
He took an official visit last week to the Nebraska - where new head coach and former LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini now is - after previously visiting Baylor.
"I had a nice time at Nebraska and really enjoyed seeing all the faciitlies and meeting the coaches," Smith said. "They are number one on my list right now, but I haven't been to Arkansas yet so I'll see how that goes."
Smith may also squeeze in another official visit the following weekend.
"If I do, it would probably be Southern Miss, Purdue or TCU," Smith said.
The Arkansas coaches told Smith that he would have the chance for early playing time in Fayetteville.
"Obviously they lost some guys and they didn't come in and promise I would start right away or anything," Smith said, "but they did say that there was playing time available if I came in and took care of my business."
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