Bearden junior Eldon Thompson looks the part, talks like a linebacker and has plenty of people taking notice.
Just look at the list of teams who have been in contact with Thompson (6-2, 227, 4.6), who was one of the stars of this week's University of Arkansas football camp.
"Some of the teams that have contacted me are Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia and some place in New Jersey (Rutgers)," Thompson said. "But every since I was a little kid I have liked Arkansas so this is where I want to go."
While spending most of his time in high school last year at tight end and likely to line up at running back this season, he certainly made a statement when he did get to play linebacker.
"Individually I thought I did pretty good," Thompson said. "I didn't get to play linebacker a lot because Coach had been playing tight end full-time. But I got in every once in awhile at linebacker and had about 50 tackles.
"Linebacker is the position where the hardest hitters play," Thompson said. "It is my favorite position because I love to hit."
Thompson enjoyed spending a few days working with UA linebackers coach Reggie Johnson.
"I liked camp a lot better this year than I did last year," Thompson said, "in part because I like the new linebacker coach better than I did the old one (Reggie Herring). He (Johnson) is easy to get along with. This camp was a lot more organized than last year's. I learned a lot and a whole bunch of new things that I can take back with me."
Bearden went 13-1 last season, losing by one point to Mount Ida in the Class A state title game.
They lost some great players in ASU signee Dewayne "Show" Watts, but have a ton of players returning.
"We have 35 people coming back and only lost a couple of senior starters," Thompson said. "I think we will be better this year than we were last year. I really do."
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