It's no surprise that after a recent Hawgs Illustrated interview of Fort Gibson (Okla.) linebacker Courtney Gaston that a University of Arkansas football fan rushed up to ask the reporter – ‘man, who was that?'
After all, the prospect sure does look the part – a 6-5, 225-pound linebacker who just happens to have 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash and a bright future ahead of him.
It's one that could include the Razorbacks, who have him as a prime target on their recruiting board.
"This is a great place and a great atmosphere," Gaston said Saturday night while in attendance at the Arkansas-Georgia game. "This is what big-time college football is suppose to be like and I am very impressed."
Gaston, also a standout basketball player, has offers from Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Tulsa and Texas Tech.
"Right now I have got it down to a top four of Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State and Tulsa," Gaston said.
At first he thought he might have one made before the season.
"I just decided I needed to slow down just a bit and take a look at the schools and be sure," Gaston said. "But I do hope to have a decision before too long."
Gaston, who had 111 tackles last season, was making his second trip to Arkansas after another unofficial one to Fayetteville back in July.
"I love the coaches over here and they really make me feel wanted," said Gaston, whose lead recruiter is UA assistant and Oklahoma native Garrick McGee. "They have great facilities, play in a great conference in the SEC and have tremendous fans."
Fort Gibson is off to a 2-1 start this season heading into a Friday night clash with Webster.
Considering the Tigers were winless in 2007 and just 2-8 in 2008, the 2009 start has Gaston and his team excited.
"We are doing some real good things as a team and especially on defense we are real happy with how we have played," Gaston said. "We really have come out strong in these last two games."
After a season-opening loss to Tahlequah Sequoyah, Fort Gibson has bounced back with a 56-14 win over Mannford and a 26-7 whipping of Cleveland.
Cleveland had just 96 yards total offense on the night, 70 via the run.
"Our coach talked about how if we went and played the way we could that we could keep them from getting anything going," Gaston said. "That's pretty much what we did."
Gaston is off to another fast start with over 30 tackles.
"I think I am playing very well so far, but you can always get better," Gaston said. "That is the thing to keep working for every day."
Although he doesn't have any other unofficial visits set up as of yet, Gaston expects to see a few more games as his schedule dictates.
"I think that is one that will really help me is to see what it is like during a game, how things go with the coaches and the players," Gaston said. "I can tell you its going to take a lot to top this here at Arkansas. It's big-time."
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