When he makes it up to Fayetteville in the next week or so, Newport standout Artez Brown will get his first look at the University of Arkansas.
It could be the start of a very long relationship.
Brown (5-11, 165, 4.4) is a running back/cornerback who got an offer from the Razorbacks two weeks ago.
"I was very excited to get the offer and I was surprised it came so early," Brown said. "(Arkansas head) Coach (Bobby) Petrino and Coach Tim Horton came by my school so I knew they were at least interested, but the offer did surprise me."
He previously had been schedule to come this weekend, but will now come next week with some other elite prospects.
"I have never been there, but I have always heard what a really nice place it is from the people," Brown said. "I have heard it is a really nice environment from my friends who are already up there. I am really looking forward to checking it all out myself."
One of those friends in Razorback track athlete Caleb Cross of Newport.
"He's got great things to say about Arkansas," Brown said.
Brown also has offers from Memphis and Southern Arkansas, and interest from Ole Miss, - where he recently attended a junior day.
That's coming after a junior season in which he rushed for 1,406 yards and 16 touchdowns and also had 36 tackles for the Greyhounds.
He picked off three passes as a junior and took a pair of those back for scores. Brown had 7 interceptions as a sophomore.
"I like offense the best because I like having the ball in my hands and making plays," Brown said. "But I also know that a lot of schools like the fact that I have a great break on the ball and see me as a cornerback in college."
Arkansas has expressed interest in him more as a cornerback so far.
"They told me I'll need to get my weight up and get stronger to be on offense," Brown said. "Really they have a great program, I really enjoy the coaches and I think it would be a good place for me if that is where I end up."
Ole Miss has made its interest known to Brown, who attended the Rebels' camp last season.
"Coach (James) Shibest has been here a couple of times, once last year and once this year," Brown said. "I think they have a good program, too."
Brown was thrilled to see the story of former Newport and current Cave City star Thamail Morgan on the Super Bowl pre-game show.
"He's a good friend and I am very happy he took advantage of his second chance and is making something of himself," Brown said. "I'm very proud of him."
Brown said that he doesn't rule out a quick commit, but that he was going to make sure about his recruiting process.
"I'm thinking it will be a slower process than a quick one," Brown said. "I'll just get up there and check out Arkansas and see a few other things and then go from there."
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