Springdale offensive lineman Mitch Smothers has been a University of Arkansas fan for quite some time now.
"We've had season tickets since I was six years old," Smothers said Sunday night. "I've always been a fan. So when Arkansas offered me, it was like a dream come true."
Smothers – whose unofficial visit to the UA campus on Saturday was his second in less than a month – has grown into a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman.
He has seen a wave of scholarship offers come his way in the last 21 days.
"Arkansas has offered, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Tulsa," Smothers said. "It's really been amazing and I am really honored. It has certainly been an exciting three-week period for me."
The Razorbacks had another chance to impress Smothers on Saturday after he has previously been on campus with some other select juniors earlier this month.
"We went to the basketball game, talked to the coaches and got a chance to really look over the academic center," Smothers said. "It's all very impressive."
Smothers – who was joined on Saturday by Newport athlete Artez Brown (5-11, 165, 4.4) - believes Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino has the Razorbacks headed into the right direction.
"I really think he is doing a great job," Smothers said. "He let us know that they want to do everything first class and that they were going to be building new locker rooms and meeting rooms after this year and just trying to make everything great."
Smothers said that he has been very pleased with that he has found out about new Razorback offensive line coach Chris Klenakis.
"I really like him and he really seems to know what he is doing and a very good coach," Smothers said. "He has really impressed me."
As has new Springdale head coach Shane Patrick, who has taken over for the ill Kevin Johnson.
"I really like him," Smothers said. "He has been with us for about a month now. He has changed up our weight program, which I think is a really good thing."
Smothers will be trying to complete his blocking package over the spring and summer.
"As a team, our goal is certainly to make it to the state playoffs," Smothers said. "I think I am very good at run blocking, but I want to get better at my pro (pass) protection. And I want to break the bench press record of 405. I am at 370. McKenzie Phillips set the record."
Smothers will likely make a decision this summer after taking a few unofficial visits.
"I will probably commit during the early summer," Smothers said. "I want to take some other visits during spring football. I'll probably go see all the schools that have offered me and that are still interested in me."
He has a couple of good advisors to help him in that decision.
"My (offensive line) coach Eli Drinkwitz is a big help and my dad is certainly a big help," Smothers said. "I feel real good about them helping me with all this."
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