Eyes On Kissinger

Arkansas will host a pair of Springdale Har-Ber standouts for unofficial visits on Wednesday afternoon when linebacker Hunter Kissinger (6-3, 218) joins offensive lineman Brey Cook (6-7, 310) in visiting with the Razorback staff.

There's not just one football prospect at Springdale Har-Ber with which the University of Arkansas program is enamored.

In addition to highly-celebrated 5-star offensive lineman Brey Cook (6-7, 310), the Razorbacks are also very interested in linebacker Hunter Kissinger (6-3, 218, 4.57).

Those two 2011 prospects will take an unofficial visit to the UA on Wednesday afternoon where they will visit with head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff.

"I'm excited about the chance to visit with Coach Petrino and learn even more about the program," Kissinger said. "I think he is going to take the program to a whole new level – one that can compete not only for conference championships, but also national championships in the next several years."

He is a fan of new Arkansas offensive line coach Chris Klenakis.

"I really do like him," Kissinger said. "I have talked to him and he just has an enthusiasm and energy about him that just makes you want to be around him."

While he has yet to grab his first high major offer, Kissinger is being courted by Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma State and Tulsa – all places he has visited unofficially along with Alabama.

He obviously grew up supporting the first school in that quartet.

"I certainly have grown up an Arkansas fan and dreamed of playing for the Razorbacks," Kissinger said. "I hope I get that opportunity. But I am going to be sure and evaluate all my options and make sure what is the best fit for me.

"But Arkansas is obviously up there at the top and I think it would be a great experience to play for the Razorbacks," Kissinger added.

Kissinger had 85 tackles, 4 sacks, 9 quarterback hurries and 8 pass break-ups last season for the Wildcats, who won the Class 7A state title.

"I think my strengths on the field are that I do a great job of playing the ball and going from side to side and running down the football," Kissinger said. "I do want to get in the weight room and get stronger and want to get my 40-yard dash time lower. We can say all we want to about the 40 times, but I know it is a big factor to all these coaches that are looking at me."

No doubt Arkansas fans would love to see both Cook and Kissinger sign with the Razorbacks.

"We have talked about how great it would be to play together in college," Kissinger said. "That would be an awesome deal.

"At one time I think he was going to make a decision early, but then he said he wanted to wait around and see what happened with me," Kissinger said. "If Brey ends up deciding on Arkansas and I get the chance to play there, too, it would be great. But we have to make our own individual decisions."

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