While nine in-state football prospects in the 2011 class have already been offered by the University of Arkansas, there are several other young men hoping one comes their way.
Many of those athletes will be at the Razorbacks' upcoming three-day football camp on June 6-8 trying to impress the UA coaches first-hand.
One of those is Drew Central tight end Matt McKeown (6-2, 225), who was in Fayetteville for a Junior Day on April 17th and sees a lot to like about head coach Bobby Petrino's program at Arkansas.
"I like how they run it up there," McKeown said. "They have it sit up to win a national championship. Bobby Petrino has really got it set up nice. All the facilities are just amazing," McKeown said. "They are top notch and better than anything I have seen."
McKeown, who had 25 catches for 390 yards last season for his school that is located in Monticello, also got to take in a high-energy Arkansas spring practice during his visit.
"I love how they run their practices," McKeown. "It is fast-paced and at a real good tempo."
While schools such as Arkansas and Ole Miss have contacted McKeown about his on-field progress, there are several others who have taken noted of his academic prowess.
"Duke, Stanford and all of the Ivy League schools – Brown, Harvard and all the schools like that," McKeown said. "That's been pretty cool."
McKeown, who would be the first Pirates' player to get a Division I offer, belives he comes at things they right way at the line of scrimmage.
"My strengths right now are probably having the ability to block and have a good head on my shoulders and knowing what to do during all the checks," McKeown said. "I have good hands and am able to catch the ball high. I hope to show Arkansas that when I come to its three-day camp."
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