Savage Focusing on Season

Jeff Savage has offers on the table. Right now, he's more worried about helping Smackover win games on the field.

"We're 3-1," said Jeff Savage, whose Smackover team beat Norphlet, Dierks, and Fouke. "We were 1-3 at this point last year. It get's a little tougher starting this week."

Smackover takes on Lafayette County on Friday. The one loss for Smackover came against Strong and star running back Kenneth Dixon. "When you get to know people outside football," admitted Savage, "you want to make sure and let him know it's you thats hitting him."

"He's a great player," Savage added about Dixon. "I still think we should have won. It was 26-20. I think we shocked them. He got his yeards, but we hit harder than they were used to getting hit. We should have won. We let one get away."

Louisiana Tech let one get away against Houston two weeks ago. Up 34-7, Tech watched Houston storm back to a 35-34 win. "Trae Ford (Farmerville) and I were at the Houston game," said Savage. "We were going to leave when it was 34-7, but we decided to hang around."

Both Savage and Ford have offers from ULM. Savage said he knows Ford from going to all of the summer football camps, but he also added that Ford used to live in Strong, AR. The two defensive linemen may be the two top uncommitted defensive linemen in the El Dorado-Ruston area.

"My top schools are Arkansas, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, ULM, Arkansas State, and Vandebilt," said Savage. "I have offers from ULM and Missouri State. I think Arkansas Tech is close to offering."

"ULM offered the day after camp, July 18th," added the 6'4" defensive end. "The written offer came in August. "I'm planning on going to the MTSU game, if we aren't still playing football in November."

Savage isn't letting recruiting get in the way of his season. He has 42 tackles on the season, including 16 against Fouke.

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