Fred Bledsoe Still Looking

Often times the answers you get from a prospect depends on who is asking the questions. For instance: Fred Bledsoe, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle from Little Rock Central High School recently listed Tennessee as his leader.

However, in today's edition (Jan. 20) of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette he's singing a slightly different tune. "If Tennessee has any kind of lead it would be because I've been there on an official visit and not to Arkansas."

That will change this week when Fred Bledsoe takes his last official visit to UA's Fayetteville campus in northwest Arkansas.

"I want to see how college life would be outside of academics and athletics," Bledsoe said. "I want to see the educational features Arkansas has to offer."

As a senior, Bledsoe recorded 91 tackles, nine behind the line of scrimmage and intercepted three passes, returning one for the game-clinching touchdown in the Class-5A state title game.

Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt listed Bledsoe as a recruiting priority after his very public announcement that he was signing an extension with UA and turning down the Nebraska head coaching job. Houston and his brother Danny, a backfield coach for the Razorbacks, are both graduates of Little Rock Central.

UA coaches have told Bledsoe that he could be used at tight end in addition to the defensive line. Bledsoe has 4.79 speed and very good hands. Of course, Tennessee needs tight end help also and has extended the same offer.

"I like the idea of playing both ways," Bledsoe said. "I just need to get into shape. I want to report early to the school I choose, probably in July, and get into shape so I can play both ways."

Bledsoe is being recruited by Steve Caldwell who has landed such notables from the Natural State as Reggie Coleman, Cedric Houtson, Greg Jones and Brett Smith. Both Houston and Smith were All-Americans and Arkansas' No. 1 prospect. Tennessee appears to be the leader for Augusta, Ark., running back James Turner a diverse sleeper who could play four positions at the next level.

"We have a great relationship," Bledsoe said of Caldwell. "I like coach Caldwell's kindness. He's a very kind guy. Every question that I ask he breaks it down for me and helps me out. He really understands about recruiting and how much pressure all of this has given me, and he really helps me understand it better."

Arkansas has already committed 23 players with national signing day still two weeks away and two more visit weekends to host. Additionally, Oklahoma State is still a contender for Bledsoe. IT will keep you posted of further developments in this ongoing story.

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