Drama Builds in Bledsoe Battle

It might take the Arkansas national guard to get Fred Bledsoe out of the state.

Recently we reported how the Razorback head coach Houston Nutt, a Little Rock Central alum, had designated the 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle as a "high priority" target, a fact underscored by an in-home visit Saturday that included six members of UA's coaching staff.

Now we know that Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a Republican, plans to attend Bledsoe's 4 p.m. press conference at Little Rock Central High School, adding to the prospect's pressure to sign with the Hogs. (Incidentally, Central is the school where the national guard was called upon in 1957 by President Dwight Eisenhower to enforce court-ordered intergration.)

Furthermore, it appears Arkansas will get a commitment from Bledsoe's teammate Fred Fairchild.

"Ah it was good," Fred Bledsoe said of UA's home invasion. "We just sat down and basically talked about how bad they needed us."

Arkansas, Tennessee and Oklahoma State are all still in contention for Bledsoe, who runs a 4.79, but the battle is expected to come down to UT and the Razorbacks.

Bledsoe had originally planned to arrive at his high school Wednesday wearing three shirts representing the teams he's considering and was going to remove them one by one until he was deck out in the shirt of the school he had chosen. However he has since amended that process and now will enter his press conference with a jacket covering the shirt that represented his school of choice.

Vol fans can only hope Bledsoe is a Democrat.


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