Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Hog pledge earns All American honors
Arkansas commitment and junior college linebacker Myke Tavarres has been named 1st team All American.
Tavarres, 6-2 1/2, 215, 4.42 Weed, (Calif.) College of the Siskiyous recorded 85 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, 2 recovered fumbles and 1 forced fumble.
He said his coach told him this morning and that made him tear up because he's worked so hard to achieve his goals after being overlooked in high school. Click here for highlights
He's officially visiting Boise State this weekend and plans to make a final decision in about two weeks.
On Wednesday, he received a call from new Hog Coach Bret Bielema and came way very impressed.
"I definitely gained a lot more respect for him," Tavarres said. "Just talking to him because after hearing about the move from Wisconsin to Arkansas I just didn't know what to think and also I hadn't met him and after getting the chance to talk to him I'm definitely a lot more comfortable with him as a coach."
He said Bielema caught his attention one comment.
"One thing he did say was he was coming into the SEC to win," Tavarres said. "He wasn't playing games, he's not messing around. He's looking to having fun and winning games."
Tavarres said Bielema is expected to come visit him next week.