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Spaight gets an in-home visit from Bielema
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER 08-17-09 UA football practice on the practice field assistant coach Bobby Allen
Junior college All American linebacker Martrell Spaight hosted Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema and asst. coach Bobby Allen for an in-home visit Saturday evening.
Spaight, 6-0 1/2, 220, 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Coffeyville Community College is a 2011 North Little Rock graduate. He received a scholarship offer from the Hogs during the visit. He recently committed to Kansas St.
Just spoke to Mark Spaight, his father and he said Martrell is trying to process all of this. He committed to Kansas State on Wednesday and has a good relationship with the coaches. Mark said he talked to Arkansas about 1 o'clock on Sat. and Bielema and Bobby Allen, who has been Martrell's lead recruiter, arrived about 8 p.m. for the visit. Mark Spaight said he was impressed with Bielema.
Spaight recoded 121 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 pass breakups and 2 recovered fumbles in nine games as a freshman and 127 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 2 pass breakups this season.
With the dead period starting on Monday, it makes things a little more complicated. Colleges can't host prospects on official or unofficial visits from Dec. 17 to Jan. 3. Then there's a quiet period. Click here for more details
Martrell Spaight said Bielema told him that he looked at his film and said he could be a player in his defensive scheme and help the program. Bielema told him the Hogs see him at the weak side position.
He said the previous told him he was too small to play in the SEC but Bielema said he had a 5-11 linebacker at Wisconsin and size isn't really a factor as long as you can get the job done.
Spaight has always wanted an offer from Arkansas and said he bled Red and to get the offer was a great feeling.
He said plans to look at the pros and cons of each school and come up with a decision. Doesn't have a time frame. Because of the dead period, Spaight won't be able to visit Arkansas before the start of the mid-term-JC signing period that starts on Dec. 19. If he signs he was told he could visit Jan 4-6 during the quiet period. He can wait until later and visit the Jan. 11-13 weekend and then sign if that's want he wants to do.
Spaight is good with the English requirements of the SEC for JC transfers but will have a take an online class for the math requirement or take a class at Arkansas Baptist.