Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
Player of the Week: Greenwood's Jabe Burgess
Greenwood quarterback Jabe Burgess looks to pass during Friday night’s game against Little Rock Parkview at War Eagle Field in Little Rock.
Name: Jabe Alan Burgess
School: Greenwood High School
Weight: 203 pounds
Position: Quarterback, Punter
Bench max: 205
Squat max: 315
40-yard dash: 4.85
Vertical: Haven't Tested
Number of years playing football: 10 years
Schools that have offered: None
Other schools showing interest: Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, Tulsa, Arkansas State and Arkansas
I like Arkansas because: It's close to my hometown and the facilities are great.
Schools I've visited:U of A, Arkansas State
In college, I plan to major in: Business
I like playing quarterback because: I like being able to control the game. Also, I was raised in a family of quarterbacks and from a young age I was practicing at the quarterback position.
Best football moment: Beating our rival Fort Smith Southside in Week 8. It was a huge game with the conference championship on the line. The atmosphere was incredible.
My favorite play: A High-Low post-dig-drag combination. I watched Tyler throw it to every possible receiver when he ran the same play multiple times in the 2006 state championship game. It was a play that he broke down for me when I was in the 6th grade and I know it like the back of my hand.
Best player I've played against: Kiehl Frasier
Favorite high school team to play against: Southside
Describe what football means to you in 20 words or fewer: Being totally committed and achieving the highest level of success with my teammates while having fun doing it.
My ringtone on my cell is: The AT&T Default ringtone
Favorite NFL player: Aaron Rodgers
Favorite NFL team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, my dad lived in Tampa Bay for 7 years.
Favorite music: Country and Rock
Favorite song: "Boys of Fall" by Kenny Chesney
Favorite book: "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand
Favorite movie: The Sandlot
Favorite TV show: American Idol
Favorite actor: Bradley Cooper
Favorite actress: Reese Witherspoon
Favorite food: Italian
Favorite class: History
Dream Date: Carrie Underwood
Hobbies: Guitar, Skiing, Hunting and Fishing
The one thing I could not live without is: my cellphone
Role model: My grandpa ( Dr James Burgess), He's a great leader for our family and the town of Greenwood, I strive to be more like him.
Three words to describe me: Friendly, Determined and Leader
People would be surprised that I: sing and play the guitar at many local events in the area. I love playing music for crowds.
Ten years from now I'll be: starting a family and involved with either football or the music industry. I would like to somehow incorporate my hobbies into my job.
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