Blanchard still impressed with Hogs

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

— The contact period for college football coaches started on Sunday, and with a few exceptions, will run until Feb. 2.

Arkansas defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell visited the school of Hog running back commitment Kaleb Blanchard on Tuesday.

"He came to check up on me," Blanchard said. "He told me about the coaching situation. Basically coming and seeing how I was doing."

Blanchard, 6-1, 215, 4.45 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Denham Springs, Louisiana was given some insight to what athletic director Jeff Long might be thinking for a new head coach.

"He talked to Long, the earliest would be Wednesday and the latest would be Saturday (of next week)," Blanchard said. "He said the coaches that Long is looking at are in the championship games."

Blanchard traveled up to Fayetteville for the first time since the summer to take in the Hogs' game against LSU.

"It's been too long to be honest," Blanchard said. "When I first got up there it was home sweet home again, the game, the atmosphere. That was the first game being up there and it was pretty awesome the way they run out of the A. I like when they call the Hogs. That was my favorite part."

After the game, Blanchard was able to hang out with receiver Cobi Hamilton and an old friend from back home.

"I met Cobi and we kind of hung out and chilled and took a picture with him," Blanchard said. "Otha Peters came up, I'm good friends with him since high school because he's from Covington, Louisiana. I had an awesome time up there. I just felt welcomed and a part of the team.?

He like many other Arkansas fans felt the Hogs let LSU slip away with a victory.

"They fumbled and had miss opportunities," Blanchard said. "LSU really got lucky to be honest. They shouldn't have won that game. They came out with a W somehow."

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