Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007.
Louisiana LB familiar with Hogs
Arkansas receivers coach Michael Smith helps kids work on their diving catches during the University of Arkansas Youth Football Camp.
Louisiana linebacker Kendrick Jackson, who received a scholarship offer from Arkansas on Tuesday, doesn’t need an introduction to the passion of the Razorback fans.
Jackson attends high school in Haynesville, a town of about 2,300 near the Arkansas border. He played baseball and basketball as a youth for Arkansas based teams. Video highlights CLICK HERE
“All they talk about is Pig Sooie, Pig Sooie,” said Jackson with a chuckle.
The 6-foot, 221 pounder runs the 40 yard dash in 4.8 seconds. He got to know Arkansas defensive end-tight end commitment JaMario Bell and Hog tight end target Will Gragg of Pine Bluff while teammates on the youth teams.
Jackson, who recorded 121 tackles and 27 tackles for the loss last year, said he and Gragg recently talked.
“I saw him not too long ago at a track meet in El Dorado,” Jackson said. “He was like and I’m going wherever you’re going. I was hoping Arkansas would offer me. I don’t know how true he was being . The whole time I was like I hope they offer me.”
Jackson also reports scholarship offers from Hawaii, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-LaFayette and South Alabama. He’s looking to visit the Hogs during the spring game on April 26 and could possibly commit.
“It’s pretty good chance,” said Jackson of pledging to the Razorbacks. “But my mom is going to help me with my decision,” Jackson said.