August 31, 2006

Huge weekend in Hawg country

With one of the nation's top programs coming to the Ozark Mountains for a prime time Saturday night showdown with the home team, it's an excellent opportunity for the University of Arkansas football program to show off a bit for the nation's top recruits.

The Razorbacks are expected to play host to several key visitors, both official and unofficial, this weekend as Southern California comes to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville for the season opener.

Rivals100 defensive end Michael Keck will highlight the official visitors. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder is rated as the nation's No. 2 weakside defensive end prospect and has been high on the Razorbacks since a summer unofficial visit to the campus. Keck is expected to make an official visit to Missouri next weekend as the Tigers play host to Ole Miss and could potentially make a final decision in the weeks following these two visits.

Keck's teammate, safety Steven Collins, also will be making an official visit to Arkansas.

Also among the official visitors are a trio of targets from the state of Oklahoma, including teammates athlete Gerald Jones and wide receiver Tramain Swindall. Jones, the state of Oklahoma's No. 4 overall prospect, projects as a running back or wide receiver at the next level and currently favors Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Florida. Swindall is a Texas Tech verbal, but has been keeping in touch with his Razorbacks recruiter, Gus Malzahn. The third Sooner State prospect, defensive end Jared Glover, also will be in for an official. The state's No. 7 overall prospect is down to the Razorbacks, Nebraska and Colorado. In his most recent interview, he cited the proximity of Fayetteville, which is less than a two hour drive from his home.

Perhaps just as important as the out-of-state official visitors are the expected in-state unofficial visitors, highlighted by the expected attendance of the Natural State's No. 1 overall prospect, offensive tackle Lee Ziemba of Rogers.

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