Back With A Vengeance

Sam Tai

Las Vegas (NV) Liberty defensive end Sam Tai (6-4, 235), who hopes to visit Arkansas officially on one of the next two weekends, missed his team's first four games, but is back and making a big impact.

Las Vegas (NV) Liberty defensive end Sam Tai can't wait to take in a University of Arkansas game live, but he needs the TV guys who set kickoff times to help him out a bit.

Tai (6-4, 235) was all set to take his official visit this weekend as the No. 21 Razorbacks (4-2, 1-2) host Ole Miss (3-3, 1-2), but the 11:21 a.m. start makes it tough.

"I am going to talk to the Arkansas coaches on Monday, but it's going to be tough to play Friday night and then catch a flight that would get me in there and to the stadium before 11," Tai said. "I may just have to come the next weekend for the Vanderbilt game if they don't make that one early, too."

Tai, who earned a scholarship offer from Arkansas for his performance at its camp this summer, has already taken official visits to Colorado and Idaho.

The December graduate has plans to take the trip to Arkansas and his final two officials to Nevada-Reno and Fresno State.

An unofficial ltrip to hometown UNLV may also happen.

"I want to take all these visits and then sit down with my family and decide what is the best for me," Tai said. "I'll get them in and probably have a decision some time in November since I am a December graduate and I'll need to know where I am going."

All of the schools except Arkansas are relatively close.

"Look, being farther away isn't going to be a factor, but not that big of a factor," Tai said. "I love Arkansas and they are playing in the best conference in the country. Just like I said this summer, I am really high on them."

He's had a chance to catch the Razorbacks on TV some this season.

"I have seen bits and pieces of a few games and I watched them against Auburn on Saturday," Tai said. "I've been very impressed with how hard they have been playing and holding up.

"I know it was a setback when (UA quarterback Ryan) Mallett went out against Auburn, but (Tyler) Wilson came in and did great," Tai added. "I really like the style they are playing and it just got away from them on Saturday, but they have played great this season."

Tai missed the first four games of his senior season because of what he was told was a stress fracture in his fibular suffered in preseason.

"I was playing tight end and going down the field and one of the linebackers got knocked off and basically collapsed my leg," Tai said. "I was really upset at first, but now I am back and I think it just made me hungry and determined to go harder on every play."

Liberty is now 6-1 as Tai has 4 sacks among his 30 tackles and also has a game-changing punt block in his three games back.

"The best thing is that my teammates took care of business while I was hurt and that means that we will be in position to play more games in the playoff at the end of the season," Tai said. "I am really proud of them."





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