Doing Things The Right Way
In this day and age where recruits heads swell with the attention they get from college head coaches, it's nice to hear about a kid like Alpharetta (GA) Mount Pisgah quarterback Kyle Sloter.
Sloter took the unusual – but very polite – step of calling Arkansas' coaches this week to thank them for inviting him to last week's Razorback win over Troy.
"I just always want to do things the right way," Sloter said.
Doing the right things on and off the field is probably why Arkansas continues to keep tabs on Sloter (6-5, 200, 4.69).
"I'm very honored that the Razorbacks are showing interest in me," Sloter said. "Arkansas is a great program."
Sloter got an offer from Tulane – his first – just a couple of days after making the trip to Fayetteville with his dad Daryl.
But he is also getting interest from Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, UAB and Furman among others.
He was recently tabbed the Atlanta Constitution Journal newspaper as one of the state's most overlooked senior football players.
"I really think I started from behind because I only got to play five games last season before tearing my meniscus," Sloter said. "I threw for over 1,000 yards, but when the coaches look at my stats, it looks like I only threw for that much during the entire season. A lot of them want to see me play or see tape of my first few games this season before they offer."
Sloter has completed 52 of 80 passes for 1,070 yards and nine touchdowns this season and also run for four more scores while leading his team to a 3-1 start.
In his season opener, the four-year starter completed 7 of 8 passes for a whopping 278 yards and four touchdowns before leaving early with his team comfortably ahead.
He completed 17-of-23 passes for 245 yards in a win over Pinecrest Academy last Friday night with Tulane coaches on the sideline.
"I feel like I have a strong arm, but I think my biggest asset is knowing the mental aspect of football, where to throw the ball and how to get us in the right plays against the defense that we are facing," Sloter said. "A lot of quarterbacks have all the talent in the world and might be 6-3 and 240, but don't know how to play quarterback when the blitz is coming. I do and I think I excel at that.
"I can also run the ball and makes plays with my feet when what we called breaks down," Sloter said. "I think it helps our offense out a lot that the defense has to account for me as a running threat as well as a passing one."
Sloter is working with former Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley, who finished third behind Reggie Bush and Vince Young in the voting for the Associated Press National Player of the Year in 2005.
"He is helping me on my footwork and I can see tremendous improvement from the preseason," Sloter said. "He really knows what he is doing."
Sloter can certainly see himself running Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino's offense if given the chance.
"Arkansas' offense is great, so many playmakers and so creative," Sloter said. "Anybody would love to run that offense. It is built for success if you just take coaching and make the right decisions."
Sloter, just named the North Fulton Forsyth Touchdown Club's Offensive Player of the Week, is schedule to visit Tulane on Oct. 14-16 and also take a trip to see a Georgia game.
"I hope Arkansas likes what they see in me," Sloter said. "It would be just great to get an offer from the Razorbacks."