Liddell's Living Out Dream

Josh Liddell

Pine Bluff Dollarway safety Josh Liddell (6-1, 198) has always dreamed of playing for the Razorbacks and is taking his official visit to Arkansas this weekend with both Boise State and Georgia hoping he doesn't end the process while in Fayetteville.

Of all the talented prospects visiting Arkansas this weekend that head coach Bret Bielema and his staff are hosting this weekend, only one grew up a true Razorback fan.

He's Pine Bluff Dollarway safety Josh Liddell (6-1, 198, 4.5), who has made it clear he grew up wanting to play for the school that he is taking his official visit to this weekend.

"It's still a dream for me," Liddell said. "The biggest reason is because of the head coach – Coach Bielema. I think he is a great coach and very smart and all the other (Razorback) coaches as well. It is a close coaching staff, very, very close and it is a family-like atmosphere."

Liddell, who has 10 offers, knows that his family and friends want him to represent the school, thd community and his state by being a Razorback.

"It would be the chance to play in front of my home state Arkansas and it would be really good to represent my home," Liddell said.

Arkansas is looking at Liddell, who had 25 interceptions in his high school career, as a safety.

"I think it is my size, speed and instincts," noted Liddell, who had 12 of those picks as a sophomore. "I think I have great instincts back there at safety."

Liddell and the other official visitors are meeting with Arkansas academic people today, getting a chance to tour facilities and be in meetings with their position coaches, will see the Arkansas-Auburn basketball game at 5 p.m., have dinner at Razorback Stadium and then have the rest of the night with their player hosts.

"I'm looking forward to meeting Coach Bielema again and getting to know him a little bit better and just get to know more about the offer," Liddell said. "Get to know about the people here and really have a good time."

While most expect Liddell to commit to the Razorbacks, it is not as cut-and-dried as it might seem because of his relationship with the former Arkansas State and current Boise State coaches and Georgia has jumped into the fray late.

He took a visit to Boise State ast weekend.

"It was good," Liddell said. "It really made me think about the offer. I had a great visit."

When he returned, Georgia called his head coach Cortez Lee. "Georgia called and they asked for transcript and to send my film," Liddell said. "He gave me the defensive coordinator's phone number and told me to call him whenever I wanted to and they would get back to me later.

"But right now it is just Arkansas and Boise right now," added Liddell, whose mother Vickie, brother Jonathan and sister Velcia are all on his visit with him this weekend.

Liddell was a two-way threat for the Cardinals this season as he played quarterback and passed for 1,257 yards and 15 touchdowns and also rushed for 1,278 yards and 21 more scores for his 13-1 squad.

He also had 45 tackles and three interceptions this season although not many tried his side this season after all the success his previous two campaigns.

"I didn't see many balls thrown my way this season," Liddell said. "I guess that was because of my reputation the first couple of years."

Asked if he might commit to the Razorbacks this weekend, Liddell responded this way.

"There's a good chance, but right now I am not for sure," Liddell said. "Nothing is for certain right now, but there is a good chance."





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