Has Stoltz Eliminated Arkansas?

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Just about one month ago, the Arkansas Razorbacks appeared to be the front runner for Pulaski Academy (Little Rock,AR) linebacker Matt Stoltz . As evidence that anything can happen in recruiting, the Razorbacks are now on the outside looking in for one of the top linebackers in the Midwest.

A less-than-satisfactory visit is the reason Arkansas has dropped from his top five.

“I took an unofficial visit for the Tulsa game, and I wasn’t treated well,” said Stoltz. “Arkansas has dropped out of my top five. I haven’t spoken to them since that game. LSU, Virginia, Tennessee, and Nebraska are my top four.”

Stoltz would like to take an official visit to each of his top four, and may add a fifth if needed. While these four are solid right now, things could change.

“Well I would like to take a visit to all of these schools,” said Stoltz, who has offers from all of his favorites. “But anything can happen. I wanted to take one to Arkansas before, but now they are out so you never know.”

The Cavaliers, led by defensive coordinator Al Golden, are in heavy pursuit. They are trying to set up an official visit for the Florida State game on October 18th.

“Virginia wants to take me for an official visit on the Florida State game,” said Stoltz. “I may go, but I don’t know yet. Virginia probably sends me the most letters. They called me on Saturday, and I think it was after their game [versus Western Michigan]. I wasn’t home because I was on a football retreat, but it sounded on the message like there was a lot of noise in the background, like they were in the locker room. Nebraska called me before their game, but I missed that one too.”

All four favorites are close right now, and all are recruiting very hard. When asked if official visits may make the decision for him, Stoltz said “I think so.”

Pulaski Academy is off to a 1-1 start. Stoltz and company did not have a very good season opener, bowing to Spring Dale, but rebounded in last Friday’s game with a 20-0 victory over Stuttgart. The Pulaski defense held Stuttgart, who is one of the top teams in the state, to 90 yards of total offense.