University of Arkansas linebackers coach Michael Scherer has the Hogs in the mix early for linebacker Karmelo Overton after extending a scholarship offer April 13.
Overton, 6-3, 215 pounds, of Ozark (Ala.) Carroll had four other offers from Tennessee, Arizona State, South Carolina and Georgia Tech prior to the Razorbacks' offer.
"When I was talking to coach Scherer, he was telling me how the defense is focused around the middle linebacker and how good the linebackers have been in the past," said Overton, a member of the Class of 2023. "I like to hear stuff like that."
The production of senior linebacker Grant Morgan earning him All-American and All-SEC accolades while leading the league in tackles with 111 has Overton's attention. So does junior linebacker Bumper Pool being named All-SEC second team and the third-leading tackler in the league with 101 tackles.
"That is a big plus," Overton said.
Overton is looking to attend several college camps while also visiting the Hogs and others this summer.
"I'll be real busy as far as camping and going on visits ," said Overton, who has a 3.8 grade-point average. "I'm trying to visit everybody that's offered me. Go on visits and see what the vibe is like and see what everybody is talking about and how it looks."
He also participates in track and field and owns a best of 15.7 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. Despite being larger than most in the event, Overton said getting over the last hurdle isn't an issue.
"To be honest, it's not that hard for real," he said. "To me, the 110 is fun and exciting. Your adrenaline gets kicking in and you're just gone."
He also runs the third leg of the 400 relay. He and his teammates placed second in the Class 5A state meet with a time of 43.5 seconds.
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