Four locals part of Boll Weevils’ class

Arkansas-Monticello has signed 14 high school seniors to play football for the Boll Weevils this fall season.

UAM head coach Hud Jackson announced his signing class along with the 11 mid-year transfers on Wednesday at a reception in the Indoor Practice Facility. Jackson landed defensive tackle Steven King and linebacker Michael Risner of McGehee, linebacker Austin Nutt of Fordyce, and Jackson’s son William III of Drew Central.

Risner was not listed as a UAM signee but the Owls’ head coach, Marcus Haddock. confirmed the intent.

King, a first-team 6-3A All-Conference and first-team 3A All-State player, was announced Defensive Player of the Year by Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine after the season.

“Steven had committed to another university and we ended up getting him after he took his visit,” Jackson said. “That’s always good cause we’ve had a lot of luck with McGehee. We’ve got some good football players from McGehee, Ark., and we’re excited about all these guys coming over here and playing.”

Freshman defensive end Dale Bass is the only player listed on Jackson’s 2012 roster from McGehee.

Jackson announced that the 2013 UAM signing class includes nine players from Arkansas, seven from Louisiana, two from Tennessee, two from California, two from Kansas, two from Texas and one from Mississippi.

“On the offensive side of the ball we have a total of 13, nine on defense and three special teams guys,” Jackson said.

Jackson said his and his coaching staff’s purpose in the recruiting process was to go out and sign 14 high school players that could potentially fulfill particular needs on his roster.

The Boll Weevils finished 1-10 and placed ninth in the Great American Conference in 2012.

“I went on a visit up there and they made an offer,” Nutt, who committed to UAM Jan. 19, said in a telephone interview. “I just committed right there.”

Nutt said UAM told him that he would get a shot at early playing time as long as he comes in and helps the program. UAM also ranked ninth in scoring defense (37.6 points per game) and ninth in total defense (424.5 yards per game) in the conference.

Haddock added that King and Risner are two quality football players that Jackson would be able to put to use.

“I think they are going to be a great asset to that university,” Haddock said. “I was

gonna drive and watch them play wherever they went.”

Risner led the Owls with 88 solo tackles in his junior season.

King was also recruited by Southern Arkansas, Arkansas Tech, Harding and Ouachita Baptist, according to Haddock.