University of Arkansas Class of 2024 linebacker goal Melvin Laster helped his highschool have an unbeaten season to this point, with the give attention to profitable a state championship.
“This season has been great, unbeaten 11-0,” stated Laster. “It was amazing, [but] on to the next.”
Laster, 6-2, 245 kilos, has led a dominating Liberty (Mo.) North protection that has not conceded greater than 14 factors in a recreation whereas protecting all however one opponent to below 250 yards in whole assault this season held.
The Eagles defeated Blue Springs South 37-6 within the opening spherical of the playoffs final week whereas conceding simply eight first downs and 119 whole speeding yards. Laster contributed to the aim with a protected.
Laster focuses with Laser on tonight’s recreation in opposition to Park Hill South.
“None of that really matters because one game and you’re out,” Laster stated of being undefeated. “So our coaches said we’re 1 and 0 this week. Just focus on the game.”
He confirmed early indicators of being somebody faculties wanted to give attention to when he was named second-team MaxPreps highschool soccer freshman All-America. He recorded 79 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 11 quarterback rushes, 2 compelled fumbles, 1 recovered fumble and 1 cross deflection in his freshman season in varsity motion.
Laster has 67 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 7 quarterback hurries, 3 compelled fumbles and one recovered fumble this season, though he has restricted time within the second half resulting from one-sided outcomes.
Opponents typically point out his physicality and dimension after video games.
“When we shake hands, most people say, ‘Damn, you’re tall,'” he stated.
He has visited Fayetteville 4 occasions because the summer time of 2021 and is eyeing subsequent week’s recreation as a risk.
“The recruiting process in Arkansas was great,” stated Laster, who noticed protection coordinator Barry Odom go to his college throughout bye week in Arkansas. “You showed me a lot of love. They want me to come to the games. I’m thinking about coming to the Arkansas and Ole Miss game.”
His communication with Coach Sam Pittman and Linebackers Coach Michael Scherer is consistent.
“They text me every week. They tell me good luck before the games and wish me a good game,” said Laster. “They just show a lot of love and I appreciate that.”
Laster has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Illinois, Colorado and others. CBS Sports Network national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming gives him a 4-star rating.
Laster said Pittman keeps him updated on Hogs receiving individual awards, including linebacker Drew Sanders, who is a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award and the Butkus Award. The Bednarik Award is given to college football’s best defensive player and the Butkus Award is given to the best linebacker.
“It means a lot,” Vice said of Pittman speaking to him. “It’s good to have someone like him recruiting you when you never thought something like this would happen. He texted me a lot and told me about all the player and linebacker awards.”
Laster stated the Razorbacks had been in good fingers with him.
“You really are at the top of my list,” Laster stated. “When I’m down there I feel the family atmosphere. They don’t just play football there. They have fun and I like that. They’re very similar to my coaches at Liberty North and they run.” identical protection as us, so I’d match proper in.”
His bond with Scherer is the main reason for his interest in the Hogs.
“The relationship between me and him is absolutely good,” said Laster. “He makes me really feel just like the Liberty North coaches, I sit up for taking part in soccer. There are many individuals there who may also help me to get higher.”
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