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Fast Parkview LB receives offer from Hogs

Parkview coach Brad Boulding during their game against Bryant Friday Sept. 8, 2023 in Bryant. ..Stephen B. Thornton/Special to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.More photos at

Arkansas has extended an offer to Little Rock Parkview linebacker Jakore Smith, the second in-state prospect in the 2026 class to receive one.  

Smith, 6-1, 180 pounds, joins Greenwood sophomore quarterback Kane Archer in having an offer from the Hogs in the 2026 class. The offer is Smith’s first Power 5 offer.

He called Arkansas defensive coordinator Travis Williams and was told of the offer.

“Man, I’m blessed to be a sophomore and get an offer,” Smith said. “This is just motivation to push me to work harder now. I'm got to step up big. I’m hungry for the next level and still focused on getting the team another championship this season.”  

Patriot head coach Brad Bolding reports Smith running 4.4 seconds in the 40 yard dash while comparing him to a former Razorback and NFL linebacker Bolding coached at North Little Rock. 

“Reminds me a lot of Martrell Spaight, he has a disposition about him when he arrives at the ball,” Bolding said. “He’s fast, real fast.  Still has a lot to learn about the position. I think he is special.” 

He has 30.5 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a recovered fumble in four games this season. 

Smith recorded 7 tackles and a forced fumble in his first varsity game this season against Springdale Har-Ber. 

"He’s hungry to be the best linebacker he can be and is a team player that wants to win another state championship,” Bolding said.