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You likely have heard the advertisements for ArkansasSports360.com’s football preview magazine.

So this is a political season, unfortunately, and in the case of equal time – since we reviewed a competitor last month – we bring a little insight into this publication.

And, as we have said before, we love the price. Still. It’s free.

Of course at such a bargain, it often is hard to find a copy. But they are around the county, we are told.

On the cover, Arkansas Razorbacks Tyler Wilson, Cobi Hamilton and Knile Davis are featured with the headline: “NFL Can Wait.”

It, obviously, is the lead story, and the players all talk about their return to Fayetteville to pursue the dream of winning a national title.

The publication feeds the frenzy that many UA supporters feel — that a title is possible despite the distractions of the former coach’s famous April Fool’s Day motorcycle ride.

Still there is plenty to feed the Razorbacks fan’s fever.

And there’s a lot on the sudden resurgence at Arkansas State University, brought about by last year’s 10-win season and the surprising hiring of Gus Malzahn as the new Red Wolves football coach.

Malzahn also brought along a bunch of old Arkansas friends – John Thompson and J.B Grimes to name a couple – for this coaching staff.

There is plenty more college coverage of the other state teams, the Southeastern Conference and the Sun Belt Conference.

One of the more interesting features is a look at the history of the best running backs in state high school and college history by Evin Demirel. The choice here always has been Basil Shabazz, who played for Pine Bluff in the early 1990s. He had big-time speed and power and was clearly the best player on the state’s top level.

The prep coverage has been cut back, but there is a listing of the top 10 players in the state – in the eyes of their Razorback recruiting writer.

In Class 7A, North Little Rock is No. 2 behind Fayetteville.

In Class 5A, nether Jacksonville or Sylvan Hills made the top 10.

In Class 4A, Central Arkansas Christian, down from Class 5A, is No. 8. No mention of the sleeping monster at Maumelle.

But ArkansasSports360.com’s preseason magazine is still the best buy in sports print media.

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Jeff Reed is sports editor of Stephens Media’s Pulaski County newspapers. His e-mail address is jreed@arkansasnews.com.

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