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NORTH LITTLE ROCK FOOTBALL Circus still in town

<p>Altee Tenpenny</p>

Altee Tenpenny

He’s been more media relations representative than coach in recent weeks. The role change is indeed understandable.

North Little Rock football coach Brad Bolding has a stable of players that colleges want.

Of course there is Altee Tenpenny, who has been engulfed in the recruiting hype monster with media following and reporting his every move, and fans hungry for word that he will switch his pledge from Alabama to Arkansas. That hasn’t happened.

But the pressure is indeed prevalent. There is even a fake Twitter account in Tenpenny’s name.

But Bolding has other players garnering college attention, as many as five of his seniors, and maybe more could be donning pads for a college or junior college team next season.

“Most of the rest are Division II, or junior college,” Bolding said.

Gary Vines, Javeon Williams, Kenny Howard as well as Gerald Watkins and Rodney Bryson will likely be sitting behind a signing table on the first Wednesday in February just as Tenpenny will.

Then there’s Juan Day, who followed in Tenpenny’s footsteps in announcing early his college choice when he pledged to be a Razorback two weeks ago.

But make no mistake, Bolding isn’t complaining about his role in the recruitment of his players.

“We’ve got some good players,” Bolding said. “I get to talk about our program.”

Tenpenny will have an in-home visit from Arkansas coach Bret Bielema this week, and Bolding believes after that visit, his star running back will be able to put the recruiting process to bed.

Until that happens, Bolding has advised Tenpenny to lay low and separate himself from the circus as much as possible.

Just two more weeks until the hype subsides, two more weeks and the players can put the hype behind them, and so can the coach.

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