Among the four prospects that took in Arkansas' Saturday morning scrimmage was a former big-time hockey player that has turned into a big-time football prospect
Argyle standout Trey Keenan (6-5, 270, 4.8), drafted by the World Hockey League at age 15, is currently sporting 16 offers - including one from Arkansas.
"I have 16 offers right now," Keenan said. "We went to Baylor last weekend and Texas Tech the weekend before. We are visiting Arkansas this (past) weekend and we are going up to Oklahoma State next weekend. We are just trying to get around and see everybody and start narrowing things down."
Kennan, who was a force as a junior while delivering 62 pancake blocks and grading out at 92 percent, did indeed take in the Arkansas' scrimmage on April 9.
He liked what he saw from the program and Razorback offensive line coach Chris Klenakis.
"The facilities are tremendous," Kennan said. "Coach K was great in his position meetings and it was great to see what he does as he prepares his guys to play. It really gave me some great insight. I am just really happy to have the chance to be around him."
Kennan noted he lives in a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth area that has its fair share of Arkansas fans.
"We have actually come up here on vacation a few times and I have always watched them on TV because a lot of the alumni are from the DFW area," Kennan said. "A lot of kids from my high school have gone here and they and their parents all let me know how great it is."
Kennan used to be a standout hockey player and played for Team USA and toured Europe with that squad when he was 12, 13 and 14.
He was actually drafted by the Seattle Thunderbirds of the World Hockey League – a junior professional league that prepares participants for the NHL.
"I was a really good hockey player, but I just couldn't turn professional at 15," Kennan said. "I wasn't ready for that and football is the way I want to go."
Kennan – who will protect TCU quarterback commit Austin Aune again this season - also has offers from Mississippi State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Kansas, Kansas State, Arizona, Purdue, Minnesota and Colorado.
He would like to make his decision sooner or later, but wants to make sure it's the right one before making a pledge.
"I would like to get it done this summer," Kennan said. "That is the plan, but in all honesty it could come today or I could do one of those things where I put the hats on the table on signing day."
Kennan, whose teams have gone 25-2 the last two seasons, plans to narrow things down at the end of April and go from there.
"We are pretty open right now, but we are going to narrow it down in the next month," Kennan said. "You don't know who is going to stop by and offer this month so we want to see."
The other 2012 recruits on hand for the April 9th scrimmage were Arkansas offensive line commit Jeremy Ward (6-4, 280) of Pottsville and Louisville (MS) quarterback Tyler Sullivan (6-3, 235).
There was also 2011 prospect Justin Oates (6-4, 253), a defensive end from New Market (AL) Buckhorn who will walk on with the Razorbacks this fall.
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