Evaluation Never Ends

In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Razorback recruiting coordinator Tim Horton about 2012 recruiting. He also talks with 2011 late-signee possibility Chris Stringer, who is taking an official visit to Arkansas this weekend. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner.

While Arkansas has already put in nine evaluation days on its 2012 recruiting class, it turns the 2011 class may not be put to bed after all.

The Razorbacks will host a pair of West Coast junior college prospects in the next couple of weeks – per the prospects themselves - while looking to see if they want to shore up some spots.

Glendora (CA) Citrus Community College offensive lineman Chris Stringer (6-7, 305) – who manned a line last season with current Razorback Jason Peacock – is due in to Fayetteville this weekend.

Next weekend will see Snow (UT) Community College linebacker Robert Atiga (6-3, 240) taking his official visit.

"We have had nine great days out on the road recruiting on the upcoming class," Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton said Thursday. "Last week we were hitting the junior colleges pretty hard because their semesters are about over.

"This week we've been in the high schools and hit Memphis hard because they are going through spring practice," Horton said. "It's been a really good start for us and we are just continuing to work hard and get as much information as we can."

The Razorbacks are currently in the second of four weeks of the spring evaluation period.

That apparently also includes checking on the aforementioned 2011 juco prospects that just got their eligibility to move on to four-year colleges.

Stringer has already taken an official visit to Arizona and an unofficial one to UCLA for its spring game.

He will visit Arkansas this weekend and maybe take in a trip to Oklahoma in the future.

"As I am sure you know, I have a former teammate out there and he loves it and says everything is just first class," Stringer said Thursday night. "I know they have a great program and I am anxious to see it…I get there on Friday and fly out on Saturday."

Stringer has offers from Arkansas, Arizona, UCLA, Wisconsin, South Florida, Kansas State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Idaho and UTEP.

"I just kind of waiting to see who else jumps in, but the process is starting to wind down at the same time," Stringer said.

Several of those came after the NCAA ruled in his favor.

"Each school that is interested in me had to file the waiver and they went through so now I have the opportunity to be somewhere later this summer," Stringer said. "Basically I grayshirted in 2009 and then played last season so I will have four years to play three.

"I went through two full-time semesters, but will have my AA degree finished in June," Stringer said. "The waiver came in because the NCAA says you have to go three semesters, but they ruled I could go on because I will graduated."

During that time Stringer has grown from a 225-pound tight end to a 305-pound offensive lineman.

"It's been pretty wild how it has all played out," Stringer said. "I am just very happy I have this opportunity and want to make the right choice. I will do that by the second week or so of June."

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Atiga has already visited Utah, Washington and Oregon State, where his uncle Johnny Nansen coaches and is his acknowledged leader entering the Arkansas visit.

He had 60 tackles last season and five sacks from his weakside linebacking spot, which is where all his colleges see him.

Atiga will have three years to play three and plans to commit to one of those four aforementioned schools right after his Arkansas visit.

"Right now I have three great schools to choose from and Arkansas could end up being better than all of them, but I need to get out there and see if for myself before I can make that decision," Atiga told Scout.com.

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