Recruiting Rev Up

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton about how the Razorbacks will not only start the season next week, but also hit the road for the opening of an important evaluation period. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner.

Arkansas' 2011 football season may begin next Saturday when it hosts Missouri State, but there's another important date a couple of days earlier for the Razorback coaches.

That's September 1, the date that college coaches can once again begin call 2012 prospects (once a week) and hit the road evaluating.

It also opens a very important evaluation period and also marks the first day that 2012 prospects can begin taking official visits according to Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton.

"On September first, we will be out on the road en force," Horton said. "In fact, one of us is going out that Thursday night and then the rest – four or five of us – are going out Friday."

That is the first of three straight Fridays that the Arkansas coaches will be at high school games.

"The first three weeks we are going to have at least five coaches out and then the week we play Texas A&M we are covering to really hit Texas hard," Horton said.

Sept. 1 is also the day that one of the nation's best prospects will actually be coming to Arkansas.

Springfield Hillcrest wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (6-6, 225) and his team will be playing against Rogers Heritage at Razorback Stadium on that Thursday, Sept. 1.

It will also mark a day that Hillcrest head coach John Beckham puts a plan in place to help his star and adoptive son.

"He spent this summer kind of catching up on some things recruiting wise because we were planning on making some trips in the spring and we couldn't do that because of his brother's illness," Coach Beckham said of younger brother Darnell's battle with leukemia.

"But he has finally got to the point where he has kind of narrowed things down to five schools, which we wanted to have him be at by September first when schools can star calling him again," Beckham added. "He's been able to do that and I believe we are on track now."

DGB – as he has become known – will actually get his season underway Saturday night in a 8 p.m. game against Seneca.

That game will be played at Missouri Southern University and televised live by ESPNU.

The Razorbacks are likely to know the decision of Chicago (IL) Simeon quarterback Robert Gregory (6-4, 190) on Sept. 2.

That's when he is schedule to announce between schools such as Arkansas, Iowa and Eastern Michigan.

The Razorbacks are the front-runner of that trio for a young man who passed for over 1,700 yards last season, ran for nearly 1,000 and accounted for a whopping 50 touchdowns.

Gregory is teammates with another Arkansas target – offensive lineman Jordan Diamond (6-6, 290) – and both of them took unofficial visits to Fayetteville in early August.

Simeon opens its 2011 season Friday night with a game at Soldier Field against fellow Illinois power Mount Carmel.

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