A Rush To Fayetteville

In his weekly recruiting column Dudley E. Dawson writes about how there are a plethora of prospects planning on taking official visits to Arkansas during the season - something the Razorbacks welcome with open arms. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner.

One of the ways that you know the Arkansas' football program is on the rise is the amount of recruits trying to get to Fayetteville on official visits during the season.

At least 11 players have said they are planning on making their official treks in season – a sea change from previous years and one that is okay with Razorback recruiting coordinator Tim Horton.

"It mainly helps out with kids who are farther away and they've got an open date in conjunction with one of our home games," Horton said. "And really with kids deciding earlier and earlier, we have no problem with it because Razorback Game Day is a great event to take recruits to. It's worked out well for us."

Arkansas already has 18 commitments n its 2012 class with the Thursday addition of Bearden athlete Defonta Lowe and will be very selective with the pledges it adds from this point on.

"We're off to a great start and think we have identified some young men who could add to what we have committed," Horton said. "Of course, you also have to continued to show the love to the ones that have already pledged to sign with you."

Arkansas coaches are currently in an evaluation period and will be back out on the road the next two Friday nights to see prospects.

They will then flood Texas when the Razorbacks head to play Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas on Oct. 1.

"Bascially we have these 42 days to get out and see the kids and really you are working ahead as well, getting to see some of the top juniors also," Horton said. "You want to do your evaluation days wisely."

Arkansas will use its one off-campus availability to host recruits unofficially when the Razorbacks play in Little Rock this weekend.

Among those expected to be on hand are junior running backs Altee Tenpenny of North Little Rock and Tearris Wallace of Bentonville.

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The first official visitor currently scheduled to be in is Apopka (FL) safety Kimlon Dillon (6-1, 190), who has plans to be in Fayetteville next weekend when the Razorbacks play Troy.

Prospects that have said they are coming for the Auburn weekend include Arkansas cornerback commit Ray Buchanan, Jr. (5-11, 170) of Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge, Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley (6-7, 285) and Manvel (Texas) defensive end Taiwan Johnson (6-3, 240).

Also due in that weekend are Plano (Texas) linebacker Bryce Cottrell (6-3, 220), Tallahassee (FL) Lincoln Raphael Andrades (6-0, 190) and Gainesville (FL) cornerback Chris Bivins (5-10, 170).

Arryo Grande (CA) safety/linebacker Seth Jacobs (6-2, 205) – who had 24 tackles in a recent game - and Suwanee (GA) Peachtree safety Alex Gray (6-4, 200) will be in for the South Carolina game on Nov. 4.

The Scottsdale (AZ) Community College duo of tight end Blake Jackson (6-4, 235) and defensive lineman Mike Pennel (6-5, 345) are due in for the Razorbacks' game with Tennessee on Nov. 11.

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