Junior Day

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson writes about Arkansas' early 2013 recruiting and how the Razorbacks are hosting a Junior Day this weekend. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers.

Even before Bobby Petrino and his Arkansas assistants had officially announced their 2012 recruiting class, the Razorbacks were off and running on 2013.

In addition to passing out four in-state scholarships and over 50 overall, Arkansas will be hosting one of its Junior Days this Saturday.

They will have another on March 3 and yet another during spring practice according to Razorback recruiting coordinator Tim Horton.

"We have already offered several and it is another good year (in Arkansas)," Horton said. "I don't know that I would classify it as a great year. We have offered some and we are recruiting some and we are going to have some on campus hopefully over the next few months. There are some good players in Arkansas."

The in-state offers Arkansas has already put on the table include ones to Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry (6-5, 230), the Fayetteville duo of quarterback Austin Allen (6-2, 205) and linebacker Brooks Ellis (6-2, 210) and North Little Rock tailback Altee Tenpenny (5-10, 200), who has already committed to Alabama.

Allen, Ellis, Fayetteville safety Alex Brignoni (6-2, 210) and Morrilton athlete Jamar Criswell (5-9, 160) are among the in-state prospects slated to be on hand for Junior Day this weekend.

The Razorbacks are also bringing in a plethora of out-of-state prospects including several from Memphis and Tulsa – which Petrino says he now includes as part of his state.

"You always wish you had more (Arkansas kids)," Petrino said. "When you look back at the history, it's one of those things that yearly you wonder how many of those players are we going to have here. A year ago, we had seven guys, four from right in this area.

"You have to understand that we considered Memphis this year to be part of the state of Arkansas and we've treated Tulsa that way," Petrino said. "I'm really happy with the way that Tim Horton went in to Memphis and got three very good players out of there and that helps us a lot. We haven't been able to get guys out of Memphis until this year."

What the 2013 class will look like will be refined after spring drills.

"We've already started on next year," Petrino said. "Our coaches have done a good job already getting on the sophomores and juniors. We have ideas on who's leaving and who's graduating. But, then you have to get into spring ball and say okay what really defines your needs for next year."

Due in from the Bluff City this weekend are the Memphis Whitehaven trio of tailback Mark Dodson (5-10, 180), offensive lineman Vincent Hunter (6-4, 315) and wideout Justin Hunt (6-3, 180).

Four Oklahoma athletes are scheduled to attend in Tahlequah Seqoyah quarterback Brayden Scott (6-2, 190) Tulsa East Central cornerbacks Devanta Johnson (6-0, 175) and Stanvon Taylor (5-11, 170) and Tulsa Booker T. Washington safety Dominique Alexander (6-1, 190).

The Razorback staff is also bringing in some Texas prospects in Dallas Jesuit offensive lineman J.J Gustafson (6-4, 250), Plano Prestonwood Christian tight end Christian Morgan (6-4, 244), Manvel wide receiver Austin Bennett (5-10, 160).

They'll also be a Missouri prospect in athlete Chase Abbington (6-4, 210) of St. Peter's Fort Zumwalt South and a pair of Florida ones in Fort Lauderdale American Heritage's Tyler Cogswell (6-5, 215) and Ponte Verde tight end Kyle Chung (6-3, 245).

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