Off And Running

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton about the start to the Razorbacks' 2013 class and new recruiting areas for the coaches. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers.

While Arkansas has just two commits right now in its 2013 class, it's not because there have been others trying to get into the class.

It's the Razorback staff – who have won 21 games in the past two seasons and are finished fifth nationally last season – are just being very selective who they bring on board.

"The thing that is tough in recruiting is that you want your first choice and your seventh choice may want to come (commit)," Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton said. "But you want your first choice. We are just trying to play those cards the right way."

Two of those top choices were on campus this week as Plano (Texas) Prestonwood (Texas) Christian tight end Christian Morgan (6-4, 244) visited on Tuesday and Pulaski Academy's Hunter Henry (6-6, 235) on Wednesday.

Henry is the third-best tight end in the country per, which has Morgan as the 11th-best nationally.

"We are getting a real good reception nationally and the big thing naturally is getting kids on campus," Horton said. "For us, getting a kid from the East Coast or the West Coast to Fayetteville, Arkansas sometimes is more of a summer time deal than a spring deal."

The Razorbacks have already had two Junior Days where they brought in over 50 prospects and will have several recruits visiting as spring practice goes along.

A large number of prospects are expected to attend the Spring game on April 21.

After spring practice ends, the Razorback coaches will then hit the road for four weeks of evaluation of recruits.

"We are excited about our start and things seem to be going very well for us," Horton added. "We believe we have a great staff when it comes to recruiting and that's going to pay off for us."

Horton believes the current make-up of the Arkansas staff gives it the potential to have more success than ever.

"It does," Horton said. "You have got people from all parts of the country instead of it being your contacts generally being from around your home base. We have got contacts in parts of the country where there are really good football players and we have got coaches that are from there."

Arkansas added former Ohio State assistants Paul Hayes (defensive coordinator) and Taver Johnson (linebackers) to the staff and brought Kevin Peoples (defensive line) to the field from his previous post as director of high school relations.

After signing day on 2012, the Razorbacks then reassigned some recruiting territories.

"We have settled that all now," said Horton, who will continue to recruit Arkansas and the Memphis area.

Haynes will handle the Florida Panhandle as well as going in on top national prospects that the Razorbacks target in areas other than assigned ones.

Johnson has been handed Georgia as well as a part of Ohio.

Peoples has been given the state of Alabama as well as the Dallas area.

Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino will now recruit quarterbacks, have a part of Dallas and he will recruit Missouri.

"That's both Kansas City and St. Louis," Horton said.

Secondary coach Bobby Allen is in charge of Northwest Arkansas, East Texas and Northern Louisiana.

Offensive line coach Chris Klenakis will continue to recruit Arizona and the Houston area.

Defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell will recruit the Houston area and South Louisiana.

Kris Cinkovich has added Oklahoma to his Florida area and will continue to spot recruit out West.

"We feel like we have a great staff and a great start," Horton said. "That's what you hope."

Hawgs Daily Top Stories