Pushing Forward

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton about the recruits coming for this weekend's Red-White game and the upcoming evaluation period. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers.

Arkansas' football program may not have a permanent leader at the moment, but it does still have a recruiting plan and a staff continuing to implement it right now.

Some 50 prospects in the 2013 class and the majority of the Razorbacks' 2012 signees will be on campus this weekend for Saturday's Red-White game.

They are all coming despite the fact that Arkansas ousted Bobby Petrino and has yet to announce either a permanent or interim coach for the 2012 season.

"I have to tell you that the response that we have gotten from the recruits and the signees has been overwhelming positive," Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton said. "It's been exciting for our staff and we are looking forward to this weekend, the evaluation period we are about to enter and the camps we are going to have this summer."

All of the 2012 signees and 2013 recruits have been contacted since the Petrino saga went down.

"In recruiting these days, there are a lot of ways that you can contact recruits and so we took advantage of that to let every one of those guys know where we are right now," Horton said. "Like I said earlier, the response has been fantastic and I think that is in large part due to the relationships that our assistants have already established with the signees and the recruits."

Arkansas did have its 2013 pledges de-commit, but both have said that the Razorbacks are still firmly in their recruiting mix.

Manvel (Texas) wide receiver Austin Bennett – one of those – is scheduled to be on hand for the Red-White game this weekend.

"Well have a great chance to visit with those guys this weekend," Horton said. "That's a big plus for us that this all went down before the scrimmage."

The Razorbacks will have seven coaches on the road beginning Sunday and will be out for four of the next five weeks.

"We are excited to get out on the road and we have 168 evaluations available," Horton said. "We will hit the road Sunday and be in schools the first thing Monday morning."

Horton does admit that he is happy about one thing when it comes to recruiting.

"I am thankful that national signing date is the first Wednesday in February and not May 15th," Horton said. "Things are going to be very, very active around in December and January in terms of our 2013 recruiting."

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Arkansas' basketball staff has signed four players, including Alexandria (LA) point guard Dee Wagner – who took his official visit this week.

The Razorbacks have also added two transfers in 6-3 former Fayetteville star and Oklahoma State player Fred Gulley and 6-6, 230-pound forward Alandise Harris, the former Little Rock Central star who has announced his intention to transfer from Houston.

They are known to be looking at some four or so "bigs" for filling the one scholarship that is left available.

The latest name to go public is 6-9, 220-pound center Mohammadou Jaiteh, a Nigerian native currently playing in France.

Arkansas is hopeful of having him in for a visit in the very near future.

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