Arkansas could be on the verge of getting one of Kentucky's best and most productive athletes.
Frankfort (KY) Franklin County star Ryan Timmons (5-11, 175, 4.35) – who had 2,651 all-purpose yards as a junior – took an unofficial visit to Fayetteville last Friday.
"It went great," Timmons said. "It surprised me from what I had seen on the internet. I mean surprised in a good way. It was bigger and better. The facilities were great – the best I have seen – and they are building more that will make it even better. Arkansas was just so impressive."
Timmons, who has an Arkansas offer among his total of seven, piled up a whopping 240 points last season while finding the end zone 38 times from his slot back position.
He rushed 62 times for 1,382 yards and 20 touchdowns and also caught 38 passes for 1,100 yards and 18 more scores.
Timmons, a three-star grid prospect according to Scout.com, is also a basketball star and a state 100 and 200-meter dash champion.
In one game last season, Timmons touched the ball 11 times and scored 7 of those.
"I just have the ability to make people miss and then when I get in open space my speed just allows me to run away from everyone," Timmons said of his skills on the gridiron. "I've been blessed, but I work hard."
Arkansas has plans to use Timmons in the same manner that it did Joe Adams, a third-round draft pick of the Carolina Panthers in the 2012 NFL draft.
"I got to see him play three times on television this year and he is a great player," Timmons said. "The fact that they want to use me like they did him is one of the reasons I am really high on the Razorbacks."
Timmons has offers from Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois and Purdue – all schools that he has taken recent unofficial visits to – as well as Toledo, Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky.
He's also been getting increased attention from from Ohio State, where he recently attended camp and could be in line for an offer, along with South Carolina, Louisville, Indiana, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt.
He plans to have a decision made before his season starts.
"This visit with Arkansas really helped me out," Timmons said. "I got to see everything, including the business school. I am planning on majoring in business and that have a great school for that."
Most of the Razorbacks coaches are still on vacation, but Timmons got to meet with Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton.
"It was my first time to meet him, but he was very cool and really made a great impression on me," Timmons said. "I was just really impressed with it all."
Timmons, who was accompanied by his coach on this trip, has plans to come back with his mom and see Arkansas head coach John L. Smith before preseason practice starts for him.
"I really want her to have a chance to see what all Arkansas has to offer," Timmons said. "I also only got a chance to meet four of the coaches and I want to come back and meet them all. I have talked with Coach Smith on the phone and I am really looking forward to talking to him in person."
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