On The Road Again

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton about where the Razorbacks will be on the recruiting trail this weekend.

While Arkansas' players may have a free weekend, that is not the same with the coaches.

Instead Razorback head football coach John L. Smith and his assistants will be on the road recruiting.

That might be surprising to some because of the uncertainty surrounding their job statuses at the end of the season.

But Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton doesn't think that should be surprising to anyone.

"We have a very professional staff made up of hard-working guys who care about their players into care about the school," Horton said. "They have done their jobs professionally since day one and will continue to."

Arkansas coaches will be in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Kansas and Alabama and also out in their own home state.

"We will be hitting the high schools and the junior colleges on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before regrouping here on Saturday to continue preparing for Ole Miss," Horton said. "We will see high schools and junior college games and be able to visit with the coaches. That's a very important part of the process.

"It's very important that we get out to see players that we have committed to us now and some that we hope will be committed to us in the future," Horton said.

Arkansas had 17 pledges in its 2013 recruiting class with the Thursday night commitment of Butler County (KS) Community College offensive lineman John McClure (6-4, 310), a junior college All-American and mid-term graduate.

"We have been exceptionally pleased with the young man who are committed to us and have remained solid to us even when we were struggling earlier in the season," Horton said. "That means we have recruited some young man who have great character and whose word means something to them. It's also a testament to our coaching staff and how hard we've worked for us to have this many commitments with all the uncertainty."

That includes four mid-term graduates who will show up in January and thus will be able to go through spring practice with the Razorbacks.

There is still plenty of work to be done in terms of filling some holes, especially seeing as how there is only one offensive lineman committed at this point.

The Razorbacks are on the verge of adding a pledge from Butler (KA) Community College All-American offensive lineman John McClure (6-4, 310).

McClure took an official visit to Arkansas last weekend during the Razorbacks' 49-7 win over Kentucky.

"Our number one priority is to land some offensive linemen," Horton said. "That's going to probably be with both junior college kids and some high school ones.

"We also need to shore up our linebacker situation, to add another running back and a couple of more cornerbacks," Horton added. "But getting some more offensive linemen is the most important thing for this class."

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