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Springdale athlete DeAndre Murray is among the host of talented recruits that will be on hand in Fayetteville the next few days as Arkansas hosts both its three-day high school camp starting Sunday and its one-day Elite Camp on Monday.

Arkansas starts its high school football camp on Sunday, but it's Monday when some of the more talented prospects will show up for what is termed the Elite Camp.

One of those recruits is Springdale standout DeAndre Murray (6-1, 175, 4.37), one of the state's fastest most explosive players who is being looked at on both sides of the football.

He's already notched offers from Arkansas State and Tulsa, but is hoping his performance at Arkansas on Monday will net him one from the Razorbacks.

"That would be great," Murray said. "I think they are getting close to offering. The coaches are great. I really love being around them."

After missing his sophomore season, Murray burst on the scene with 1,443 yards rushing – including a school and 7A-West Conference record 367 against Van Buren and 271 against Rogers.

"I am just trying to get stronger and put on some more weight," Murray said. "Just trying to be the best I can for my team this season."

Murray, who is being looked at as a cornerback by Arkansas, is set to go to a plethora of camps this summer in an attempt to add offers to his collection.

"I am going to Oklahoma State, Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Nebraska," Murray said. "At least that's the plan right now. That could change, but I am just trying to get my name out there."

Murray said that Arkansas, Memphis, Tulsa and Illinois State all came by for this team's spring practice.

"I think we had a really good spring practice and I think our offense is going to be very good this season," Murray said. "We actually went to a team camp last week and while our quarterback spot is not really set, those guys are looking good and we are coming together."

Arkansas should have a trio of its four commitments on hand Monday in El Dorado defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson (6-2, 320), Bentonville tight end Jack Kraus (6-5, 230) and North Little Rock tailback Juan Day (6-1, 210).

Bolivar, Mo., quarterback Rafe Peavy (6-2, 215) – the fourth pledge of the 2014 recruiting class – is expected to visit with the Arkansas coaches on Sunday and firm up his commitment.

Peavey got 18 hand-written letters from the Razorback coaching staff last Thursday.

There are at least a trio of other players that have Razorback offers who should be in camp in 2014 tailback Kevin Shorter of Newton, Texas, 2015 tight end Will Gragg of Pine Buff, 2015 defensive end Jamario Bell of Junction City and 2015 offensive lineman Zach Rogers of Hebron, Texas.

Charleston junior quarterback Ty Storey (6-3, 215), who got offers from Alabama and Auburn last week to join previous ones from Arkansas State and Nevada, is expected to get an offer from Arkansas after working out on Monday.

Another 2015 star slated to be on hand is North Little Rock all-purpose back K.J. Hill, who was the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Sophomore Co-Offensive Player of the Year last season along with Storey.

Some of the other top 2014 in-state prospects expected to be on hand are West Memphis defender Jarvis Cooper, North Little Rock cornerback Kavin Alexander and Charging Wildcat offensive lineman Curtis Parker, Springdale Har-Ber offensive lineman Isaac Johnson, Springdale tight end Josiah Wymer of Springdale and wide receiver Blake Mack of Lonoke.

Some more 2014 prospects set to participate are the Warren duo of offensive lineman Jhamahl Bell and wideout Von Eric Gonder, Rogers quarterback Josh Qualls, White Hall tailback Irvin Tisdale and Smackover linebacker Kevonte Lowery.

A couple of out-of-state prospects and teammates that Arkansas is expected to look at closely in camp on Monday are defensive end Breeland Speaks and wide receiver Dayall Harris of Jackson, Miss., Calloway.





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