Recruiting Haul

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson takes a look at who Arkansas has landed in its 2014 class and who it might still add.

With just over a week to go before the 2013 season opens, Arkansas already has 16 pledges in its 2014 recruiting class.

The class is currently ranked 28th in the Scout.com rankings and follows up a solid effort once the new staff arrived late in the 2013 recruiting process.

It's not surprising seeing as how the Razorback coaching staff is loaded with highly-regarded recruiters and have meshed well according to linebackers coach Randy Shannon.

"It is unique in that every coach has touched some part of the major BCS conferences," Shannon said. "You have Coach (Joel) Thomas from the Pac 10, Coach (Jim) Chaney and Coach (Sam) Pittman from the Southeastern Conference, myself in the ACC and the Big 12, Coach (Michael) Smith in the Big 12 and then you have the guys from the Big Ten.

"It has been awesome," Shannon added of the recruiting effort. "It has been unbelievable, it really has. We are a staff that works our butt off. We work hard, but we have fun. We are not a staff that is going to hold its head down and be miserable. We like to be around each other, we like to be around family, we like to be around our head coach and he likes to be around us."

The strength in the class so far appears to be up front on the offensive line with two four-star commits in Jermaine Eluemunor (6-5, 315) of Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna Community College and Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne's Jovan Pruitt (6-6, 295).

The Razorbacks are also recruiting Chanhassen (Minn.) star Frank Ragnow (6-6, 285), St. Louis Christian Brothers' Brian Wallace (6-6, 295), Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian and North Carolina pledge Josh Allen (6-3, 305) and City College of San Francisco's David Hedelin (6-5, 285).

Arkansas has landed its quarterback for the class in Bolivar (Mo.) signal caller Rafe Peavey (6-2, 212).

Other skill commits in the class include North Little Rock tailback Juan Day (6-1, 210) and a trio of Louisiana wide receivers – the Dutchtown duo of Torrance Mosley (5-10, 175) and Corey McBride (6-2, 185) as well as Shreveport Evangel's Jared Corneilus (6-2, 190).

Some other WR targets appear to be Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau and Baylor commit Davion Hall (6-3, 195), Florida State pledge Markell Pack (6-2, 180) of Purvis, Miss., and Palm Beach (Fla.) Gardens' Johnnie Dixon (5-10, 187).

Arkansas is certainly not likely to give up on new Texas commit Kevin Shorter (6-0, 190) and will surely add at least one more running back.

The class has one tight end so far in Bentonville's Jack Kraus (6-5, 250) and at least two other potential targets in Plantation (Fla.) star Ravian Pierce (6-4, 210) and Derby (Kan.) standout DeAndre Goolsby (6-5, 235).

Arkansas also has a commit from one of the nation's best kickers in Cole Hedlund (5-10, 155).

There are seven defensive pledges headed up by the defensive tackle duo of El Dorado's Bijhon Jackson (6-3, 320) and St. Louis Christian Brother's Armon Watts (6-5, 275).

The Razorbacks also appear very interested in Springdale Har-Ber DT Josh Frazier (6-4, 332) and defensive end Jake Hall (6-5, 245), Coppell (Texas) DE Solomon Thomas (6-3, 255), Wisconsin DT commit Craig Evans (6-3, 300) and Cincinnati (Ohio) Winton Woods' DT Daniel Cage (6-2, 295).

There's also Jackson (Miss.) Callaway DT Breeland Speaks (6-3, 270), Covington (La.) DT Garrald McDowell (6-1, 252), Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central DE Rashawn Shaw (6-3, 228), Miami Booker T. Washington DE and Miami commit Demetrius Jackson (6-4, 230), Fort Lauderdale American Heritage DT Edgar Cerenord (6-1, 290) and Delray Beach (Fla.) Village Academy DE Kevin Bronson (6-3, 245).

The Razorback have a pair of outside linebackers in Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel's Dwayne Eugene (6-1, 215) and Douglasville (Ga.) South Paulding's Khalia Hackett (6-3, 200).

Some other LBs Arkansas are apparently recruiting hard are Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central star Sharieff Rhaheed (6-2, 210), wavering TCU commit Jimmie Swain (6-3, 225) Olathe and former Georgia pledge Nick Glass (6-1, 203) of Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge – who could also line up at safety.

The secondary hasn't been neglected with the pledges of a trio of cornerbacks in Grossmount (Calif.) Community College's Kweishi Brown (6-0, 190), Metairie Rummel's Henre' Toliver (6-1, 185) and Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter's Chris Murphy (5-10, 175).

Arkansas has targeted St. Louis University CB Raymond Wingo (6-0, 180), the younger brother of former Razorback tailback Ronnie Wingo, as well as Mississippi Gulf Coast CC's Josh Keys (6-2, 175).

As for safety, the Razorbacks are known to be pursuing Dallas Bishop Dunne's Payton Hendrix (6-3, 190), Palm Beach Garden's Shawn Boone (5-10, 185), Tucker (Ga.) star Dominick Sanders (5-11, 185), Hall and Glass.


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