Arkansas is set to welcome a pair of official visitors this weekend – one for hoops and one who is a gridiron star.
The Razorback basketball team will have Ohio prep star Jalen Hudson (6-5, 180) of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's coming to Fayetteville Thursday night to check out head coach Mike Anderson's program.
He averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds last season while playing for the same high school that LeBron James attended.
"He is an athletic kid who can make shots," notes Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Snow. "Right now Hudson is very up and down, some days he looks like an All-American and others you wonder what happened to him. Still he has good size, makes shots, and is strong. Add in some high level athleticism and the potential is there."
The Arkansas football team and head coach Bret Bielema has Florida prep linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed (6-3, 215) of Fort Pierce Central expected to be on hand as one of 30 or so visitors.
"The plan right now is for me to leave on Saturday," Rhaheed said. "I want to get up there and check out the atmosphere, especially since it is the first game ever at Arkansas for Coach Bielema."
Rhaheed – a former LSU pledge who committed on March 26 and then de-committed on July 1 – visited Arkansas unofficially in July along with Fort Pierce Central defensive end Rashawn Shaw (6-3, 228).
"We got a chance to see the facilities and visit with the coaches and it really did exceed my expectations," Rhaheed said. "Now I am looking forward to seeing how the campus life is with all the students are back on campus."
Shaw, who had 82 tackles, 26 tackles for lost yardage and 14 sacks last season, is currently committed to Louisville, but considering Arkansas as well.
"We would love to play at the same college," said Rhaheed, who has 21 scholarship offers.
Rhaheed, whose mother will be coming on the visit with him, has a great relationship with former Miami head coach and current Arkansas linebacker coach Randy Shannon.
"He is a great coach and a great guy and really was the first thing that got me interested in Arkansas," Rhaheed said. "I could really see myself playing for him."
It's clear that Arkansas has stressed to him how much he is wanted.
He says that while a commitment to Arkansas this weekend is not out of the question, his current plan is to take official visits to Oregon and Louisville.
"Arkansas has told me that I am their number one linebacker prospect and they have really been coming at me hard lately," Rhaheed said. "That's one of the reasons I wanted to get up there early in the season and take an official."
Rhaheed is currently sitting out with a wrist injury and missed last week's 21-14 preseason scrimmage win over Royal Palm Beach.
The Cobras opened the season Friday night against visiting Westwood.
"I probably going to miss the first three or four games," Rhaheed said. "It's disappointing, but I have to just get ready to play when I can get back out there on the field."
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Visitors expected this weekend:
2014 Arkansas Commitments
• Rafe Peavey, QB, 6-2, 212, Bolivar, Mo.
• Juan Day, TB, 6-1, 210, North Little Rock?
• Jack Kraus, TE, 6-5, 250, Bentonville?
• Cole Hedlund, K, 5-10, 155, Argyle, Texas
2015 Arkansas Commitments
• Ty Storey, QB, 6-3, 222 Charleston??
• Jamario Bell, DE-TE, 6-6, 230, Junction City
Other 2014 Prospects
• Josh Frazier, DT, 6-4, 308, Springdale Har-Ber
• Jake Hall, DE, 6-5, 245, Springdale Har-Ber
• Blake Mack, WR, 6-4, 180, Lonoke
• Drew Smith, WR, 6-2, 210, Russellville
Other 2015 Prospects
• Braxton Bradley, OL, 6-3, 280, Springdale
• K.J. Hill, WR, 6-1, 180, North Little Rock
• C.J. Grady, QB-TE, 6-4, 200, Fayetteville
• Daniel Sprinkle, TE-DE, 6-2, 205, TE, White Hall
• Keaton Sutherland, OL, 6-5, 275, Flower Mound Marcus, Texas
• Matt Womack, OL, 6-7, 330, Hernando, Miss.
Jalen Hudson, Sharieff Rhaheed
Arkansas To Host 2 Official Visitors
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