Among the many visitors on campus this weekend will be the biggest young man in Arkansas' 2014 basketball recruiting class.
Forrest City's Trey Thompson (6-9, 250) will arrive Friday for his official visit and take in some hoops practice and the Razorbacks' football game with South Carolina.
Thompson, who averaged 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks per game last season for the Mustangs, chose Arkansas over Florida, Memphis, Mississippi State, LSU and Tennessee.
"I'm really looking forward to going up there and playing with the chance to represent my hometown and represent the state in a positive manner," Thompson said back in the summer. "It's always great to play for your home state and I think that was the deciding factor."
Thompson is one of three Razorback 2014 commits along with North Little Rock point guard Anton Beard (6-1, 180 and Arlington (Texas) Martin swingman Nick Babb (6-5, 190).
All three players are ranked as three-star prospects in both the ESPN.com and Scout.com rankings.
ESPN.com analyst Dave Telep sized up the game of Thompson, who was a ninth grader when her became the first player Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson offered after taking the Razorback head coaching job in 2011.
"A true center and big body," Telep said. "His size is legitimate and he's an anchor type recruit in the lane. Knows how to use his body and will position himself to lean on defenders in the post. Strong lower half and posterior leans against opponents and can clear out space. Able to back his man down and get into offense. Solid touch around the rim.
"There's much room for improvement which given his size isn't a bad thing," Telep added. "He could stand to tighten up his body which would increase his activity level and provide more energy. Doesn't run the floor hard yet. Likes to go to a basic and effective hook in the lane over his left shoulder. What is the counter move?
"Strong kid with high-major size," Telep continued. "Projects as a back end Top 100 player with a ceiling to move up should he become more assertive as a rebounder and scorer in the lane."
Scout.com analyst Brian Snow notes that Thompson is a different player than the two 6-10 players Arkansas signed in the 2013 class in Bobby Portis and Moses Kingsley.
He also believes that he will benefit from playing behind those two guys as he redefines his body.
"He is a big space eater down low.," Snow said. "Thompson is very different than the bigs brought in, in the 2013 class. Still he has good hands and a decent scoring touch. Now Thompson is most definitely a work in progress and shouldn't be counted on for big minutes right away. He needs to continue to get in better shape and play tougher, but his size and hands make him at least intriguing going forward."
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Here is the list of the basketball and football recruits scheduled to visit Arkansas this weekend.
• Trey Thompson, C, 6-9, 250, Forrest City
• DeAndre Goolsby, TE, 6-5, 225, Derby, Kan.
2014 Arkansas Commits:
• Dwayne Eugene, LB, 6-2, 215, Metairie, La., Rummel
• Bijhon Jackson, 6-3, 320, El Dorado
• Jack Kraus, TE, 6-5, 250, Bentonville
• Rafe Peavey, QB, 6-2, 212, Bolivar, Mo.
• Henre' Toliver, S, 6-1, 180, Metairie, La., Rummel
• Ty Storey, QB, 6-3, 222, Charleston
• Josh Frazier, DT, 6-4, 310, Springdale Har-Ber
• Jake Hall, DE, 6-4, 245, Springdale Har-Ber
• Khalil Hart, OL, 5-9, 280, Arkadelphia
• Jaylin Johnson, LB, 5-11, 195, Forrest City
• Abu Lamin, DT, 6-4, 300, Fort Scott, Kan., CC (South Carolina commit)
• Garrett Bills, Long Snapper, 6-1, 175, Springfield, Mo, Lighthouse Academy
• Braxton Bradley, OL, 6-2, 290, Springdale
• D.J. Brown, ATH, 5-11, 180, Little Rock Catholic
• Carlos Burton, TB, 5-11, 185, Glen Rose
• Kendrick Edgerson, TB, 6-1, 195, White Hall
• Hjalte Froholdt, DT, 6-4, 285, Denmark
• J.R. Hensley, OL, 6-5, 265, Edmond, Okla., Santa Fe
• Dre Greenlaw, CB-S, 6-0, 190, Fayetteville
• DeVonte Lovett, OL, 6-5, 280, Strong
• Larry Pryor, WR, 6-1, 190, Sulpher Springs, Texas
• Kodi Whitmore, WR, 6-2, 180, DeQueen
• Gary Woods, S, 6-0, 185, Oklahoma City Casady
• Briston Guidry, DT, 6-3, 255, Metairie, La., Rummel
• Justice Hobbs, TB, 5-10, 200, Farmington
• Hayden Henry, TE, Pulaski Academy (Hunter's younger brother)
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