Big-Time Visitors

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson writes about the five big-time official visitors that Arkansas is expected to have on campus this weekend

As ESPN college football writer Chris Low noted Wednesday at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema needs to land some big-time recruits to compete at the highest level in the SEC.

"You don't catch up to those teams (like Alabama and LSU) by bringing in guys that the teams you are trying to beat on the field are not recruiting," Low said.

There's certainly going to be some high-caliber prospects on the Arkansas campus this weekend as five highly-touted prospects – all four-star prospects - will all be taking official visits to Fayetteville.

That quintet includes a pair of offensive linemen in Brian Wallace (6-6, 300) of St. Louis, Mo., Christian Brothers College High School and Frank Ragnow (6-6, 290) of Chanhassen, Minn.

The other three players expected to take official visits to Arkansas this weekend are safety Steven Parker (6-2, 190) of Jenks, Okla., linebacker Jimmie Swain (6-3, 225) of Olathe, Kan., North and Florida tailback commit Dalvon Cook (5-11, 197) of Miami, Fla., Central.

Wallace, who has already been on an unofficial visit to Arkansas, has been selected to the U.S. Army All American Game on Jan. 4 in San Antonio.

His current list of schools include Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio State.

"A big prospect who has a ton of potential and moves very well for his size," recruiting analyst Greg Powers. "He is tall and long, but has good weight in the lower body and a strong, balanced base. Seems to be a prototype right tackle with potential to be a left tackle."

Ragnow has Arkansas, Florida State, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Miami among the teams he is considering.

"Pretty excited about this first official visit to Arkansas this weekend," Ragnow tweeted earlier this week.

Bielema stopped by Ragnow's high school during the Monday of the Razorbacks' bye week.

"I want to take all five," Ragnow told "I'll for sure take one to Arkansas and Florida State, the rest I haven't figured out yet."

Parker is a prospect that fits the safety mold that Bielema wants to add to his program.

His Jenks team is 8-0 and ranked No. 1 in the state heading into a game at Bixby on Friday.

Parker has offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and others and this will be his first official visit.

"It's definitely tough trying to get this done," Parker said. "Between homework and academics and my senior season, it's not easy. We play on Friday and don't get any byes. So if I do it, I get there Saturday morning and then I'm leaving Sunday morning or afternoon. It's tough to find the time."

Swain is a TCU commit who has acknowledged that he is going to take official visits to Arkansas and Oregon.

"I've been overwhelmed by how – even after I committed to TCU – that Arkansas never let up recruiting and probably came at me harder.

"They have been very clear how much they want me, how much they need me and how much of an impact they think I can have right away on their football program," Swain added.

Cook is a Gators' commit, but has taken trips to Texas and Florida State since then and will now trek to Arkansas.

He has rushed 87 times for 1,087 yards this season with 19 touchdowns.

Brian Wallace

Frank Ragnow

Steven Parker

Jimmie Swain

Dalvon Cook

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