It's clear that Arkansas' football coaches are not letting the negativity of an eight-game losing streak beat them down when it comes to the recruiting trail.
The Razorback coaches – set to go out for 14 straight days recruiting after their season finale at LSU on Friday – are continuing to push for some of the nation's best players whether they are committed to other schools or still uncommitted.
One of those is River Ridge, La., John Curtis middle linebacker Kenny Young (6-2, 225), a four-star prospect and U.S. Army All-American game selection who still has Arkansas as one of the schools on his list despite its struggles as head coach Bret Bielema works to rebuild the program.
"I know Arkansas is having a down year, but they've got a great program and great coaches and it's a school that's in the SEC so you know you are going to play great competition every week," Young said. "I haven't set up my visits yet. I'll do that after our season, but they are definitely one of my schools that are going to be there at the end."
Young, likely to visit Arkansas in January since John Curtis players can't take visits until the season is over, has a plethora of offers with Arkansas, Texas A&M, Florida State, UCLA , LSU, Miami, Florida and Alabama among his suitors.
The one thing that Young – whose team plays Arkansas wide receiver commit Jared Cornelius and Shreveport Evangel in the state semifinals on Friday - is looking at the most is a chance to play early.
"I know that Arkansas needs someone like me to come in and play middle linebacker and that certainly has my attention," Young said. "Their coaches have made it very clear how much they need me and how I could be a major factor for them."
Arkansas wide receivers coach and Louisiana native Michael Smith – who has already landed six pledges from Louisiana among the 17 commitments that Arkansas has in the 2014 class – and linebackers coach Randy Shannon are both working hard on Young.
"Coach Smith is a great guy and a great coach and he is really trying to make Arkansas sound like the place for me," Young said. "I also really like Coach Shannon. He used to be the head coach at Miami and has coached some great linebackers."
Young said that he doesn't like to talk about himself much, but did offer up a few things when pushed about his strengths on the football field.
"I guess I would say that I do a real good job of moving around on the football field and getting to the football and making plays," Young said. "I also really do a good job at run stuffing and am pretty good in coverage. You always can get better."
John Curtis and Evangel Christian met in last year's championship game.
"It's going to be a battle of two of the best teams in the state," Young said. "I'm looking forward to it."
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