Plenty Of Life During Dead Period

It may be a dead period for college football recruiting, but there's still plenty of things going on in terms of current Razorbacks and potential future ones in both the Arkansas football aand basketball programs.

While this may be a dead period (June 30-July 13) in terms of college football recruiting, there still has been plenty of life during a time that Arkansas' coaches are getting in some vacation time.

Here are some tidbits of what has been going on in the past week and what's ahead with Razorback football and basketball:

• Arkansas sophomore tight end Hunter Henry (6-6, 251) was named to the Mackey Award Watch List on Tuesday. Henry caught 28 passes for 409 yards and a team-high-tying four touchdowns last season.

• Hawgs Illustrated will be on hand next week for the SEC Football Media Days, which will be in Birmingham from July 14-17.

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema is among those scheduled to address the media on Wednesday, July 16.

He will be at the event along with three Arkansas seniors in defensive end Trey Flowers, offensive lineman Brey Cook and safety Alan Turner.

• Bielema and his coaches will host the summer's last Elite Camp on July 24 and then participate in the George Billingsley Northwest Razorback Club Celebrity Golf Tournament July 25 at the Kingswood/Berksdale courses in Bella Vista.

• Arkansas' fall practice begins on August 4 with the season opener slated at defending SEC champion Auburn on August 30.

• Dumas tight end Will Gragg (6-4, 245), who is currently participating in Nike's prestigious camp called The Opening, released a new top six via twitter last night that included Arkansas.

The list also included Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Texas and newcomer Louisville, which replaced Florida State from Gragg's previous list.

• Gragg is one of 162 players invited and currently competing at the opening with the North Little Rock standouts K.J. Hill and Tyler Phillips both representing Arkansas as well.

Hill has over 20 offers now, but has yet to narrow those down albeit he has plans to do so later this summer. Phillips, who attended Arkansas' three-day high school camp, is hopeful this event jump-starts his recruiting.

• Some others at The Opening that are known to have interest in Arkansas are safety Will Sunderland (6-3, 192) of Midwest City, Okla., wide receiver Deonte Jackson (6-0, 165) of New Orleans Riverdale, cornerback Holton Hill (6-2, 185) of Houston Lamar and 2016 safety prospect Deontay Anderson (6-1, 192) of Manvel, Texas.

• Arkansas defensive end commit Hjalte Froholdt (6-5, 290) of Denmark is now at IMG Academy in Brandenton, Fla., for his senior season.

• Lake Wales, Fla., safety Marcus Walker (6-1, 180), who also attended an Arkansas camp in June, narrowed his list of nearly 30 offers down to three finalists last week.

They are Arkansas, Michigan State and Kentucky, where he was once committed and Walker has said that he plans to make a decision by the end of July.

• Arkansas 2015 quarterback pledge Ty Storey of Charleston and 2015 Razorback tight end commit C.J. O'Grady, are among the standouts scheduled to participate this Friday and Saturday in the Southwest Elite 7 on 7.

Bentonville junior quarterback Kasey Ford is playing baseball this week and will not be at the event.

Some other top in-state talent expected to be on hand are Fort Smith Northside 2016 linebacker Deontre Hardwick, Fayetteville senior safety Dre Greenlaw and Fayetteville transfer linebacker Ian Jackson (6-2, 225).

There are expected to be 17 Arkansas teams involved, 8 Oklahoma ones, two each from Kansas and Illinois and one each Missouri and Indiana.

• Arkansas will no doubt get some good publicity from having both sophomore Bobby Portis and junior Michael Qualls among the 30 college players invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas.

The event begins Wednesday and will feature skill workouts and 5-on-5 games in front of NBA scouts, media and and college coaches.

Arkansas 2016 recruiting target Malik Monk of Bentonville is one of 80 high school players that were invited to the event.

• Monk and power forward Juwan Morgan of Waynesville, Mo., - another Arkansas recruiting target - are among those who will be on hand for the Nike Peach Jam July 16-20 in North Augusta, S.C.

Hawgs Illustrated will have coverage of the event.

• Hawgs Illustrated will also be on hand for the Under Armour Association Tournament in Atlanta – also held July 16-20.

Among those participating in that event are Columbia, Mo., Hickman 6-3 shooting guard Jimmy Whitt, a major Arkansas target who is averaging 16.6 for the KC Run GMC AAU squad so far this spring and summer.

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