Arkansas Welcomes In A Gridiron Trio
Arkansas’ football coaches hit the recruiting road with a fervor on Thursday as the dead period ended and now will welcome in at least a trio of recruits to Fayetteville this weekend.
Houston, Texas, Westfield offensive lineman Toby Weathersby (6-5, 280) - the highest-ranked recruit per Scout.com left on the Razorback recruiting board - heads up the list.
Weathersby will arrive on Friday as well as Houston Cypress Falls cornerback/safety Nate Dalton (6-3, 195) to join Miami, Fla., Norland linebacker Rayshad Jackson (6-1, 205), who was scheduled to arrive Thursday night.
Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman was in Houston on Thursday to visit with Weathersby and Westfield interim head coach Matt Meekins, who has taken over recently for his dad Corby - now a University of Houston assistant.
“I know Toby is really looking forward to getting to Arkansas and is just in love with (Razorback) offensive line Coach (Sam) Pittman,” Westfield interim head coach Matt Meekins said. “I got a chance to sit down and talk with Coach Pittman while we were waiting on Toby today and I could have talked to him for eight hours if he would have let me.
“I absolutely loved visiting with him and learning from him in the time I did get to visit with him,” Meekins added. “His success speaks for itself.”
Weathersby is slated as the 117th-best player nationally and the 10th-ranked tackle in the country.
“He’s been great for us for three years and started for us on the varsity from his first game as a sophomore,” Meekins said. “He has been a great player from that first start and he is going to be a great player in college.”
?Weathersby is also scheduled to take a visit to LSU on Jan. 23-25 and has talked about one to Ole Miss on Jan. 30-Feb. 2.
“His plan right now is to take the visit to Arkansas and the visit to LSU, but I don’t know about that last visit,” Meekins said. “We’ll see what happens there at Arkansas this weekend.”
Dalton is a 3-star prospect and considered a college defensive back prospect who had four interceptions this season, but spent most of his time playing quarterback.
He has his list down to Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Michigan, Army and Liberty.
“He’s the most athletic corner I’ve coached, by far,” noted Cypress Fallas head coach Kirk Eaton, “and I’ve coached several guys that have made it to the NFL.”
Dalton got a visit from Arkansas secondary coach and former TCU assistant Clay Jennings on Thursday.
“(Jennings) is a really great guy,” Dalton said. “He is everything they say he is. I can tell he builds great relationships with players and helps them get to the next level.”
Dalton has already visited Kentucky and Oklahoma and is excited about getting to Fayetteville.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the locker room and seeing how people are in Fayetteville,” Dalton said. “I want to see if it’s the right fit for me for the next four years.”
Jackson was the first to arrive and he is down to Arkansas and Florida, where he will visit next weekend.
He has made it clear that linebacker Randy Shannon moving to Florida from Arkansas has him leaning toward the Gators.
"This is a huge offer for me, especially coming from the coach that I know so well," Jackson said. "There is a lot to like about the Gators and I'm taking a visit on the 23rd of this month.”
He’ll also has a visit scheduled to Florida International the last week of January, but it clear Florida leads.
"There's a 80 percent chance (I commit while visiting)," Jackson said. "I just got to have time to think.”
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…Arkansas coaches were in California, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Louisiana and Florida on Thursday as well as their home state.
…Razorback head coach Bret Bielema visited U.S. Army All-American punter and Arkansas pledge Blake Johnson on Thursday.
…Assistants Barry Lunney, Jr., and Michael Smith were in North Little Rock to see wide receiver and Arkansas soft K.J. Hill, who will visit Alabama this weekend and come to Fayetteville the following weekend.
…Lunney is set to visit Hope to see Arkansas junior defensive end target McTelvin Agim on Friday and also Pulaski Robinson athlete T.J. Hammonds.
…Michael Smith visited with River Ridge, La., John Curtis safety Hunter Dale while running backs coach dropped in on Dallas Hillcrest athlete Arico Evans.
…Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith was in Florida Thursday to visit with Razorback linebacker pledge Derrick Graham.
…Jennings stopped in on Miami, Fla., American defensive back and Kentucky pledge Jeremiah Dinson and Miami Norland cornerback and Ohio State commit Carlton Davis.
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