Arkansas Prepares To Get Grid Camps Underway

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with E.K. Franks, Arkansas Director of On-Campus recruiting, about the plethora of camps the Razorbacks will have this summer and how they are important to both the prospects and coaches. This story is free and courtesy of the NWA Chevy Dealers. Click the banner to learn more.

After nearly a month of being on the recruiting trail, Arkansas’ football program will get its plethora of camps underway with a one-day event this Saturday.

It’s a big time for both the athletes and the coaches according to E.K. Franks, Arkansas Director of On-Campus Recruiting.

“For us, it’s two-fold,” Franks said. “You want the main kids on campus because we know if we get them up here and they see the support of the community and everything we have, we feel like we have a 90 percent chance to get them.

“Then the other kids, the ones that you are right there on the borderline with offering, you want to get them up here and see how they move around so a coach can make a decision on him.”

Arkansas will have one-day camps on June 6 and June 20, a junior high camp on June 11, a specialist camp on June 13, a three-day high school camp on June 14-16 and a youth camp on June 18.

“We look at this as not just something that helps us in recruiting although we do acknowledge that is part of it.

“But we also want to help this young guys get some great coaching, learn about the proper technique, develop and also get a chance to just be excited about what Razorback football is about.

“We’re very excited about where our program is headed and we want to pass that along to the kids and get them and their parents and their coaches as excited as we are about what is happening up here.”

Franks is happy with the reception that Razorback coaches got on the recruiting trail this spring.

“We have a great group of coaches, we used all 168 days and worked our way around the country and hit our focus points in a great manner.

“The weather was kind of crazy with Dallas and Houston they way they were and we had to reschedule a lot of things, but we made it work.

“We would grab one guy and get him over to another place if the weather kept him from getting into one place. It’s been awesome.”

Arkansas currently has six pledges in its 2015 class with three commits from in-state prospects and another three from the state of Louisiana.

Those three in-state pledges are Smackover wide receiver Jordan Jones (6-1, 180, 4.3), Star City defensive tackle Austin Capps (6-4, 305) and Pulaski Robinson athlete T.J. Hammonds (5-11, 190, 4.4).

The Louisiana Razorback pledges are Lafayette Teurlings Catholic quarterback Cole Kelly (6-7, 240), Metairie Archbishop Rummel defensive lineman Briston Guidry (6-3, 285) and Marrero John Ehret linebacker De’Jon Harris (6-1, 230).

“We are doing the same thing with this recruiting class that we have tried to do with the others and that is get kids that fit in our program both on and off field.

“We use the phrase Uncomman Men a lot, but it is something that we truly believe in and it kind of sets a benchmark for what kind of young men we want in our program.

“We are going to invest everything we have in you and we want that in return. I think that is exactly what is happening on almost all occasions here.”

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