Hunter Davenport, a Class of 2017 linebacker from Lamar (Ark.) High, was in Fayetteville Saturday for the first time as a recruit, with the opportunity to meet the coaching staff and gain their recognition as one of the top rising-juniors in the state.
“I’ve been up to Fayetteville because I live about an hour away,” Davenport said. “I’m looking forward to meeting the coaches and meeting new people.”
As a linebacker, Davenport was particularly excited about meeting defensive coordinator Robb Smith and the rest of the defensive staff.
The fact that Arkansas’ defense ranked 10th in the country in total defense last season, allowing only 323.4 yards per game, really intrigues Davenport.
“They were unbelievable,” Davenport said. “It was awesome to watch. That was the only reason why I watched them.”
Davenport’s favorite player on last season’s team was Martrell Spaight, who earned first-team All-SEC honors after leading the conference with 128 tackles.
“Hopefully I can be the next Martrell Spaight, honestly,” Davenport said.
On top of meeting the coaches, Davenport said he was looking forward to working out in the “super nice” facilities the Razorbacks have.
While he hasn’t gotten any offers yet, the Arkansas camp was one of three Davenport is planning to attend this summer. He’ll also go to ones at UCA and Oklahoma.
Duke, Mississippi State and Tennessee have invited him to camps, as well.
However, Davenport said he realizes that before he can pick up scholarship offers from those schools and have a chance to be the “next Martrell Spaight,” he needs to improve a few areas of his game.
“(I’m working on) my 40 time, getting a lot quicker and my first step,” Davenport said.
He currently runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds, but he hopes to eventually shave two-tenths of a second off of that and run it in 4.7 seconds.