As one of Scout.com’s national analysts and a guy who sees a lot of Texas high school players in his role covering the Midlands, Greg Powers is in unique position to size up some potential Razorback tailbacks.
One of those is Beaumont Central’s Devwah Whaley (6-0, 210, 4.45), a four-star prospect who is regarded as the nation’s third-best tailback nationally by ESPN and seventh in the country by Scout.com.
Whaley is among three players taking official visits to Arkansas this weekend along with a pair of Razorback commits in fullback Hayden Johnson (6-4, 255) and safety Deon Edwards (6-1, 190).
“Whaley is a great all-around athlete and great on the track and that running ability shows through on tape,” Powers said. “He is skilled enough that he could easily slide to the defensive side and be just as coveted as a
“Does not look like your typical in between the tackles runner, but is not afraid to take it right into the heart of the defense and come out on the other side standing in the end zone.”
Whaley just finished up a season in rushed 242 times 1,389 yards and 22 touchdowns and has carried the ball 416 times for over 2,700 yards.
He has eliminated Oklahoma and Texas A&M and is down to a top three of Arkansas, Georgia (where he has already visited) and Texas, where he is scheduled to visit officially on the Dec. 11-13 weekend.
“Right now, it's Georgia, Arkansas and UT,” Whaley said.
Whaley plans to announce his decision at the Under Armour All-Star game on Jan. 2.
"I'm still wide-open at this point. I took an unofficial [to Arkansas], but I didn't really get to do much or hang with the players. That's what I'm looking for, to get a better feel for everything and to get around the campus.”
Whaley knows that Arkansas is likely to lose both Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins to the NFL draft this season.
"It helps them a lot," Whaley said. "One of my main goals is to come in and play right away.”
He has been paying attention to Arkansas’ four-game winning streak, including last Saturday’s 31-14 beat down of LSU in Baton Rouge.
"That was a good game, a real good game," Whaley said. "They completely took over the whole game from the beginning."
Arkansas recently hosted Ole Miss commit D’Vaughn Pennamon (6-0, 195) on an official visit over the Halloween weekend along with his linebacker teammate Jordan Carmouche (6-2, 230), who committed to the Razorbacks that weekend.
Pennamon – a four-star prospect ranked as the No. 19 tailback in the country by Scout.com - has rushed for 957 yards and has combined for 18 rushing and receiving touchdowns for Manvel (9-2).
“Really excels at reading his blocks and setting up defenses for cut-back runs,” Pennamon said. “Has a long stride and is really moving when he hits top gear.
“He also catches the ball well coming out of the backfield and is a threat in the passing game. What is really eye opening is his near 13 yards per carry through 11 games of his senior year.”
Powers has also had the chance to see Katy three-star prospect Kyle Porter (5-10, 180, 4.49), another Lonestar state standout expected to visit Arkansas in the near future.
Porter, rated 68th nationally at his position by Scout.com, has rushed for 1,051 yards and also has 24 catches for 299 yards this season for Katy (11-0).
“Getting the chance to shine and star in the powerful run-based Katy offense, Porter runs bigger than his size and is shifty with his upper body,” Powers said.
“In space, making it hard for defenders to get a clear crack at him. He has good explosion and feet. His ranking is one that could rise after his team's playoff push.”