Arkansas is getting its football camp slate going full speed this weekend.
In addition to attending a Sound Mind Sound Body Camp in Atlanta Friday and Saturday, Razorback coaches will also be on hand for the All-Arkansas Camp at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium Sunday at 5 p.m.
They will also have a presence at SMSB “satellite camps” in Houston (June 6-7), Detroit (June 9-10) and Tampa (June 12) as well as one with Florida Atlantic hosting on June 13.
“I think for us here at Arkansas, it's given us a chance to have more exposure," Bielema said back in early May. “…We’re going to go where we need to go. I am truly excited about this.”
Arkansas will also be hosting its own camps with a Junior High Camp on June 8, a Prospect Camp on June 11, a Youth Camp on June 15, a Specialist Camp on June 18 and its three-day High School Camp June 19-21.
The Razorback staff has actually set up ones in Louisiana and at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas before having the rug pulled out from them by opposing forces.
“We were in a partnership with a school in Louisiana to go in and do one in New Orleans, but certain people in Louisiana didn't want to see that happen," Bielema told AL.com while speaking at the L'Arche Football Preview Banquet in Mobile, Ala., last week. "So all of a sudden that was removed.
"We were going to do one in Dallas. The team we were going to do one with in Dallas (Texas A&M-Commerce) was part of a [university] system that had a big brother that eliminated the possibility of that happening.
“For a month and a half, I'd been planning to do it. It was basically eliminated overnight.
"There's all these outlying factors that no one really thought about. I understand it. I don't want anybody [from out of state] doing one in Arkansas."
Bielema noted earlier that his plan had been to partner up with programs that had a different philosophy than his.
“When we partner with these other schools, we really don’t recruit the same kids, offensively,” Bielema told ESPN’s Championship Drive podcast. “They’re going after a spread quarterback and spread wideouts that want to catch the ball 60 times a year and have a quarterback be a second-string running back.
“That’s just not our game. It’s fun to be in our niche, because it’s been able to build something nice for us.”
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The camp at War Memorial Stadium – hosted by Arkansas State and featuring coaches from most of the state’s football-playing schools - will feature the state’s top prospect in Ashdown safety Montaric Brown (6-1, 180).
Also expected to attend are wide receivers Josh Johnson (5-10, 170) of Central Arkansas Christian, Jonathan Adams, Jr. (6-3, 180) of Jonesboro and DeShawn Gulledge (5-10, 165) of Bald Knob.
The top 2017 running backs slated to be there are Hermitage’s Monta Thomas (5-10, 200), Little Rock McClellan’s Pierre Strong (6-1, 185), Nashville’s Darius Hopkins (6-1, 175), North Little Rock’s Alex Day (5-8, 190) and Pulaski Robinson’s Myles Fells (5-11, 185).
England tight end B.J. Thompson (6-7, 200), Fort Smith Northside cornerback Tre Norwood (5-11, 170) and Pulaski Academy safety Hayden Henry (6-2, 205) – brother of former Razorback tight end Hunter Henry – are three other 2017 standouts who have signed up.
Some of the top juniors expected are, the Ashdown combo of cornerback LaDarius Bishop (6-0, 180) and quarterback Jaden Hill (6-2, 185), Fordyce tight end Billy Ferrell (6-4, 300) and Blytheville offensive lineman Larry Clark (6-3, 295), Pulaski Academy quarterback Layne Hatcher (5-11, 175) and Batesville wide receiver Demetrius Holliday.