Capsules from UA Grid Class

Here is the newest class of Arkansas football players signed by Houston Nutt on Feb. 4 of 2004.

CLASS OF 2004

Fred Bledsoe
6-4, 280, 4.8
School: Little Rock Central
Position: Defensive line
Date committed: N/A
Recruited by: Danny Nutt
Other schools considered: Tennessee, Oklahoma State
Notable: Recorded 100 tackles this seaosn while leading Central to the Class AAAAA Championship. Named to a handfull of all-American teams and is ranked the No. 1 prospect in the state by The Morning News.
The skinny: Could develop into a big-time defensive end.

Freddie Fairchild
6-3, 195, 4.6
School: Little Rock Central
Position: Defensive line
Date committed: N/A
Recruited by: Danny Nutt
Other schools considered: Arkansas State
Notable: Recorded 161 tackles this season in only his second-season of playing organized football. Ranked the No. 23 prospect in the state by The Morning News.
The skinny: May end up being placed in a junior college or prep school.

Marc Winston
6-7, 235, 4.7
School: Little Rock Parkview
Position: Tight end
Date committed: Feb. 3
Recruited by: Danny Nutt
Other schools considered: Florida, Duke, Stanford
Notable: Father is former Razorback Bill Winston and uncles, Rodney and Dennis, also played for the Razorbacks. Ranked one of the top basketball players in the state this year and the No. 6 football prospect by The Morning News.
The skinny: Excellent athletcism and size should make him one of the Hogs top receiving targets before his days are down in Fayetteville.

Jamaal Anderson
6-5, 211, 4.6
School: Little Rock Parkview
Position: Receiver
Date committed: Jan. 12
Recruited by: Danny Nutt
Other schools considered: Alabama, Colorado, Florida and Ole Miss
Notable: Holds school records for most career touchdowns (13), receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,620). Set school single-game records with 166 yards and three touchdowns against Central as a senior. Also plays basketball and runs track. Ranked No. 23 prospect in Arkansas by The Morning News
The skinny: Needs to improve speed if he wants to play receiver and could end up converting to tight end or defensive end with some added weight

Fred Barnett
6-1, 290, 5.1
School: Texarkana
Position: Noseguard
Date committed: June 9
Recruited by: Bobby Allen
Other schools interested:: LSU, Miami, Texas A&M
Notable: Bench presses 400, squats 550 and has a 26-inch vertical leap.
Nominated to play on all-star team in Down Under Bowl in Australia in June. One of three Arkansans to participate in U.S. Army Junior All-American combine. Ranked No. 7 Arkansan by The Morning News
The skinny: Still has some work to do before qualifying academically and could end up being placed at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.

Anthony Brown
6-5, 215, 4.5
School: Mississippi Delta CC
Position: Receiver
Date committed: Nov. 22
Recruited by: Mike Markuson
Other schools interested: Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss
Notable: Attended Hot Springs High his senior year, but was ruled ineligible to play football because of a transfer rule. Has a 35-inch vertical. Had 20 receptions for more than 40 yards this fall
The skinny: Came up one class short of transferring to UA at mid-term with teammate Skye Peterson, but is retaking the class this semester in order to qualify

Rick Culbert
6-1, 185, 4.3
School: Vidor, Texas
Position: Cornerback
Date committed: June 15
Recruited by: Bobby Allen
Other schools interested: Iowa, LSU, Purdue, TCU
Notable: Played quarterback, receiver, defensive back and returned kicks. Bench presses 25 pounds, squats 350 and has a vertical leap of 36 inches. Ran the fastest 40 yard dash (4.36 seconds) in Houston Nutt1s Seniors Camp in July. Maintains 3.95 GPA and scored 1,100 on SAT.
The skinny: Lock-down cover corner who has already added some pounds since fall. If he continues to add weight and can keep his speed, could be the surprise of the class.

Weston Dacus
6-2, 224, 4.6
School: Searcy
Position: Linebacker
Date committed: July 12
Recruited by: Danny Nutt
Other schools interested: Iowa, LSU, Nebraska Oklahoma
Notable: Rushed for 3,828 yards and 49 touchdowns on 576 career carries in high school career. Would have received more offers if he didn1t commit so early in the process. Ranked No. 8 prospect in Arkansas by The Morning News
The skinny: Was spot played at linebacker at Searcy and may see more time there at Arkansas. Will likely get first action on special teams

Cody Green
6-5, 302, 5.4
School: Cullman, Ala.
Position: Offensive tackle
Date committed: Nov. 17
Recruited by: Mike Markuson
Other schools interested: Alabama, Florida, Southern Miss and UAB
Notable: From same high school which produced Hogs sophomore OT Zac Tubbs. Earned UA scholarship offer shortly after attending camp this summer. Only official visit was to Fayetteville on Oct. 10
The skinny: Described as a solid run blocker who needs to improve pass blocking skills. Could be a redshirt candidate

Marcus Harrison
6-3, 285, 4.9
School: Hargrave Military Academy
Position: Defensive tackle
Date committed: Aug. 25
Recruited by: Danny Nutt
Other schools interested: Oklahoma, Tennessee, Memphis, Arkansas State
Notable: Originally signed with Arkansas in 2003 out of Little Rock Mills and was placed in prep school to improve academics. Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.94 seconds and recorded 30-inch vertical during combine at Hargrave in December
The skinny: Has improved overall speed, but will need to develop consistency to contribute early in his career

Peyton Hillis
6-2, 245, 4.5
School: Conway
Position: Fullback
Date committed: Dec. 13
Recruited by: Danny Nutt
Other schools considered: Oklahoma, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Tennessee
Notable: Canceled official visit to Oklahoma and committed to UA during the same night. Was only prospect to officially visit Dec. 20. Brother, Kyle Hillis, attends UA-Fort Smith and plans to walk-on for the Razorbacks. Received 19 scholarship offers during the process. Ranked the No. 3 prospect in Arkansas by The Morning News
The skinny: Could be the first signee to earn considerable playing time as he appears to be more prepared than most both mentally and physically

Shedrick Johnson
5-11, 170, 4.4
School: Sweeny, Texas
Position: Linebacker
Date committed: Jan. 4
Recruited by: Chris Vaughn
Other schools considered: Houston, Kansas, TCU, Texas A&M
Notable: Also played quarterback in high school, rushing for 1,022 yards this season. One of the fastest defensive backs in this class that chose Arkansas the same day Hogs junior corner Ahmad Carroll declared for the NFL draft
The skinny: Described as lock-down corner who didn1t get many chances in high school as opponent1s didn1t throw his way often

Randy Kelly
6-0, 180, 4.4
School: Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
Position: Safety
Date committed: Jan. 13
Recruited by: James Shibest
Other schools interested: Kansas State, East Carolina, Troy State
Notable: Originally from Brandenton (Fla.) Manatee High. Was third-leading tackler in Kansas Jayhawk Conference with 107 stops in 10 games
The skinny: Mature prospect who has the speed to defend against the pass with a hitter1s mentality that helps against the running game

Cedric Logan
6-0, 170, 4.3
School: Fayetteville
Position: Receiver
Date committed: Aug. 11
Recruited by: Dave Wommack
Other schools interested: Nebraska, Tennessee, Oklahoma State
Notable: First prospect to report a scholarship offer from Arkansas last spring. Also plays basketball and runs track. Ranked No. 2 prospect in Arkansas by The Morning News. Also was the team1s deep snapper and kick returner
The skinny: Big-play ability on both sides of the ball and could end up in the secondary if that1s where he can get on the field the quickest

Jonathan Luigs
6-4, 302, 5.0
School: Pulaski Academy
Position: Center
Date committed: Dec. 5
Recruited by: Danny Nutt
Other schools interested: LSU, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Arkansas State
Notable: Verbally committed on the spot after receiving scholarship offer from Arkansas. Graded out over 90 percent on his blocks in every year since starting at center as a sophomore. Also played on the defensive line. Ranked No. 14 prospect in the state by The Morning News.
The skinny: Expect five years from this mobile, but young offensive lineman. Needs to improve strength.

Ernest Mitchell
6-2, 280, 4.9
School: Newnan, Ga.
Position: Defensive tackle
Date committed: Jan. 27
Recruited by: Tracey Rocker
Other schools interested: Clemson, Florida State
Notable: One of the top defensive tackles in the south who had 146 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks this season. Grew up working on his parent1s cement company and bench presses an unbelievable 425 pounds and squats 540.
What to expect: Brings the attitude and aggressiveness needed to contribute earlier than most coming out of high school.

Marcus Monk
6-6, 210, 4.5
School: East Poinsett County
Position: Wide receiver
Date committed: Oct. 1
Recruited by: Danny Nutt Other schools interested: Boston College, Ole Miss, Stanford
Notable: Will also play basketball at Arkansas and is considered the top hoops prospect in the state this season. Will become first minority valedictorian in EPC history when he graduates with a 3.96 GPA in May. Ranked No. 5 football prospect in the state by The Morning News.
The skinny: Silky-smooth playmaker who could develop into one of the best big targets in the SEC before he1s finished at Arkansas.

Alex Mortensen
6-2, 195, 4.6
School: Fairburn Landmark Christian
Position: Quarterback
Date committed: Sept. 8
Recruited by: Mike Markuson and Roy Wittke
Other schools considered: LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Hawaii
Notable: Son of ESPN1s NFL analyst Chris Mortensen. Participated in Elite 11 Quarterback trials this summer and attended camp at Arkansas. Named a first-team all stater by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and Associated Press after completing 159 of 269 passes for 2,565 yards, 29 touchdowns and only seven interceptions this fall.
The skinny: Likely will redshirt a year while learning the system and seems extra anxious to gain instruction from UA passing game coordinator Roy Wittke.

Jeremy Palmoore
6-6, 315, 5.4
School: Hargrave Military Academy
Position: Offensive lineman
Date committed: Aug. 25
Recruited by: Danny Nutt
Other schools interested: Virginia, Memphis, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Auburn
Notable: Signed with Arkansas in 2003 out of Memphis Hamilton. Ran a disappointing 5.43 seconds in the 40 and had a 22-inch vertical leap at Hargrave combine in December. Previous best in the 40 was a 5.11.
The skinny: It1s completely up to Palmoore how good he turns as he has a tremendous upside with four years of eligibility remaining.

Kyle Payne
6-1, 205, 4.4
School: West Memphis
Position: Fullback
Date committed: Feb. 2
Recruited by: Danny Nutt
Other schools interested: Arkansas State, Memphis, Southwest Missouri State
Notable: Named AAAAA-East Offensive layer of the Year after leading West Memphis to a berth in state title game. Bench presses 26, squats 410 and has a vertical leap of 34.5 inches. Ranked No. 15 prospect in the state by The Morning News.
The skinny: Determined to make a name for himself at Arkansas since he was not highly recruited as expected.

Skye Peterson
6-3, 290, 5.0
School: Mississippi Delta CC
Position: Center
Date committed: Oct. 19
Recruited by: Mike Markuson
Other schools interested: Ole Miss, Mississippi State
Notable: Played high school football at Omaha (Neb.) Millard West before
attending Milford (Conn.) Military Academy for a year ... Peterson signed with Kansas out of Milford, but transferred to Delta CC after just one semester.
The skinny: Enrolled in classes this semester and can work out with the Razorbacks in spring practice after signing during December1s early period. Will have three years to play two seasons.

Matterial Richardson
5-11, 190, 4.5
School: Marlin, Texas
Position: Cornerback
Date committed: Jan. 25
Recruited by: Danny Nutt
Other schools interested: Kansas, TCU, Texas A&M
Notable: Teammates of D1Nerian Wrighter, visited Arkansas on Jan. 16. Helped lead team to berth in state championship game against Atlanta, the team fellow Hogs commit Dallas Washington played for.
The skinny: Has great lateral speed and is physical enough to jam a lot of receivers off their routes before they get started.

Zach Snider
6-3, 220, 4.5
School: Tulsa Union
Position: Linebacker
Date committed: July 14
Recruited by: Dave Wommack
Other schools interested: Oklahoma State, Colorado State, Texas A&M
Notable: Tore the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee during a playoff game, but was still named Tulsa World1s Defensive Player of the Year after recording more than 400 tackles in his career at Union.
The skinny: Excellent tackler in the trenches and in the open field which has most projecting him to play inside linebacker. Minor knee injury should be healed in time to begin practice in the fall.

Michael Tate
6-4, 245, 4.6
School: Tulsa Washington
Position: Defensive end
Date committed: Jan. 18
Recruited by: Dave Wommack
Other schools interested: Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Colorado, Nebraska
Notable: Recorded 153 tackles and 11 sacks this season and was considered the top rush end in Oklahoma. Father Buddy Tate played at Tulsa and was drafted by the Pittsburg Steelers.
The skinny: Dynamite pass rusher who could battle for considerable playing time as a true freshman. Calm, collective off the field, but make quite a bit of noise on it.

Korey Sutton
5-11, 195, 4.4
School: Texarkana, Texas
Position: Tailback
Date committed: Oct. 7
Recruited by: Bobby Allen
Other schools interested: Missouri
Notable: Rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns on 260 carries this season. Also caught 18 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns. Bench presses 300 pounds, squats 350 and scored a 25 on the ACT.
The skinny: Slippery runner who usually makes the first tackler miss. Could work into rotation if he can learn the system as a freshman.

Darius Vinnett
5-9, 170, 4.2
School: West Hills (Calif.) College
Position: Cornerback
Date committed: Jan. 15
Recruited by: Bobby Allen
Other schools interested: Louisville, San Jose State
Notable: Considered one of the fastest cornerback prospects in the junior college ranks after running a 4.26 second, 40-yard dash in a combine. Had 56 tackles, nine pass deflections and one interception this fall. Originally from St. Rose (La.) Destrehan High.
The skinny: May get early playing time as a kick returner and could easily work into UA1s cornerback rotation as well.

Dallas Washington
6-0, 195, 4.4
School: Atlanta, Texas
Position: Athlete
Date committed: Jan. 15
Recruited by: Bobby Allen
Other schools interested: SMU, TCU, Louisiana Tech
Notable: Caught Arkansas coaches attention after beating Marlin, Texas, and Hogs prospects D1Nerian Wrighter and Matterial Richardson in the state championship. Attends same high school which produced current Razorbacks tailback DeCori Birmingham.
The skinny: Excellent cover corner who could contribute right away on special teams.

Desmond Williams
6-0, 205, 4.5
School: Euless (Texas) Trinity
Position: Defensive back
Date committed: Jan. 26
Recruited by: James Shibest
Other schools interested: Arizona, Arizona State, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M
Notable: Had more than 10 tackles with four interceptions as a senior. Bench presses 265 pounds, squats 390 and has a vertical leap of 33 inches.
The skinny: Described as a good hitter who could end up at linebacker or safety at Arkansas.

Woody Wilson
6-0, 180, 4.6
School: Fayetteville
Position: Athlete
Date committed: Aug. 11
Recruited by: Dave Wommack
Other schools interested: Arkansas State, Tulsa
Notable: Named AP first-team all-state quarterback and was voted Most Outstanding Offensive back in the AAAAA-West by league coaches. Also was the team's punter.
The skinny: May possibly end up in the secondary at Arkansas and has plenty of experience at safety.

D'Nerian Wrighter
6-0, 205, 4.5
School: Marlin, Texas
Position: Safety
Date committed: Jan. 25
Recruited by: Chris Vaughn
Other schools interested: Baylor, Florida, Missouri, Texas A&M, Texas Tech
Notable: Had 147 tackles and 11 interceptions for team that finished runner-up in the state. Teammates and roommates with Hogs commit Matterial Richardson.
The skinny: Considered on of the hardest-hitting defensive backs in Texas and has the ability to play both strong and free safety.

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