UA Hosting Recruits For UT Game

FAYETTEVILLE --Arkansas can gain a lot more than a win when it steps on the field Saturday night against No. 7 Texas.

That's because the Hogs' coaches are expecting to host some 50 prospects -- including eight Arkansas pledges -- on unofficial visits for the game and a solid showing could help turn a few's attention to the Razorbacks.

Some of the big guns from inside the state who remain uncommitted include Camden Fairview quarterback Rod Coleman (6-foot-1, 170 pounds), Bearden running back Ben Owens Jr. (6-2, 205), Southside receiver Slick Shelley (6-3, 180), Sylvan Hills strong safety/linebacker Hezekiah Smith (6-0, 185), Little Rock McClellan running back Reggie Arnold, Blytheville quarterback Brice Beck (6-2, 225) and Little Rock Central safety Kevin Thornton (6-1, 190).

Fayetteville linebacker Mark Bonner (6-1, 185) and defensive back Eric Industrious (5-9, 160) are the only prospects from Northwest Arkansas expected to attend the game.

From outside the state, the notables are Channelview, Texas, linebacker Marcus Burton (6-0, 235), Auburn, Ala., receiver/defensive back Brandon Carlisle (6-1, 175), Longview, Texas, tight end/safety Gordon Freeman (6-3, 220), New Orleans (La.) Abramson defensive end Alonzo Horton (6-3, 220), Marlin, Texas, defensive back Devon Hughes (5-9, 165), Burnet, Texas, offensive lineman Jacob Thomas (6-4, 265) and Waco, Texas, safety Rashaad Johnson (6-2, 190) and defensive end LeQuantum McDonald (6-3, 220).

Rashaad Johnson is the younger brother of Arkansas quarterback Robert Johnson. Another brother, Waco junior Raynard Johnson, also is expect to attend.

Prospects expected to make unofficials who already have verbally committed to the Razorbacks are Russellville offensive lineman Joey Crossland (6-5, 296), Little Rock Mills receiver/safety Elston Forte (6-1, 175), Wynne defensive tackle Cord Gray (6-2, 270), Allen, Texas, quarterback Casey Dick (6-1, 195) and defensive end Marcus Shavers (6-4, 250), Mesquite, Texas, athlete Reggie Fish II (5-7, 140), Richardson (Texas) Pearce safety Matt Harris (6-1, 175) and offensive lineman Colin Tucker (6-4, 275).

Hawgs Daily Top Stories