Arkansas To Host 12 Recruits

FAYETTEVILLE --Arkansas coaches are preparing to host 12 recruits this weekend, the first of two big weekends on campus as the Razorbacks look to add to the 17 verbal commitments they've already secured.

Offensive lineman Chris Hall (Irving, Texas ) was ahead of the pack, as his visit started on Thursday and ends today.

This weekend marks the first weekend that Arkansas will host prospects since the fall semester ended.

TULSA RB KNOWS ARKANSAS
Oklahoma prep running back Felix Jones (Tulsa Booker T. Washington) has narrowed his list of potential schools down to Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

"I've already visited Tennessee and Texas A&M," Jones said. "After my Arkansas visit, I may still visit Oklahoma State --they're still in there. Arkansas had such a young team, which is a good."

Jones will be accompanied by his parents this weekend and hosted by former Washington teammate and current Arkansas redshirt freshman Michael Tate.

"Michael and I are real good friends, we talk on the phone all the time," Jones said.

"He's told me a lot about Arkansas. Now I can see everything first-hand. I'm looking for a school that offers a family atmosphere and a lot of tradition."

Jones (6-foot, 190 pounds) is being recruited by Arkansas assistant coach Bobby Allen.

"We always have a lot of fun and laughs," Jones said. "He came by Monday afternoon for an in-home visit."

Jones was unable to play his junior season due to a broken ankle, but he more than made up for his missed time on the gridiron last fall.

All he did was rush for more than 2,500 yards and scored 48 touchdowns.

Jones could end his recruitment soon.

"I may decide after I take all my visits," Jones said. "I'd like to play early, but if things don't turn out, I'm willing to wait my turn. I plan on weighing all my options though."

HALL A SOFT VERBAL TO OKLAHOMA STATE
Hall is still verbally committed to Oklahoma State, but since the recent departure of former head coach Les Miles to LSU, Hall has decided to re-open his recruitment.

"I'm still committed to Oklahoma State, just checking out all my options," Hall said.

"Coach Miles has told me that I was more than welcome to come to LSU, but he let me know that he wasn't trying to steal me away from Oklahoma State."

Hall is being recruited by Arkansas assistant James Shibest.

"We just got off the phone," Hall said. "I really like Arkansas, the fan support is real wild."

Hall has already officially visited Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. He plans to visit Texas on Sunday,.

"The reason I visited Arkansas on Thursday instead of this weekend is because of my high school football banquet. It's Saturday."

Hall (6-5, 285, 5.1) has plans to make a decision sometime next week.

"I'm really just looking to get on a campus and see which one I feel the most comfortable at," Hall said.

Arkansas is appealing to Hall because of the past success of offensive linemen contributing early.

"I just want to contribute as early as possible," Hall said.

"Coach (Mike) Markuson has a track record of playing guys early. I just want to contribute as early as possible. But if that means playing early, then that's what I'll do. If I have to contribute as a redshirt, then I'll do that, as long as I'm helping the team."

Hall bench presses 300 pounds and squats 420.

For his senior season, Hall recorded 125 pancake blocks.

Hall has spent his entire high school career at offensive tackle, but projects as an offensive guard in college.

"Most of the schools are recruiting me as an offensive guard, which is fine with me," Hall said.

Hall has ties to Arkansas. His older brother Zac has transferred from SMU to Arkansas Tech this semester.

"That would be nice to be that close to my older brother, he was recruited by Arkansas coming out of high school," Hall said.

PROSPECTS ON CAMPUS
Here's a look at the rest of the recruits that have confirmed their plans to officially visit Arkansas this weekend:

• Atlanta, Ga. (B.T. Washington) defensive back Michael Bibbs (6-3, 205, 4.6)

• Dunwoody, Ga. defensive back DeAndre Bryant (6-6, 200)

• Allen, Texas quarterback and Arkansas commitment Casey Dick (6-2, 210, 4.7)

• Vinita, Okla. offensive/defensive lineman Noah Franklin (6-4, 290, 5.1)

• Houston, Texas linebacker and Arkansas commitment Tyrell Graham (6-3, 210, 4.6)

• Irving, Texas offensive tackle Chris Hall (6-5, 285, 5.2).

• Richardson, Texas (J.J. Pearce) safety and Arkansas commitment Matt Harris (6-2, 180, 4.6)

• North Little Rock (Oak Grove) running back and Arkansas commitment Darren McFadden (6-2, 200, 4.3)

• Atlanta, Ga. offensive lineman George"Big Duke"Robinson (6-6, 315, 5.1)

• Allen, Texas defensive end and Arkansas commitment Marcus Shavers (6-4, 260, 4.8)

• Tallahassee, Fla. (Godby) running back Roy Upchurch (6-1, 194, 4.4).

BRETT BRADLEY COVERS RECRUITING FOR THE MORNING NEWS. HIS COLUMN APPEARS ON FRIDAYS.


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