Little Rock Central's Kevin Thornton and Antwain Robinson are expected to sign national letters of intent with the Razorbacks on the opening day of the national signing period. Both have a press conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in Central's auditorium.
Thornton, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound safety, is regarded as the state's top defensive player and anchored Central's run to a second straight Class AAAAA state championship this season. He made his decision public Monday night, picking Arkansas over Memphis.
"I liked everything up there," Thornton said. "I wanted to stay at home and Arkansas is just the place to be."
Thornton is ranked the No. 2 prospect, regardless of position, in Arkansas by The Morning News and played in Max Emfinger's All-American game in Shreveport, La., on Jan. 15. He said he was impressed with recently hired defensive coordinator Reggie Herring when he met with him during an official visit this past weekend.
"After talking to coach Herring, I got a pretty good feel of where I will fit into the system," Thornton said. "And with the past success Arkansas has had at safety, I feel like I'm not going to miss a beat."
Robinson, a 6-2, 240-pound defensive end, did not play this season after doctors discovered a bone disorder under his knee cap. He still received early interest from Oklahoma State, Memphis and LSU, but the Razorbacks and Arkansas-Pine Bluff were the only teams to stick with him through the entire process.
Central running back Mickey Dean and receiver Stewart Franks will both sign with Arkansas-Pine Bluff today.
Still In The Hunt
Arkansas also hoping to get commitments from Atlanta (Ga.) Washington offensive tackle Duke Robinson (6-6, 335) and Tulsa Washington running back Felix Jones (6-0, 200).
Robinson, nicknamed "Big Duke," plans to sign with either Arkansas or Oklahoma while Jones is deciding between the Razorbacks and Tennessee.
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