Quarterbacks Of Future?

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson writes about how plenty of talented quarterbacks - some already signed and some Arkansas would like to - will be on hand today at Houston Nutt's Football Camp.

Could the future quarterback of the University of Arkansas be on campus on Tuesday?

I would say there's a real good chance.

That's because redshirt sophomore Robert Johnson, this year's likely starter, is here this week and incoming freshman Casey Dick has also been around this week. Those two will battle with Alex Mortensen and Cole Barthel for the starting QB time.

Oh, and then Springdale senior Mitch Mustain, Texarkana (Texas) junior Ryan Mallett and Allen (Texas) High junior Nathan Dick, Casey's brother, will also be in Fayetteville on Tuesday.

Mallett and Dick, two of the best signal callers in Texas' 2007 class, are here this week for Houston Nutt's football camp and Mustain - the state's best in the 2006 class who went to Texas over the weekend - is slated to be in camp today along with Springdale teammates Bartley Webb, Andrew Norman, Ben Cleveland and Damian Williams.

For coaches and recruiting writers such as myself, it's a wonderful opportunity to see them all up close and personal and think about what could be down the line.

Arkansas, Michigan, Texas and many others have contacted the trio of young quarterbacks.

One thing you can all but forget about is seeing Mustain and Mallett on the same team in college. If Mustain ends up committing to Arkansas, Mallett is expected to look elsewhere and he has hinted as much.

"I will look at the depth chart at any of the schools I am recruited by and look for the best possible situation for myself," Mallett said. "That's just the smart thing to do."

Unlike Mallett, Mustain has moved his process forward and may be nearer to ending it than previously thought according to his mother Beck Campbell.

"I'd say we are moving toward that," Campbell said.

Nutt's camp, the senior high portion which runs through Wednesday morning, is not only a great thing to see the QBs, but also for prospects to get noticed by the staff.

"It really gives us a great chance to see them in person, see how they move, see how big they really are instead of on film and see if they have the opportunity to help us," Nutt said. "Some that we already know that about get a chance to see the campus and see all we have to offer."

Some other impressive performers in the first couple of days of camp have been North Little Rock linebacker Van Stumon, Texas City (Texas) High wideout Julius Walker, Batesville offensive lineman Drew Hilton, Warren tight end/linebacker A.J. Avery, Magnolia tight end Trentice Weatherspoon, El Dorado wideout Willie Landers and Jonesboro junior tight end Grant Cook.

Perhaps the highest rated defensive performer on hand this week is Atlanta (Ga.) Booker T. Washington safety Reshad Jones, who has some 30 offers already sent to him.

Jones, a 6-2, 180-pound hitter with 4.52 speed, is getting his first look at Arkansas this week and the Razorbacks hope he will follow former teammate Michael Bibbs to Fayetteville.

"They have great facilities and a great coaching staff," Jones said. "I didn't know exactly what to expect, but I can say there is a lot more to it than I would have guessed. They are definitely a school I am going to really look at. This is really nice."

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