Talented Visitors

Former Razorback and current Atlanta Hawks' star Joe Johnson will join Sonny Weems, Willie Kemp, Mitch Mustain, Andrew Norman and Myron McKinney as just some of nearly 50 football and basketball standouts who will be in Fayetteville this weekend

There will be three very good basketball players not currently on the University of Arkansas basketball team in Bud Walton Arena Saturday at noon.

One of them had a short but storied career as a Razorback and the other two the UA coaches hope will follow in his footsteps.

Former Razorback star and current Atlanta Hawk Joe Johnson will be in Fayetteville on Saturday at the same time as Bolivar (Tenn.) Central point guard Willie Kemp (6-3, 180) and UA-Fort Smith small forward Sonny Weems (6-6, 200), who are on their official visits this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to getting up there again," Kemp said. "I've always enjoyed myself the other (three) times I have been up there and it will be fun to get a good look at things again."

Weems and Kemp actually visited Tennessee at the same time last week and both have two visits planned after the trip to Fayetteville with Weems going to Baylor (Sept. 16-18) and then Oklahoma State (Sept. 23-25) and Kemp visiting both Kentucky and Memphis before making a decision.

While Kemp is down to those final four schools, Weems - the nation's third-best junior college player according to one recruiting service - is also still considering Memphis and Oklahoma , where he has already taken unofficial visits.

"I've pretty much seen everything at Arkansas, but I am looking forward to getting up there on Friday and seeing it all again," Weems said. "I'll take these visits and then try to make a decision."

Weems, who averaged 17 points and 5 rebounds last season, said his visit to Tennessee went well as he took in their open gym and a football game.

"I liked it," Weems said. "We watched them play and then went through the Vol walk and took in the game, but left about halftime."

He was able to assess the talent level at Tennessee.

"I'd say right now they are not very good compared to the other schools I am looking at," Weems said. "But I think they have some guys coming in and are recruiting will change that before too long."

First-year Tennessee assistant coach Scott Edgar - a former UA assistant - has been recruiting Weems since the player was starring for West Memphis in high school.

"I like Coach Edgar and he has been recruiting me since he was at UAB," Weems said. "That's one thing Tennessee has in its favor. Of course I like all the coaches that are recruiting me."

Kemp had a list of six, but decided to eliminate Florida and Illinois because of the distance from his home, where his mom is ill and waiting on a kidney transplant.

While Memphis is about 45 minutes away, the others are 5-to-6 hours away from Kemp, who averaged 20 points and 6 assists last season.

"I just want to stay somewhere close to home that I could get back without too much effort," Kemp said. "The four I have left would allow me to do that and that's why I am taking the visits to those schools."

Both players say they will take all their visits before announcing a decision.

"I think that is the best way to do it," Kemp said. "I have seen a lot of these places a lot and just want to take one last good look at their academics and everything involved. I can't make a bad choice with any of these four."

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There are some 41 high school and junior college football prospects - all on unofficial visits - scheduled to be in Fayetteville on Saturday for the Arkansas-Vanderbilt game.

Those include three UA commits - the Springdale duo of Mitch Mustain (6-3, 200) and wideout Andrew Norman (6-2, 190) and Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam North offensive lineman Myron McKinney (6-4, 300).

Other standouts expected to be there are Florida commit Damian Williams (6-1, 180) of Springdale along with three more of his teammates in fullback Matt Clinkscales (6-1, 205), cornerback Russ Greenlee (5-10, 182) and linebacker Aaron Finch (6-1, 245) as well as Texas prep lineman Robert Westbrook (6-5, 300) of Gainesville.


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