FAYETTEVILLE --Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College wide receiver Cedric Houston lists five schools among his possibilities heading into the final month before the Feb. 1 signing day. Arkansas, though, is still at the top.
Houston (6-1, 201, 4.5) has yet to schedule his official visits, but is considering Alabama-Birmingham, Purdue, Central Florida and South Florida in addition to the Razorbacks.
UCF and USF are both relatively close to home for the Kissimmee, Fla., native, but Houston said location is secondary to the style of offense.
"I just want to go to a team that throws the ball; that passes it and passes it a lot," Houston said. "I just want to go where I can just get in and play."
He'd already said Arkansas was the favorite for his services, but Arkansas' recent hiring of former Springdale coach Gus Malzahn as offensive coordinator helps the Razorbacks' cause.
"That makes me want to lean toward them even more," Houston said after learning of Malzahn's hiring. "When I went there to watch them play South Carolina, they ran the ball quite a bit. Now that they're bringing in that new offensive coordinator, that makes me want to go there even more."
Houston is also focused on making it through his last semester of academic work at Fort Scott.
"I'm just more focused on getting my class work done since football's out of the way," Houston said.
McKinney Heading To Stillwater
Another former commitment has gone by the wayside for the Razorbacks.
Oklahoma City Putnam North offensive lineman told Oklahoma State's Scout.com site that he was changing his commitment to the Big 12 school.
McKinney was one of Arkansas' first verbal commitments.
"Yes, I have committed to Oklahoma State," McKinney told Scout.com's Robert Allen. "I have told the coaches (at OSU, Arkansas and Missouri) that this is it for me. I am as sure as I have been throughout the recruiting that this is the decision best for me."
McKinney is the second commitment to change his mind since the end of the season. Springdale quarterback Mitch Mustain, who committed before the season, decided to reconsider his options following the season, but still lists Arkansas has a possibility.
Hilton Added To All-American Game Lineup
Batesville offensive lineman Drew Hilton was given a late invite to the second High School All-American Bowl Game Classic in Shreveport, La., on Jan. 5.
Hilton, who already has offers from Arkansas State and Central Arkansas, hopes an Arkansas offer is forthcoming.
He has official visits scheduled with Arkansas State (January 6-8) and UCA (January 13-15). Hilton (6-4, 295) said he could visit Fayetteville either January 20-22 or January 27-29.
"I'm still very interested in them although I will admit I wish I already had an offer from the Razorbacks," Hilton said.
Hilton has also drawn interest from Tulsa.
Several Arkansas players were also selected to play in the game, including three from Springdale. Tight end Ben Cleveland, wide receiver Damian Williams and running back Matt Clinkscales will play in the game, as will Shiloh Christian wide receiver Eric Shaffer.
Pocohontas offensive lineman Jim Hart, an Arkansas commitment, was selected for the game but will not be able to play after suffering an ACL injury. Blytheville lineman Kit Coleman was also selected.
Springdale RB Visiting Jonesboro
Clinkscales has started scheduling some official visits going into the final month before signing day.
Like Hilton, Clinkscales (6-2, 210, 4.52) will head straight from Shreveport to Jonesboro to visit Arkansas State. He'll then visit Arkansas on January 27-29.
Arkansas State is the only school to offer Clinkscales so far, but Kansas, Tulsa and UCA have also shown interest in addition to Arkansas.
Although he would like to continue playing tailback in college, he would likely play fullback at Arkansas or most other major programs. He's currently spending time working on his speed.
He will likely hear from quite a few coaches just before and just after the game in Shreveport, as the NCAA recruiting dead period ends Jan. 1.
Greenwood quarterback Daniel Stegall has visited Air Force and has visits planned for Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe and possibly Army in January. Stegall would like to sign with a school that would let him also play baseball.
DUDLEY DAWSON OF HAWGS ILLUSTRATED CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT. FOR MORE ON RECRUITING, VISIT WWW.HAWGSILLUSTRATED.COM
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