Hogs Still Working As Signing Day Nears

FAYETTEVILLE -- For the first time in several days, Arkansas didn't add any recruits to its list of commitments Saturday, but that didn't mean there wasn't plenty of action on the recruiting front.

With just a few days remaining until recruits can sign letters of intent, Arkansas' coaches are putting together a strong final push before a dead period begins Monday and extends past Wednesday, signing day.

Four Arkansas coaches -- Houston Nutt, Gus Malzahn, Alex Wood and Chris Vaughn -- visited Springdale's Damian Williams in his home Saturday morning.

The night before, Florida coaches, including Urban Meyer, visited Williams.

Williams remains committed to Florida but has kept his options open as signing day draws near.

Three of Williams' Springdale teammates -- tight end Ben Cleveland, quarterback Mitch Mustain and wide receiver Andrew Norman -- are committed to the Razorbacks.

On campus, the Razorbacks went through the next-to-last day of hosting recruits as Memphis Raleigh Egypt wide receiver Duke Calhoun joined the group of players taking official visits in Fayetteville.

One of the group, safety Matt Hewitt, looks like he could be among the next additions to Arkansas' class. The Razorbacks were in a position where they could likely take either Mister Alexander or Hewitt. Prior to his visit at Florida State this weekend, Alexander said if the Seminoles offered him, he would accept. It now appears Alexander has that offer.

Another, linebacker/running back Ryan Powers, also will likely commit to the Razorbacks soon.

Powers (6-feet-1, 200 pounds, 4.4. 40) has had an offer from Arkansas on the table since December but has remained under the radar. He would likely play linebacker at Arkansas.

Other players still under consideration for scholarships include Mobile (Ala.) Davidson receiver London Crawford (6-3, 200, 4.5) and athlete Ramon Broadway (5-10, 190, 4.4). Crawford is committed to LSU. Arkansas has also not given up on Haleyville, Ala., offensive lineman Heath Batchelor, although Batchelor remains committed to South Carolina.

Shreveport Evangel safety Dan Kreamer was offered a scholarship by LSU as a junior but a torn anterior cruciate ligament caused many schools to back off of him. Kreamer will likely not receive an immediate scholarship offer but will probably join the Razorbacks as a grayshirt.

Grayshirt players pay their own way to school for a semester until a scholarship is freed up for them.

A pair of players committed to Arkansas took official visits this weekend elsewhere. Trinity Valley Community College defensive tackle Freddie Barnett, the first player to commit to the Razorbacks, took a visit to Washington State over the weekend.

Barnett was reportedly just taking the trip to spend time with his junior college teammate Jason Price, a tight end who signed with the Cougars at mid-term.

Another, offensive lineman Ray Dominguez, took a visit to Florida State for the weekend. It was the third visit in three weeks for the 6-5, 265-pound lineman from Bainbridge, Ga. Dominguez committed to Southern Miss two weeks ago before changing his commitment to the Razorbacks after last weekend's visit.


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