Nutt Makes Impression on Recruits

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Houston Nutt could use another speedy wide receiver, as well as a cornerback capable of one-on-one coverage. Nutt wouldn't mind a few more offensive linemen and an accurate kicker like Springdale High School's Alex Tejeda, either.



Nutt and his coaching staff got a closer look at some of the recruits who could fill needs for the Razorbacks when around 300 incoming high school seniors participated in the University of Arkansas Seniors Camp that wrapped up Saturday morning.

"It was a very good turnout. It gets bigger each year," Nutt said. "(The camp had) maybe the most quality athletes we've had since we've been here."

Two offensive linemen who participated, Grant Cook of Jonesboro and Wade Grayson of Harrison, have already committed to the Razorbacks.

But there were pl enty of other recruits in attendance who are still undecided on their college plans. That gave Nutt and his coaching staff another opportunity to make a good impression on them.

Wide receiver Cameron Baker, an Osceola native whose older brother, Chris, plays the same position for the Razorbacks, impressed coaches by running the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds. It was the fastest time among those seniors who participated in the camp.

But in order to get Baker, Arkansas must beat out five other schools who have also offered him a scholarship, including Georgia Tech, Memphis, Tennessee and Duke.

Broderick Green, the highly sought-after running back from Little Rock, also attended the camp held on Arkansas' campus. He committed to the University of Southern California in late March, though Arkansas and other schools are trying to convince him to change his mind.

Meanwhile, Lee Ziemba, the 6-foot-7, 295-pound offensive lineman from Rogers who is regarded as the top recruit in the state this year, visited the camp Friday night, though he didn't participate in it.

Nutt couldn't offer any of the seniors scholarships during the camp, but he acknowledged that there were several in attendance who he planned to extend offers to in the near future.

After the camp ended Saturday morning, Nutt and several Arkansas coaches watched as Tejeda attempted field goals from 30 to 45 yards out on one of the team's outdoor practice fields.

Tejeda, who is still recovering from an injury suffered while playing soccer, said he was pleased for the most part with his kicking.

"There was a few (attempts) where I wish I would have done better, but Coach Nutt coming over here and watching me kick, that made me feel better," Tejeda said. "I felt calmer when he was here."

Arkansas doesn't typically offer kickers scholarships, but Tejeda has made such an impression on the coaching staff that he received an offer in mid-May. It just happened to come on the same day that Tejeda received an offer in the mail from LSU.

Tejeda said he will wait until two-a-day practices start in early August before he makes a decision which school to commit.

But the fact that the Razorbacks enter the season without a proven kicker could bolster their chances of landing Tejeda, who has also received interest from Nebraska and Oklahoma State.

"I mean, it helps, especially (Arkansas' coaches) telling me that they need me. They haven't had a (reliable) kicker in a long time," Tejeda said. "I think I can help them out a lot. I think I have the talent. I think I have the abilities. I'm confident."

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