HI Recruiting Stock Report

In the first edition of the Hawgs Illustrated Recruiting Stock Report recruiting analyst Greg Powers gives a breakdown on some of the top Razorback recruiting targets.

So far the Arkansas Razorback's 2008 recruiting efforts have been off to a hot start. They have secured commitments from Dee Williams, Matt Hall and Jim Youngblood, and continue to keep the heat turned up on the rest of the top in-state recruits. They have not yet hit their out of state hot spots like Texas and Florida, but that will surely change in the days prior to and shortly after summer camps. Here is look at my favorite recruits who are currently left "on the board."

No. 10- Tyler Barnes (OL, 6-5, 290)

Barnes is a formidable offensive lineman. I like the fact that he plays hard to the whistle and that is what earned him a spot in this edition of the HI Stock Report. I will be watching closely to see if he pulls in an offer around the time of summer camp.


No. 9- Cruz Williams (WR/DB, 6-4, 190)

Cruz is yet another in-state receiver that is blessed with a solid skill set. He is a big receiver who has really thrived in the Pulaski offense the past few seasons. Arkansas could possibly be in control of his recruitment when they extend an offer. Ole Miss and Tulsa have already offered.


No. 8- LaMichael James (RB, 5-9, 180)

There could have been a number of out of state talents that could have went in this slot, but I think it is important to have a lot of attention bestowed upon the glamour positions early on in the process. James is being recruited by a number of top programs, but Arkansas still has a shot to land the Texas speedster.


No. 7- Joseph Adams (WR/DB, 6-1, 175)

There is little doubt that Arkansas is blessed with a wealth of potential top prep stars that will take to the grid iron next fall on Friday nights. Adams is yet another speedster who could make a difference on offense, but has the potential to be a solid defensive back as well.


No. 6- Tyler Wilson (QB, 6-3, 185)

The Razorbacks have already secured a commitment from Jim Youngblood, but Wilson is yet another in-state player that is at the top of the recruiting pecking order. With the possibility looming that Youngblood could eventually become a top MLB draft pick it certainly makes sense that Wilson could see an offer soon.


No. 5- Dennis Johnson (RB, 5-8, 180)

Johnson has caught fire in recruiting as people have started to watch his film. Arkansas stepped up to the plate quickly with an offer, and with the recent success in the running game it would be a challenge for any Arkansas back to not take the Hogs very seriously.


No. 4- Jarious Wright (WR, 5-11, 180)

One of the most dominating performers in the state of Arkansas. He may boast the most impressive offer list as well. Schools like Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Arkansas have already offered. He is the type of player that can score from anywhere on the field.


No. 3- Greg Childs (WR, 6-4, 190)

A major player that moves extremely well for a player that is 6-foot-4. He is a threat vertically in the passing game, with the ability to go up and get the ball and make a big play. He earned All-State and All-Conference honors after hauling in 15 touchdown receptions as a junior in 2006.


No. 2- Lavunce Askew (DL, 6-2, 260)

Askew is one of the State's top players at a position of need. He has the ability to play multiple positions along the defensive line could play inside or out on the next level, although it looks like he will wind up as a defensive tackle. Arkansas seems to be in a good spot to land Askew.


No. 1- De'Anthony Curtis (ATH, 5-9, 180)

Curtis is one of the top offensive threats in the Southwest. He ran the fastest 40-yard dash time (4.41) at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio in January. In addition to an offer from the Hogs he has pulled in offers from Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Ole Miss. It would certainly be nice to see the Camden Fairview Trio playing together on Saturdays.


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