The Warren Trio

It appears that the University of Arkansas grid program could reap some dividends for getting on the Warren trio of Jarious Wright, Greg Childs and Basemine Jones early in the recruiting process.

The Warren Trio sounds like a cool jazz band, but it's actually just more top-notch football talent from one of the state's top prep football powers.

Warren standouts Jarius Wright (5-11, 180, 4.4), Greg Childs (6-4, 195, 4.5) and Basmine Jones (6-1, 210, 4.5) are the latest in a long line of Division I grid prospects that the Class AAA school has produced.

Although many of those Lumberjacks have headed out of state with Tennessee being the chief beneficiary, it appears the University of Arkansas is poised to possibly reap rewards this year.

That's according to Warren head coach Bo Hembree, who recently hosted Razorback head coach Houston Nutt and offensive coordinator David Lee during the spring evaluation period.

The Razorbacks offered Wright and Childs early in their junior seasons and are thought to be close to offering Jones.

"Arkansas coaches have done a great job recruiting these kids and certainly have them very interested," Hembree said. "Coach Nutt and Coach Lee were here and I think they were very impressed with what they saw from all three of them."

All three could very easily play wideout in college, but Jones is also considered a top prospect at outside linebacker.

Wright, who actually spent time at quarterback last season, has offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech – his current top 3 – along with Tennessee, Ole Miss and Minnesota.

He caught 51 passes for 1,086 yards and 15 touchdowns last season before moving to quarterback late in the year.

In addition to being a standout football player, he plays center field for the baseball team and is the starting point guard in basketball.

"He is the best athlete I have ever coached," Hembree said. "He is just an unbelievable athlete with great speed and is so hard to catch."

Wright, who has a 3.0 grade point average and has put down a 10.4 in the 100-meter dash, made his way up to the second of the UA's two Junior Days while Chilids was at both.

Childs, who caught 65 passes for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns, has offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Tulsa.

"He is totally different from Jarious in that he is bigger and is more of a possession receiver," Hembree said. "He is none more for his size and strength than his speed, but he certainly is fast enough."

Jones, while being a star on the offensive side of the ball as well, is likely to find his niche in college on defense according to Hembree.

"I think coaches came in to look at the other two and he caught them off guard," Hembree said. "I think he actually has a chance to be the best of three once he gets to college.

"He is very strong and very aggressive and has a great combination of size and speed," Hembree added. "Arkansas sees him as a guy who could be a great outside linebacker or defensive end for them."

All three will be on hand next week for Tulsa's team camp and then will be some of the top players at the Shootout of the South 7-on-7 Tournament in Little Rock on June 15-16.

The 24-team Shootout will feature squads from several different states with 16 of them being from Arkansas.

Those 16 are host Pulaski Academy, Warren, Central Arkansas Christian, Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Springdale Har-Ber, Bryant, Dumas, Fountain Lake, Harding Academy, Little Rock Parkview, Little Rock McClellan, Hot Springs Lakeside, Pulaski Robinson and Russellville and Magnolia.

The seven out-of-state teams are Texas schools Allen and American Heritage Academy, Shreveport (La.) Captain Shreve, and four Oklahoma schools in Oklahoma City Heritage Hall, Tulsa Lincoln Christian, Tulsa Metro Christian and Miami.

"That's a tournament we really look forward to because of the great competition," Hembree said.

Another date to circle on the calendar regarding Warren is its Aug. 20 exhibition game with Camden Fairview.

That will pit the Warren standouts against Camden's talented trio of quarterback Jim Youngblood (6-3, 212), running back De'Anthony Curtis (5-11, 211) and defensive end LaVunce Askew (6-3, 260).v "That should be something to see," Hembree said. "I think he (Curtis) and Jarious are the two best athletes in the state."


…The University of Arkansas will host the Houston Nutt Football Camps beginning next Sunday with the Senior High Camp, which runs through Wednesday morning.

The junior high camp will then run from Wednesday to Saturday.

The Seniors Only Camp is slated for Saturday, July 21.

…Pulaski Academy, featuring Razorback wideout commit Cruz Williams (6-5, 205) won the championship of the Sonic Air Raid 7-on-7 tournament in Searcy on Saturday.

The Bruins beat Little Rock Christian 26-15 in the final.

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