Recruiting Razorback

Camden Fairview quarterback and Arkansas commit Jim Youngblood (6-3, 217) shows why the Razorbacks are so high on him during Houston Nutt's Football Camp and is also doing his best to land some other future UA players.

The way Camden Fairview quarterback Jim Youngblood (6-3, 217) sees it, he and fellow University of Arkansas grid commit Cruz Williams (6-5, 205) of Pulaski Academy are also now a couple of recruiting coordinators.

"Mainly right now I am focusing on the two at my school, the Warren boys and Dennis Johnson," Youngblood said. "Cruz has kind of taken over Central Arkansas with Joe Adams, Zach Stadther and some of the others."

Both are doing what they can to help flesh out the Razorbacks' 2008 recruiting class, which has six commitments already.

But they took time to actually work on their own development this week at the Houston Nutt Football Camp.

Youngblood, who passed for 2,022 yards and 18 TDs and ran for 820 yards and 11 more touchdowns as a junior, liked what he saw out of Williams, who caught 57 passes for 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.

"We played against Cruz in the playoffs, but from that and watching him on film, you just don't get an idea of just how big and fast he is," Youngblood said. "He got out here and was just running by DBs the first night and it was effortless.

"He's got that long stride, gets out there and has real soft hands," Youngblood added. "He is going to be really something special in college and I am glad he is going to be on my team."

Youngblood certainly would love for Camden Fairview running back De'Anthony Curtis and defensive end LaVunce Askew (6-3, 280) to stay his teammates when they head to college.

Curtis has a plethora of offers and he and Youngblood connected on several impressive plays during the camp just as they did last season.

"It's like he can predict my next move and I can predict his," Youngblood said. "It is a special connection. I don't know anybody else that has a relationship like that. It's something special."

Since he can predict Curtis' next moves, it was natural to ask if he thought the running back would join him at Arkansas.

"I believe that everything will work out of us (the Razorbacks) in the end," Youngblood said. "He wants to take his visits and look around and make sure he is making the right decision. In the end, I think it will be Arkansas and I feel pretty good about that."

He is also working on the Warren trio of wideouts Jarious Wright and Greg Childs and linebacker Basmine Jones.

He sees them a lot and there teams sometimes scrimmage against each other – as they will in an August 20th contest at Warren.

"We don't really do a lot of 7-on-7 stuff, but we go over to Warren and work out with some of their guys or they come over to our place," Youngblood said. "I am doing what I can to get them up here."

Youngblood was thrilled to get the chance to work with Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee this week at camp.

"I enjoyed it and I have been looking forward to it for the past few weeks," Youngblood said. "I enjoy being around Coach Lee and Coach Nutt and I got a lot of stuff done on my footwork and a lot of good things on my ball release. I got better over these past couple of days."


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