Bevy of Talent

Although it won't count in the regular season standings, a pre-season scrimmage on Aug. 20 featuring Camden Fairview at Warren will be showing off a bevy of talent - including anywhere from 3 to 6 future Razorbacks.

The best high school football match-up in the state in 2007 might be one that won't even count in the record books.

It's a preseason scrimmage on August 20 when ultra-talented Camden Fairview travels to equally-talented Warren for a little get together that will be about pride.

"That's going to be fun," Camden Fairview quarterback and Arkansas commit Jim Youngblood said. "We go down to their place and they come over to ours, and we throw a lot together during the summer just to stay in shape.

"It's going to be great competition and we are all looking forward to it."

Youngblood (6-3, 217, 4.69) is one of at least three, and possibly as many as six, future Razorbacks who will be on the field that night.

He'll join Camden Fairview running back De'Anthony Curtis (5-11, 211, 4.41) -- who committed to Arkansas over Tennessee and Oklahoma State on Saturday -- and Warren's multi-talented Basmine Jones (6-1, 210) as UA commits who will be on hand.

By that time, the Razorbacks would also love to have Fairview defensive end LaVunce Askew (6-3, 278, 4.8), Lumberjack wideouts Jarious Wright (5-11, 180, 4.4) and Greg Childs (6-5, 195, 4.5) in the fold.

Other Division I prospects include Camden defensive end Brian Christopher (6-4, 240) and Warren wideout Chris Gragg (6-3, 180) -- who could end being a college signee up in either track, basketball or football.

"Both teams have some great players," Jones said earlier this summer. "Everybody will raise their game."

Warren head coach Bo Hembree certainly is a big fan of Curtis, who was tabbed as the top player in the Hawgs Illustrated preseason Top 33.

Curtis, who bench presses 310 pounds, has a vertical jump of 35 inches and averaged over 10 yards a touch last season, just edged Central Arkansas Christian's Joe Adams for the honor.

"He (Curtis) is the best athlete I have seen in a long time," Hembree said. "He is an electric player and the closest thing to Reggie Bush that we have in this state. He can beat you by running the ball, catching and returning kickoffs and punts. He is just really special.

"The thing I think that gives him the edge over Joe Adams -- who is fantastic in his own right -- is that he weighs 210 pounds where as Joe is 180 or so. That will be big on the next level."

Youngblood committed to Arkansas back in the spring, Jones in late June and Curtis this past weekend.

Next up would appear to be Askew, who said Monday that he will announce his decision on July 28.

Most, if not all, of the aforementioned prospects mentioned will be at Arkansas' Seniors Only Camp on Saturday, July 21.

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* Arkansas' basketball staff is currently back out on the road recruiting during this evaluation period and one assistant is out of the country. That would be Razorback assistant Tom Ostrom, who is in Serbia checking out a prospect.

* Verdigris (Okla.) High sharpshooter Rotnei Clarke (6-1, 180) -- who averaged 38 points per game this past season -- will narrow his list down to four or five by the end of July.

Sources indicate that Arkansas is still very much in the running for him and is expected to make the final cut.

Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Kansas, Mermphis, Tulsa, Marquette, Georgia Tech and Arizona State are some of the 20-plus schools that have offered Clarke.

* The UA hoops staff -- currently at several individual position camps the shoe companies are hosting -- will be at several AAU events during the rest of the month. They will get in the Nike Peach Jam in Augusta, S.C. today through Sunday, before a dead period begins on the 16th. They will then be back out on the road for three tournaments in Las Vegas and a pair in Orlando as the month comes to a close.

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