Oaklawn may be three hours away from Fayetteville, but University of Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino and his staff are still hoping to hit the daily double this weekend.
That would be landing the College Park (Ga.) Banneker duo of wideout Steven Fowlkes (6-5, 215, 4.57) and defensive tackle Alfred Davis (6-1, 295), who are both on official visits to the UA this weekend.
Fowlkes is a soft verbal to Tennessee right now while Davis comes into the weekend uncommitted.
"I wanted to come to Arkansas and take a look at the facilities and what they have for academics," Fowlkes said. "I also wanted to come up here with one of my good friends. We are talking about staying together and if we both like it, then we are both going to commit."
Davis has family in Arkansas that has been building up the state and the school.
"My aunt looked up the business program and it looks really good," Davis said. "I have family that lives out here (in Arkansas) and they tell me it is a great place to live and the campus is a nice place. I thought I would just take the chance and come experience it myself."
While Davis is set as a defensive lineman, Fowlkes has the versatility to be either a wideout or a rush defensive end.
Fowlkes caught 26 passes with 5 touchdowns this summer and also had 53 tackles, with 30 tackles for lost yardage and 13 sacks.
"Both of them now are talking to me about playing wide receiver," Fowlkes said. "Tennessee is saying now that I would be playing wide receiver and Arkansas says I would get the opportunity as well."
Fowlkes said that Petrino's commitment to throwing the ball is certainly one reason he perked up when he was visited by Arkansas assistant coach Lorenzo Ward.
"I like that a lot and that's one of the reasons I want to take a look at this situation," Fowlkes said. "Coach Ward came to see me and has gotten me interested."
While Oklahoma, Purdue and North Carolina were once pursuing him hard before he committed to Tennessee back in August, it's a two-team horse race right now.
"Mainly I am just looking at these two," Fowlkes said. "We'll see what happens."
Davis had a banner senior season in which he had 55 tackles, including a whopping 24 for lost yardage.
"We had 14 seniors, so it was a senior-led team," Davis said. "For the most part me and Steve had to play both ways to pick up the slack."
Banneker had a successful season.
"We went 7-5 and it was the first winning season since I was in high school," Davis said. "It was also the first time our school had been to the second round of the playoffs in six years."
Davis is anxious to see how this weekend visit to Fayetteville goes.
"I have gotten offered by Kent State, Middle Tennessee State and Georgia Southern," Davis said. "Kent State is big on my list, but now that Arkansas has jumped on I just have to look things over and weigh my options."
Fowlkes, Davis Taking In Arkansas
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