Arkansas Grid Class Bios

Here's a list of Arkansas' 2008 recruiting class along with bios of the Hogs' newest football players.

Arkansas Class of 2008

Ryan Mallett, QB, SO, 6-6, 247, Texarkana, Texas (Texas HS / Michigan)
De'Anthony Curtis, RB, FR, 5-10, 211, Camden, Ark. (Fairview HS)
Joe Adams, WR, FR, 6-0, 175, Little Rock, Ark. (Central Arkansas Christian)
Lavunce Askew, DL, FR, 6-3, 288, Camden, Ark. (Fairview HS)
Tyler Wilson, QB, FR, 6-3, 186, Greenwood, Ark. (Greenwood)
Jim Youngblood, QB, 6-2, 217, Camden, Ark. (Fairview HS)
Tramain Thomas, CB, FR, 6-1, 181, Winnie, Texas (East Chambers HS)
Elton Ford, FS, FR, 6-0, 208, Alpharetta, Ga. (Chattahoochee HS)
Anthony Oden, OL, FR, 6-8, 310, Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence North HS)
Austin Eoff, OL, FR, 6-5, 308, Fort Smith, Ark. (Northside HS)
Jelani Smith, LB, FR, 6-1, 213, Abbeville, La. (Abbeville)
Tenarius Wright, LB, FR, 6-3, 231, Memphis, Tenn. (Whitehaven HS)
Greg Childs, WR, FR, 6-5, 200, Warren, Ark. (Warren)
Jarius Wright, WR, FR, 5-11, 180, Warren, Ark. (Warren)
Khiry Battle, ATH, FR, 5-11, 209, Dacula, Ga. (Dacula)
Dennis Johnson, RB, FR, 5-8, 192, Texarkana, Ark. (Arkansas HS)
Jerico Nelson, ATH, FR, 5-11, 207, Destrehan, La. (Destrehan)
Chris Gragg, WR, FR, 6-3, 199, Warren, Ark. (Warren)
Cruz Williams, WR, FR, 6-4, 206, Little Rock, Ark. (Pulaski Academy)
Alfred Davis, DL, FR, 6-2, 305, College Park, Ga. (Banneker HS)
Zac Stadther, DL, FR, 6-2, 291, North Little Rock, Ark. (North Little Rock)
Chris Raggett, CB, FR, 5-11, 172, Beaumont, Texas (Ozen HS)
Albert Gary, ATH, FR, 5-10, 180, Citra, Fla. (North Marion HS)
Brian Christopher, DL, FR, 6-4, 240, Camden, Ark. (Fairview HS)
Basmine Jones, ATH, FR, 6-0, 195, Warren, Ark. (Warren)



RYAN MALLETT

QB – SO – 6-6 – 247 – Texarkana, Texas (Texas HS / Michigan)
2007 (at Michigan): As a true freshman, he played in 11 games completing 61-of-141 passes (43.3-percent) for 892 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions. He started three games for the injured starter Chad Henne. He made his career debut against Oregon and played the entire second half for the Wolverines. He started games against Notre Dame, Penn State and Northwestern. He passed for a career-high 245 yards and three touchdowns against Wisconsin. High School: During his prep career, he completed 526-of-938 passes for 8,331 yards and 76 touchdowns for Coach Barry Norton. As a senior at Texas High School, he set school records by completing 204-of-321 passes for 3,353 passing yards and 33 touchdowns and led his team to the state quarterfinals. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Texas and selected to 2006 All-USA second-team by USA Today. He also earned a spot on the EA Sports first-team All-America Multi-Purpose team and the Parade Magazine All-America team. He was recognized as the 2006 Player of the Year by the Texarkana Gazette and voted the AP's Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year. As a junior, he completed 133 passes for 2,219 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for six scores. He had 151 pass completions for 2,307 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore. He also ran for seven touchdowns. Out of high school, he was rated the No. 2 quarterback in the nation by Scout.com.


DE'ANTHONY CURTIS

RB – FR – 5-10 – 211 – Camden, Ark. (Fairview HS) 40-yard dash: 4.4

He was named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Offensive Player of the Year, selected to the Associated Press Super Team and honored as an all-state selection after a spectacular senior season for Coach Buck James. He produced 2,503 total yards, averaging 13.8 yards each time he touched the ball. He helped lead this squad to a state semifinal berth. He carried the football 119 times for 1,237 yards (10.4 average) and 18 touchdowns as a senior. He also caught 40 passes for 707 yards (17.7 average) and four receiving scores. On special teams duty, he returned 12 kickoffs for 312 yards (26.0 average) and two touchdowns and 10 punts for 247 yards (24.7 average) and two touchdowns. As a junior, he rushed for 568 yards and 11 touchdowns on 56 carries and totaled 41 receptions for 651 yards (15.9 average) and six touchdowns. He was ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by Hawgs Illustrated. He was also recruited by Clemson, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Texas Tech.

JOE ADAMS

WR – FR – 6-0 – 175 – Little Rock, Ark. (Central Arkansas Christian) 40-yard dash: 4.4
He racked up 80 tackles, including 29 assisted stops and 10 tackles for loss for CAC as a senior. He was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas team and the Associated Press Super Team after tallying 15 pass break ups and five interceptions for 187 yards while playing cornerback and safety. He returned one interception for a 77-yard touchdown. He also earned four sacks, while earning one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He earned 742 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns rushing. He caught 33 passes for 770 yards and racked up 435 yards in return yardage as a senior. He also threw for a pair of touchdowns. He had a total of 25 touchdowns on the season. In his junior season, he rushed 75 times for 857 yards and 14 touchdowns. He caught 29 passes for 633 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 21.8 yards per catch. As a sophomore, he tallied five interceptions. Hawgs Illustrated ranks him as the No. 2 prospect in Arkansas while Scout.com ranked him as the No. 8 cornerback in the nation. He was also recruited by Southern California, Clemson, Georgia, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Florida.


LAVUNCE ASKEW

DL – FR – 6-3 – 288 – Camden, Ark. (Fairview HS) 40-yard dash: 4.89

He was named to the AP Super Team following his senior season at Camden Fairview. He helped his squad to a 12-1 record and a 5A state semifinal berth under Coach Buck James. As a senior, he racked up 58 tackles, including 37 unassisted stops and 21 assisted tackles, seven tackles for loss, seven sacks, six quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. During his junior season, he tallied 68 tackles, including 20 stops for a loss. He registered seven sacks and one fumble recovery. He also added a rushing score. As a sophomore, he had 65 tackles (20 tackles for loss), five sacks and one fumble recovery. He was rated the No. 8 state prospect by Hawgs Illustrated. He was ranked as the No. 41 player at his position and the No. 8 overall recruit in the state by Scout.com. He was also recruited by Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.


TYLER WILSON

QB – FR – 6-3 – 186 – Greenwood, Ark. (Greenwood) 40-yard dash: 4.7

He turned in one of the most prolific high school careers in Arkansas history passing for more than 8,000 yards and 93 touchdown passes in his career. He also completed 62 percent of his passes during his high school tenure. As a senior, he led Greenwood High School to its third straight state title—second with Wilson starting at quarterback—while passing for 3,939 yards and 42 touchdowns for Coach Rick Jones. He was named the MVP of the 5A state championship game. He was also named as one of two quarterbacks on the Associated Press Super Team following his senior season after completing 294 of 473 passes. He also rushed 65 times for 199 yards and four touchdowns. He was recognized with the Landers Award as the state of Arkansas' top player and selected an all-conference and all-state performer. He was a 2007 all-state selection. As a junior, he completed 294-of-434 passes for 4,222 yards and 50 touchdowns. He was ranked, by Scout.com, as the No. 35 quarterback in the nation and the No. 7 player in Arkansas. He was also recruited by Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska.


JIM YOUNGBLOOD

QB – FR – 6-2 – 217 – Camden, Ark. (Fairview HS) 40-yard dash: 4.69

He amassed 5,562 passing yards, 43 touchdowns and more than 1,600 yards rushing in his high school career. He continued to be a dual threat as a thrower and rusher during his senior season for Coach Buck James. He threw for 2,533 yards and 18 touchdowns and ran for 643 yards and 16 scores in leading his squad to the state semifinals. His squad fell to Greenwood and fellow Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson He was a 2007 all-state selection. As a junior, he passed for 2,022 yards and 18 touchdowns. He added 820 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. He earned all-state and all-conference honors. He was ranked as the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 7 overall recruit in the state of Arkansas. He was ranked No. 4 in the Hawgs Illustrated rankings. He was rated as the No. 29 quarterback in the nation and the No. 6 overall prospect in the state by Scout.com. He was also recruited by Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee.


TRAMAIN THOMAS

CB – FR – 6-1 – 181 – Winnie, Texas (East Chambers HS) 40-yard dash: 4.5

He had a standout prep career at East Chambers High School earning 3,551 yards and 50 touchdowns rushing while racking more than 2,900 yards passing and 25 passing touchdowns for Coach Tony Valastro. During his senior season, he passed for 850 yards and seven touchdowns. On the ground, he rushed for 1,352 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also racked up 105 tackles and 11 interceptions as a cornerback. He was rated the No. 152 receiver in the nation by Scout.com. He chose Arkansas over Arizona, Baylor and Iowa State.


ELTON FORD

FS – FR – 6-0 – 208 – Alpharetta, Ga. (Chattahoochee HS) 40-yard dash: 4.57

He played on both sides of the ball as a senior at Chattahoochee High School under former Fayetteville High grad assistant and UA alum Terry Crowder in Alpharetta, Ga. On offense, he rushed for 777 yards and seven touchdowns. As a receiver, he pulled in 24 catches for 337 yards and one score. Defensively, he lined up as a safety and tallied 107 tackles, four interceptions and nine pass breakups. He was named a Class 5A All-State selection by the Georgia Sports Writers Association. He was also selected as the North Fulton County Player of the Year. As a junior, he totaled 100 tackles (five for loss) and three sacks. During his sophomore season, he racked up 128 tackles (seven for loss) and two sacks. He also recovered three fumbles. As a weak side linebacker, he was ranked No. 36 at his position and the No. 51 overall prospect in the state of Georgia by Scout.com. He chose Arkansas over North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.


ANTHONY ODEN

OL – FR – 6-8 – 310 – Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence North HS) 40-yard dash: 4.85

He split time on the field between tight end and defensive end during his prep career. He concentrated on basketball prior to his junior season before playing his two years of high school football. He played as a junior at Dunbar (Ohio) High School. He played both football and basketball as a sophomore at Lawrence North High School. He led his basketball squad to a state championship. He played in Bud Walton Arena on the UA campus while in high school as part of Real Deal on the Hill, an AAU basketball tournament. He is the younger brother of former Ohio State star and current Portland Trailblazer Greg Oden. His brother Greg was the first pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Trailblazers. Anthony was also recruited by Indiana, Oregon State, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Purdue, North Carolina State, Kansas and Ohio State.


AUSTIN EOFF

OL – FR – 6-5 – 308 – Fort Smith, Ark. (Northside HS) 40-yard dash: 5.32

He was named to the AP Super Team as an offensive lineman. He was also a 2007 all-state selection for Coach Darrell Henry after grading out at 90 percent in blocking and tallying 86 pancake blocks. He was a three-year starter and spent most of his senior season at center helping the Grizzlies to the state playoffs. IHe was the No. 20 state recruit per Hawgs Illustrated's rankings. He was ranked as the No. 56 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com, but played center during his senior season. He was also recruited by Kansas, Ole Miss and Texas Tech.


JELANI SMITH

LB – FR – 6-1 – 213 – Abbeville, La. (Abbeville) 40-yard dash: 4.57

Despite missing two games during his senior season, he totaled 109 tackles, including 61 unassisted stops, six tackles for loss and one sack for Coach Robert Toomer. During his junior season at Abbeville HS in Louisiana he recorded 135 tackles and two sacks. He was a first-team all-district honoree. As a sophomore, he racked up 108 tackles. As an inside linebacker, he was ranked No. 38 in the nation at his position and the No. 35 overall prospect in the state of Louisiana. He was rated No. 44 at the weak side linebacker position and the No. 33 overall prospect in his state by Scout.com. He was also recruited by Georgia, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.


TENARIUS WRIGHT

LB – FR – 6-3 – 231 – Memphis, Tenn. (Whitehaven HS) 40-yard dash: 4.6

He missed the first four games of his senior season due to injury, but still totaled 92 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions for Coach Rodney Salisbury. As a junior at Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tenn., he recorded 98 tackles and 11 sacks. He also spent time at the defensive end position. He was ranked as the No. 28 middle linebacker in the nation and the No. 9 prospect in the state by Scout.com. He was also recruited by Kentucky, North Carolina and Ole Miss.


GREG CHILDS

WR – FR – 6-5 – 200 – Warren, Ark. (Warren) 40-yard dash: 4.5

He was a 2007 all-state selection following his senior season for Coach Bo Hembree at Warren High School. As a junior, he racked up 65 receptions, including 15 touchdown catches. He was selected to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette all-junior team. He was ranked No. 9 in the state by Hawgs Illustrated. As ranked by Scout.com, he was the No. 72 receiver in the nation and the No. 5 recruit out of Arkansas. He was also recruited by Tennessee, Ole Miss, Colorado, Mississippi State and Texas Tech.


JARIUS WRIGHT

WR – FR – 5-11 – 180 – Warren, Ark. (Warren) 40-yard dash: 4.4

He racked up 58 receptions for 1,350 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior for Coach Bo Hembree at Warren High School. He also carried the ball 55 times for 382 yards and eight touchdowns. He racked up 168 kickoff return yards and a touchdown on four kickoff returns and 296 punt return yards and two touchdowns on seven punt returns. He earned a spot on the AP Super Team. He was a 2007 all-state selection and was selected to the All-Arkansas team by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Fellow coaches also named him as the outstanding back of his classification. As a junior, he totaled 51 catches, 1,086 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. He also recorded three kickoff and two punt returns for scores. He was named to the all-state team. He was ranked as the No. 30 player in the nation at his position and the No. 3 overall prospect in the state of Arkansas. He was touted as the No. 3 overall prospect in the state by Hawgs Illustrated. He was rated the No. 39 receiver in the nation and the No. 3 overall prospect in the state by Scout.com. He was also recruited by Minnesota, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas Tech.


KHIRY BATTLE

ATH – FR – 5-11 – 209 – Dacula, Ga. (Dacula) 40-yard dash: 4.55

During his senior season, he lined up at safety and running back for Coach Kevin Maloof. He totaled 86 tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception, five pass break ups and three forced fumbles. He was rated the No. 95 running back in the nation and the No. 56 overall prospect in the state of Arkansas by Scout.com. His brother, Deante, played at Northwestern University at the same time Arkansas quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee was the Wildcats' offensive coordinator. He was also recruited by Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Kentucky and Michigan State.


DENNIS JOHNSON

RB – FR – 5-8 – 192 – Texarkana, Ark. (Arkansas HS) 40-yard dash: 4.4

He finished his prep career with 56 touchdowns and more than 4,700 rushing yards for former Razorback assistant coach and Arkansas High School Coach Bill Keopple. As a senior, he rushed 1,529 yards and 20 touchdowns on 209 attempts in leading the Razorbacks to their second-consecutive 6A state championship. He was the most valuable player in the state championship game as both a junior and a senior. As a senior, he had six catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He returned nine punts for 361 yards and four touchdowns. He returned three kickoffs for 79 yards. He was selected to the AP Super Team as an all-purpose player. During his junior season, he gained 1,500 yards on the ground and 16 touchdowns in leading his squad to a state championship. As a sophomore, he scored 18 touchdowns on the ground on 150 carries and 1,734 rushing yards. He also posted four touchdowns and 200 yards as a receiver. He was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas team as both a junior and senior and was named the 6A South's most outstanding back in his final prep campaign. He was ranked as the No. 10 player inArkansas by Hawgs Illustrated for the state of Arkansas. He was rated as the No. 114 running back in that nation by Scout.com. He was also recruited by Oklahoma State among others.


JERICO NELSON

ATH – FR – 5-11 – 207 – Destrehan, La. (Destrehan) 40-yard dash: 4.45

During his senior season, he rushed for over 1,100 yards and scored 22 touchdowns for Coach Steve Robicheaux. He was rated as the No. 51 running back in the nation by Scout.com. He was also recruited by Miami, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and Georgia Tech.


CHRIS GRAGG

WR – FR – 6-3 – 195 – Warren, Ark. (Warren) 40-yard dash: 4.6

As a senior at Warren High School, he tallied 28 receptions for 420 yards and eight touchdowns for Coach Bo Hembree. He was rated as the No. 148 receiver in the nation by Scout.com.


CRUZ WILLIAMS

WR – FR – 6-4 – 206 – Little Rock, Ark. (Pulaski Academy) 40-yard dash: 4.5

As a senior, he had 105 receptions for 1,306 yards and 18 touchdowns for Coach Kevin Kelley. He was named to the Associate Press' Super Team as a wide receiver following his senior year. He also earned honors from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as a member of its All-Arkansas team and as the 5A Southeast's Outstanding Back. He was a 2007-08 all-state selection. As junior, he had 57 receptions, 1,200 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. He averaged 21.9 yards per catch. He was ranked as the No. 7 player in the state by Hawgs Illustrated. He was rated as the No. 80 receiver in the nation and the No. 4 overall prospect in the state by Scout.com. He was also recruited by Georgia Tech, Michigan and Oklahoma State.


ALFRED DAVIS

DL – FR – 6-2 – 305 – College Park, Ga. (Banneker HS) 40-yard dash: 5.21

As a senior at Banneker High School in College Park, Ga., he played on both the offensive and defensive lines. Defensively, he racked up 55 tackles with 24 of those stops coming for a loss. He also had two sacks and five fumble recoveries for Coach Benny Crane. He was ranked as the No. 99 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com. He was also recruited by Tennessee among others.


ZACH STADTHER

DT – FR – 6-2 – 291 – North Little Rock, Ark. (North Little Rock) 40-yard dash: 5.1

As a senior, he amassed more than 100 tackles, 115 assisted stops, including 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for Coach Brad Bolding. He was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's All-Arkansas team as a junior and a senior and to the Associated Press Super Team as a senior. He was ranked as the No. 13 overall player in the state by Hawgs Illustrated. He was also recruited by Kansas, Oklahoma and Vanderbilt.


CHRIS RAGGETT

CB – FR – 5-11 – 172 – Beaumont, Texas (Ozen HS) 40-yard dash: 4.5

He earned 94 tackles and four interceptions as a senior for Coach Ishan Rison. He rushed 14 times for 28 yards and caught six passes for 49 yards and a touchdown on the offensive side of the ball. He was also a standout in baseball. He earned first-team all-district honors as a centerfielder as a junior for Ozen High School. He was also recruited by Texas A&M and Baylor.


ALBERT GARY

ATH – FR – 5-10 – 180 – Citra, Fla. (North Marion HS) 40-yard dash: 4.47

He was named 3A player of the year in Florida after rushing for more than 1,860 yards as a senior at North Marion High School for Coach Craig Damon. He also racked up 700 yards receiving and more than 500 yards in punt and kickoff returns. He racked up 35 touchdowns in his final prep campaign. He earned all-state honors as a safety as a sophomore and at running back in both his junior and senior seasons. He was also offered by South Florida.


BRIAN CHRISTOPHER

DL – FR – 6-4 – 240 – Camden, Ark. (Fairview HS) 40-yard dash: 4.84

He was a standout on the line at defensive end for Coach Buck James at Camden Fairview High School. He helped his team advance to the state semifinals as a senior. He earned seven sacks and intercepted a pass and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown in his senior season. As a junior, he racked up 52 tackles, including 31 unassisted stops and 21 assisted stops. He also earned an interception and a fumble recovery. He was ranked as the No. 126 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com. He was also recruited by Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Ole Miss.


BASMINE JONES

ATH – FR – 6-0 – 195 – Warren, Ark. (Warren) 40-yard dash: 4.51

As a senior at Warren High School, he finished his prep career being named to the AP Super Team as defensive back for Coach Bo Hembree. Per Scout.com, he was ranked as the No. 171 cornerback in the nation. In the Hawgs Illustrated rankings, he was touted as the No. 23 player in the state. He was also recruited by Tennessee, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

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