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In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson catches up with Razorback hoops target Clarence Trent, who has spent his summer in Arkansas and is ready to get back into AAU action this weekend. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner for details.

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It's been awhile since Clarence Trent has gotten to play a competitive AAU game and he's planning on getting back to action with a flourish beginning this weekend.

That's when Trent (6-8, 230), a 2009 power forward from Findlay Prep that the University of Arkansas covets, and the Arkansas Hawks will be back in action.

They'll be one of the teams on hand for the GBOA South Tournament in Atlanta.

"I am really ready to play again," Trent said. "I played at the Real Deal on the Hill and down in Dallas (at the Next Level Ballers Tournament), but didn't play in our last two because I was taking care of a summer course."

Trent has been here in Arkansas taking the course at Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff.

"It's just a course to get me on track," Trent said. "It's all good and I am ready to go now."

Trent is coming off a season at Findlay in which he averaged 11.7 points and 7.7 rebounds while helping lead his club to a 32-1 mark.

That effort had plenty of schools offering him scholarships and still after him.

"I'm still open, but Arkansas, Maryland, Cal, Kentucky, UNLV and Washington are really the schools I am looking at right now. I think I will be ready to narrow it down some by the end of the summer."

Arkansas continues to pursue him very hard according to Trent, who is originally from Seattle.

"I know they have gotten a commitment from one guy (Marshawn Powell) and continue to recruit people other than me, but Arkansas has made it clear I am a number one guy for them," Trent said. "They call and get in touch with me as much as they are allowed to and I feel really wanted by the Arkansas staff and that means a lot to me."

While the summer course kept him from participating in the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp, he's geared to go in this week's GBOA Event, the Reebok U Camp in Philadelphia in early July, the Battle at the Bluff July 13-15 in Memphis and in the Reebok Summer Championships in Las Vegas on July 22-26.

"I plan on having a great rest of the summer," Trent said. "I've been staying in shape and working out with guys like (6-10 West Memphis senior-to-be center) Anthony (Borden) at the Dunbar Community Center and at P.A.R.K. Fred (Gulley) has also come down and worked out with us some. I'm really ready to go."

The Hawks have added Hamburg's Skyler Williams to take the place of Dominick Brumfield, who signed with Missouri State last week.

"We did really well in the four tournaments we have played so far and I think we are going to keep that going this week and throughout the rest of the summer," Trent said. "I think we have a very good team."

Clarence Trent

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…Arkansas is also known to be recruiting 6-7 swingman Shawn Williams of Duncanville and Jenirro Bush of UA-Fort Smith and 6-1 point guards A.J. Walton of Little Rock Hall and Michael Dixon of Lee's Summitt (Mo.) West.

The Razorbacks numerically have two scholarships to fill in the 2009 class.

…The UA football staff is finally getting a chance to get some vacation – albeit some are actually taking in football clinics during this time.

The next major event on the Razorback football calendar is the Seniors Only Camp on July 19 – a day many of the Razorbacks' top 2009 recruits will be in Fayetteville for the one-day event.

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