The Elite Camp

In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson writes about the University of Arkansas Elite Camp that will be held at Bud Walton Arena beginning on Friday and is expected to feature 2009 Razorback targets like A.J. Walton, Shawn Williams, Marshawn Powell and Clarence Trent along with a host of talented underclassmen.

Little Rock Hall point guard A.J. Walton, who the Tazorbacks are in love with, is scheduled to be on hand this weekend.

Duncanville (Texas) High small forward Shawn Williams and his dad are set to stop by Bud Walton Arena.

Findlay Prep power forward Clarence Trent will apparently be in Fayetteville although his Arkansas Hawks teammate Anthony Borden of West Memphis has a conflict and won't be able to make it.

Several of the so-called "Baby" Hawks and Wings – the state's underclassmen such as Razorback 2011 commit Aaron Ross - should be on the premises.

There could also be some of the younger Memphis standouts that Arkansas is in on.

Even Virginia prep power forward Marshawn Powell, the one-time UA commit who continues to flirt back and forth with Arkansas, is talking of making an appearance.

All those basketball standouts could be among the 50 or so prospects on hand for John Pelphrey's first annual Elite Basketball Camp Friday and Sunday in Fayetteville.

"This is an older (player) camp, a two-day one that we limit to about the first 50 kids and one that we really get a chance to work closely with the kids," Arkansas assistant coach Tom Ostrom said. "Coach Pelphrey really gets a chance to spend a lot more time with the kids and build relationships."

While this column notes several of the headliners when it comes to recruiting, Ostrom says there is a simple way to look at things.

"You have to look at every person that comes to your campus as a future Razorback so you are interested in each and every one," Ostrom said. "This is a great chance to show off our school, our facilities and just what we are all about."

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Arkansas had shown some interest in 6-11, 220-pound Puerto Rico Pump N' Run standout Jorge Diaz – a 2008 prospect - while in Las Vegas, but reportedly has decided to go into the season with its current roster.

O o o Several University of Arkansas football recruiting prospects could be making a decision on their college choices in the near future.

Both Pulaski Academy wideout Neal Barlow (6-7, 200) and Texas High wide receiver Cobi Hamilton (6-3, 190) have both stated they are somewhat near a decision.

Intrestingly, both have Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri at the top of their lists. Barlow said Wednesday he might take visits before deciding.

Rockwall-Heath (Texas) High linebacker Austin Moss (6-3, 210), whose parents are from Arkansas, is also near a decision.

Another player who could have a decision sooner than later is Lafayette Country wideout/defensive end prospect Rickey Hughey (6-5, 221), who got an offer from the Razorbacks after a solid performance at their one-day camp on July 19.

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The Razorbacks are still waiting to hear confirmation that football signee Albert Gary and basketball signees Courtney Fortson and Jason Henry have been cleared by the NCAA Eligibiiity Center.


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