The latest elite player to jump on major college radars is Springdale Har-Ber offensive tackle Brey Cook. The 6-foot-7, 290-pounder has turned heads this summer by earning scholarship offers from Oklahoma and Auburn after impressive stints in those teams' camps.
"It's been obviously a great summer," said Cook, who also has an offer from Tulsa.
"My size stands out; schools look at that a lot. I know at the camps I always try to hustle and be the first person in line and the best in drills and everything I did."
Cook joins the likes of Fayetteville quarterback Brandon Allen and wide receiver Demetrius Dean, and Shiloh Christian quarterback Kiehl Frazier and defensive tackle Samuel Harvill as major D-1 prospects in the class within 15 minutes of the University of Arkansas campus. All five players have at least one offer from a Southeastern Conference school and Dean is already an Arkansas commit prior to his junior year.
Cook said he has no intention to make a quick commitment, but that hasn't kept schools from showing interest in his strong work ethic.
"He got in here and he worked hard," Har-Ber coach Chris Wood said. "He committed himself to the weight room in January and has put on a lot of strength; he's over 320 pounds bench right now and has the opportunity to be a 400-pound bench guy by his senior year.
"He's got real good hip movement and is real good getting his base underneath him. He's real good using his upper-body and he's got good feet; good lateral movement. When you look at a big man he's got to be able to do that."
Among the other schools interested in Cook are Florida State and Arizona State. Cook – who attended the Arkansas one-day camp in July but didn't participate – said he is interested in the Razorbacks, but hasn't spoken much with the coaches there.
"I was planning on going down to a practice pretty soon," Cook said. "I've lived here so I know what the campus is like pretty much, but I'd like to go and look at the facilities and everything.
"The coaches seem pretty cool. I met (Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and offensive line coach Mike Summers) at camp. Coach Summers seems like a real nice guy and real cool guy. He seems like a good coach; I got to watch him coach the kids at the camp."
An Arkansas fan, Cook said he is unsure how that will play into effect if the Razorbacks end up offering.
"Right now it's just too early to tell," Cook said. "Obviously I have grown up here and have been a Razorback fan, but now there are a lot more schools out there and good competition. Right now my options are open."
Cook said he has had the opportunity to build relationships with the other top players in the area, including an impromptu trip with Frazier and Harvill to the Auburn camp in June.
"We all heard about Auburn's camp and decided to go down there and hit it real quick," Cook said "Sam Harvill and Kiehl Frazier are great guys. It is pretty cool all the attention around this area."
No Timetable for Allen
Despite other reports, Allen – who was offered a scholarship by Arkansas Wednesday – said there is no timetable to make a decision.
"I haven't thought about it," Allen said following the Razorback Kickoff Luncheon in Springdale. "I mean I just got offered the other day. I'll have to think about it some more.
"Arkansas is my first choice to go (to school), so getting an offer from here is a lot of fun…I've been here so long, been a Razorback fan and my dad is coaching here. I grew up a fan so the idea of playing here is definitely intriguing to me."
Allen sat with his father – Razorback defensive line coach Bobby Allen – at the event to preview Arkansas' upcoming football season.
The Fayetteville quarterback passed for 3,270 yards and 30 touchdowns as a sophomore for the Bulldogs in 2008 and led his team to a pair of 7-on-7 titles this summer.
Brey Cook (OL, Springdale Har-Ber)
Brandon Allen (QB, Fayetteville)
Kiehl Frazier (QB, Shiloh Christian)
Samuel Harvill (DT, Shiloh Christian)
Demetrius Dean (WR, Fayetteville)