Down The Stretch

After a interesting weekend that includes a trip to Junction City, a scholarship offer to Russellville kicker Zach Hocker and three committed players committing elsewhere, the University of Arkansas football coaching staff now awaits some important decisions coming before or on Wednesday's national signing day.

It appears that the true measure of the University of Arkansas' 2010 recruiting class won't be fully known until national signing date arrives on Wednesday morning.

That's when the Junction City duo of defensive tackle Byran Jones and athlete Alan Turner, Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington defensive tackle and current Oklahoma State commit Calvin Barnett and Olive Branch (MS) High offensive linemen Shon Coleman and Damien Robinson are all set to make their announcements.

Russellville kicker Zach Hocker did commit to Arkansas on Monday while Florida defender Brandon Denmark and cornerback Jonathan McKnight of River Ridge (LA) John Curtis should make decisions soon.

There is Shreveport (LA) Evangel wideout Eric Thomas.

"I want to be a Razorback," Thomas said. "All I need is an offer."

Thomas has taken visits to Arkansas and LSU in the last two weekends, but has not been offered at either place yet.

"I hope this is going to work out for me," Thomas said. "I believe I can play on the SEC level."

Hocker, who committed to Arkansas State after waiting for Arkansas, got a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks on Sunday.

Three Arkansas coaches were in Junction City Saturday to visit Jones and Turner.

Barnett, whose teammate Eric Bennett is signing with Arkansas, was supposed to visit Oklahoma State this past weekend, but did not make the trip due to weather.

The U.S. Army All American has promised "something different and a little flashy" on Wednesday.

Arkansas currently has 19 verbal pledges in the 2010 campaign after a couple of previously committed prospects flipped to other schools this weekend.

Wideout Armand Williams of Slidell (LA) visited LSU and is now committed to the Tigers.

Shreveport Evangel punter-kicker Will Russ took an official trek to Texas and left a Longhorn.

Williston (FL) High athlete Deonte Welch, another UA commit, took a visit to South Florida on Saturday and Sunday.

Denmark will choose between Arkansas and Illinois while Coleman visited Miami while Robinson was at Memphis this past weekend.

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