Bobby Petrino opened his Signing Day press conference by talking about the returning players. There was good reason. They began 5:30 a.m. workouts Wednesday.
"We had a good day today," Petrino said, then said how the Hogs started the day.
"We had the first of our early morning workouts. It began at 5:30 a.m. and it went very well. It was exciting to have so much experience. We have returning ability and size. It was very encouraging to see the carry over.
"Then, to add this class to it today. We should have the opportunity to have the kind of team in the fall that our fans want. The coaches thought it went excellent this morning."
One member of the 2010 class was in the morning workout, quarterback Jacoby Walker. He enrolled at mid-term.
"He's doing a nice job," Petrino said of Walker. "Everyone on campus tells me he is a nice young man with high character."
The football side had gone well, too.
"He's very knowledgeable," Petrino said. "He's played under center and in the shotgun. He can drop back and get to the mesh point. He can draw it up. He knows offense and defensive schemes. He's come from a high school where he got very good coaching."
Quarterback coach Garrick McGee said much the same thing.
"He's a fast learner and extremely intelligent," McGee said of Walker. "He did a good job of handling himself this morning. This was his first workout and he's obviously the youngest player out there, but he handled himself well."
Quarterback Ryan Mallett is still wearing a sling for a left shoulder surgically repaired a few weeks ago.
"He doesn't have the sling on all the time he should be wearing it," McGee said. "Some things he can do, some he can't. But he's doing great."
McGee had a big hand in landing five players from the state of Oklahoma. He said he's going after more.
"I've got an idea where some sophomores are at right now," he said. "We are expanding to Oklahoma City in this coming class."
There were two players from his old high school, Tulsa Washington.
"I've got some sources there, I do," he said. "They still know me there pretty well."
Petrino said, "His dad coached there and was pretty much a legend. That helps us there."
But the Hogs are mining other areas in Tulsa, too.
"I tell everyone in Tulsa that we are just a little bit east of Tulsa, actually I say Arkansas is in East Tulsa," he said. "It's an hour, forty five minutes away."
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