Recruiting Momentum

In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson writes about how Arkansas has enjoyed a very good recruiting week and hopes to keep that momentum going as its three-day football camp opens on Sunday. This story is free courtesy Fayetteville Autopark. Click the banner to learn more.





It's been a great recruiting week for University of Arkansas football program – which begins a three-day camp today - and it doesn't appear the momentum is going to slow down any time soon.

The Razorbacks are on the verge of having their best haul under head coach Bobby Petrino and certainly have a start toward making it one of the best – if not the best – classes in school history.

Both Springdale offensive lineman Brey Cook (6-7, 310) – a top 50 consensus player nationally - and Forrest City wide receiver Davyon McKinney (6-3, 190) are expected to make their decisions known soon.

Sources indicate that both of those are leaning toward wearing the new Nike Razorback uniforms for their college careers.

Perhaps the best indication of how things are going is the smiles on the faces of UA recruiting coordinator Tim Horton and the rest of the staff when you see them in public.

"This staff has put in a lot of hard work and feel like we are headed toward having a great class and getting this program to where everybody wants it to be," Horton said. "It is a good feeling, but the key is just to keep working hard and pushing and that is what we will do."

Arkansas has 8 commits so far with five of them being offensive and defensive linemen in Springdale's Mitch Smothers (6-4, 290), Bentonville's Marcus Danenhauer (6-5, 318), Malvern's Grady Ollison (6-4, 275) as well as Oklahoma prep stars Austin Beck (6-8, 300) and Robert Thomas (6-2, 310).

They've also landed skill guys in the Fayetteville duo of quarterback Brandon Allen (6-2, 215) and tight end Demetrius Dean (6-3, 260) and East St. Louis (Ill.) wideout Keante Minor (6-2, 195) High.

"The one thing that we are in position to do this season is bring in a balanced class," Horton said. "We don't have to load up on any one position. Just get the best players.

There could be some more offers handed out soon as the Razorbacks' summer camp gets underway on Sunday.

One of those very well could have went to Alma linebacker Jason Hensley (6-2, 220, 4.59), who grabbed Arkansas' attention during the spring evaluation period.

But he broke his leg recently and will be unable to participate.

Hensley, who already has offers from Kansas and Tulsa, had 118 tackles last season and is somebody that Arkansas certainly will keep an eye on this fall.

That leaves guys like Springdale Har-Ber linebacker Hunter Kissinger (6-3, 215), Clarksville athlete Wesleigh Foster (6-1, 180), Des Arc athlete Cody Robinson (6-3, 190), Drew Central tight end Matt McKeown (6-3, 235) and Pulaski Academy defensive lineman Dirk Tanner as key guys to keep an eye on.






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