Back To Work

In his weekly Friday recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson writes about how the Razorback football coaches are back to work with a talent-filled football camp on Saturday and the start of pre-season practice looming on Aug. 5th. This story is free courtesy Fayetteville Autopark. Click the banner to learn more.

After just a little bit of vacation and with the start of preseason pre-season practice looming on Aug. 5, the University of Arkansas football coaches were back to work on Thursday and settling in for the long haul.

First up, a one-day camp on Saturday featuring top talent from both inside and outside the state.

"Being a football coach is pretty much a year-round thing, but it was nice to get away for a few days and get refreshed and recharged," noted Arkansas assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Tim Horton. "Now we're ready to get back at it and get prepared for what we think is going to be a very exciting year."

The Saturday camp will feature not only several of the Razorbacks' top recruiting targets, but a bevy of other coaches.

"The thing I think is great for the kids is that this is a great opportunity to be seen by a bunch of coaches," Horton said. "We certainly have a lot of players that we are keeping our eyes on and will have the opportunity to watch.

"But not everybody can be a Razorback and play at this level and the fact that coaches from every school in the state – be it Arkansas State, UCA, Arkansas Tech or others – will be there to watch kids, is great for them," Horton said. "It's just more opportunities for the kids."

The one-day camp has become a popular format for a lot of the BCS schools.

"I think our three-day camp (in June) is great for what it is designed to do and that is help the kids become better football players," Horton said. "But it is more expensive than the one-day camp and not everybody can afford to pay for it so they choose the other.

"Lots of these kids are able to go to three, four or five of these camps because of that and that helps the kids be seen and the coaches get a look," Horton added. "It's a win-win for everybody."

There will be plenty of Arkansas commitments on hand such as offensive linemen Brey Cook, Mitch Smothers and Marcus Danenhauer – albeit quarterback Brandon Allen will be in Nashville at a 7-on-7 event.

There's also a number of out-of-state prospects already holding offers expected to attend – including ones like Texas prep stars Darrell Kelly-Thomas, Chris Barnett, Anthony Wallace and Zach Wood and Florida safety standouts LaQuentin Smith and Roderick Ryles.

"I think we have like 75 or so out-of-state prospects coming," Horton said. "That's a healthy assortment of kids and that has us very excited."

One of the features of the camp is that every play is taped and thus the coaches are able to review and evaluate the prospects.

"You take a guy like (Arkansas 2010 signee and Little Rock Catholic tight end) Garrett Uekman last summer," Horton said. "We didn't offer him from just what we saw there live. We got to go back and watch 25 different splices of film of him, saw how he blocked, saw how he ran his routes, saw his speed and saw how he competed. That's what brought him the offer.

"That really allows us to make a great evaluation," Horton said. "We think we are off to a great start in recruiting and just wanted to keep working it hard."

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