Parade Of Prospects

In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson writes about how the University of Arkansas football staff is happy with its 17 commits so far, will officially host Arizona linebacker Brock Haman (6-3, 230) this weekend and believes it is poised for a big finish. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. Click on the Arkansas Toyota.

As the 2010 season rolls around with University of Arkansas setting on 17 commits, the Razorback staff is certainly not planning on holding its cards.

Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino, recruiting coordinator and assistant coach Tim Horton and the rest of the Razorback staff have landed a Top 20 ranked group so far.

That includes 7 in-state prizes and 10 talented prospects from out of state.

"It's got to always start in-state and when it's a good year in the state and you are basically able to get the ones you want before or by the end of the summer, it helps," Horton said. "At the same time we have got some really good players out of state that we feel good about.

"There are also a lot of kids out there where we are in the top 5 and if we can have a good season and continue to do a good job recruiting once it is over," Horton added. "I think we have a chance to have a special recruiting year."

The Razorbacks will host one official visitor on campus this weekend with Arizona prep linebacker Brock Haman (6-3, 230) making it in for the season opener.

Expected for the Alabama game on Sept. 25th are Orlando (FL) Dr. Phillips safety and UA commit Rodrick Ryles (6-1, 180), his teammate and linebacker prospect LaQuentin Smith (6-2, 229), Cheasapeake (VA) Oscar Smith wide receiver Quinta Funderburk (6-5, 204) and defensive end Javonte Daniel (6-3, 215) of Lagrane, Ga.

"We have got several that want to come for that Alabama game," Horton said. "The hard part is that you are not able to spend as much time with them when it is during the season – whether it is a recruiting host or position coach or a head coach. The one thing about that Alabama game is that we do have an open date after that game so that gives you that Sunday to spend time with them on that day instead of preparing for the next game."

There will also be a bevy of unofficial visitors this weekend led by UA commits in offensive lineman Mitch Smothers (6-4, 295), defensive lineman Austin Beck (6-8, 295) and quarterback Brandon Allen (6-3, 215) – who have all confirmed they will be at the game.

Some of the other visitors scheduled to be on hand are Clarksville athlete Wesleigh Foster (5-11, 192), Phenix (AL) Central defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez (6-4, 315), Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst tailback Noah Pearl (6-2, 214), Tulsa Victory Christian OL Trint Jenkins (6-9, 312) and a trio of Texas prospects in Wylie OL Ethan Lington (6-2, 290), Van Alstyne athlete Charlie Grayson (5-11, 160) and McKinney linebacker Bo Doss (6-2, 310).

A top 2012 prospect slated to be in attendance is West Helena cornerback Rod Ross (5-9, 170).

"I can't say enough about how hard our staff has worked in recruiting," Horton said. "It certainly is paying off."

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Arkansas will also have two basketball prospects on official visits in St. Louis area point guard B.J. Young (6-4, 170) and Dallas area small forward Antwan Space (6-8, 200).

Young is one of the top 20 players in the country per while Space is a top 100 guy.

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