From Manvel to Fayetteville

Fox Sports Next has the update on the Manvel recruits who made the trip to Arkansas. With defensive end Taiwan Johnson as the leader of the group, all are on site to see what is going on and how the team looks. Each weighed in on the experience so far.

One player from Manvel, TX for sure is headed to Arkansas in defensive end Taiwan Johnson. Now it looks like he wants to bring a couple more of his boys with him.

From the 2013 class, wide receiver Austin Bennett and defensive back Tavares Garner are in Fayetteville for the weekend to take in all of the action. Johnson, who was open and honest about how shocked he was when the Bobby Petrino firing took place, was still optimistic about the future of the Razorbacks.

"I'd like to see who will be the next coach," Johnson said in an interview week's back. "That way we can get back to business and get some W's."

The 6-foot-3, 238-pound Johnson, who is a four-star prospect and had 86 tackles and 11 sacks last season, is on site for the place he plans to call home for the next couple of years. But, as stated, he did not come alone.

Bennett was one of two players who recently decommitted from Arkansas after the news of the firing broke. But even in that, the 6-foot, 170-pound Bennett still holds the Arkansas program high on his list of places he would like to attend. 

"I want to find out what the latest is and find out what they are going to do about the coaches. You know, to see if they will announce the plans for a head coach," Bennett said. "I want to get here and check out practice and the spring game."

When asked if Arkansas was still a top option, Bennett quickly said "Oh yeah, it's one of my top schools." Bennett will also check out TCU and West Virginia as well. Austin's older brother Ashton Bennett was also on hand for the action.

So while Johnson is checking out his new home and Bennett is seeing if this will eventually be home, Garner is just taking it all in. Earlier this offseason, the 6-foot, 175-pound Garner made a commitment to Texas Tech.

And though that commitment is still strong and valid, Garner wants to check out a few more programs.

"I wanted to come and check out Arkansas and the facilities. I'm here and so far, I love it," Garner said. "I'm solid to Texas Tech, but I am exploring my options. The Tech coaches know how I feel about the program."

On top of the visit to Fayetteville, Garner has also been to Oklahoma and is planning to go to Ole Miss sometime in the near future as well. Last season he recorded 58 tackles, three interceptions and 19 pass break-ups.

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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