Arkansas' Talent Invasion

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson writes about the Florida prep invasion happening on Arkansas' campus this weekend as the Razorbacks host several top prospects from the Sunshine State, Texas and Arizona.

Once upon a time a young balding lad name LeBron left his hometown and took his talents to South Beach.

It's worked out pretty well for him.

Now Arkansas is trying to get four prospects who live near South Beach to bring their talents to Fayetteville.

The Razorbacks will host five-star Plantation (FL) South Florida tailback Alex Collins (5-11, 207) , Miami Booker T. Washington four-star offensive lineman Denver Kirkland (6-5, 330), West Palm Beach Suncoast defensive tackle Ke'Tyrus Marks (6-2, 265) and Miami Northwestern cornerback De'Andre Coley (6-1, 185) on official visits this weekend along with several other top prospects.

Collins is one of the top talents in the country as evidenced by the fact that he is ranked as the third-best tailback in the country per Scout.com.

He originally committed to Miami, but the fact that the Hurricanes are facing NCAA legal troubles has him looking at Arkansas, Wisconsin, Florida and Florida State as well.

Collins had a visit from Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas and Razorback defensive line coach Charlie Partridge on Wednesday before taking in Miami's destruction of visiting Duke in basketball later that day.

Kirkland - Scout's fifth-best offensive tackle nationally – has already visited Ole Miss, Florida State, South Florida and Miami.

"I want a staff that's going to take care of me and really be with me during the hard times and the good times," Kirkland told Scout.com recently.

Marks was a lightly-recruited prospect before breaking onto the radar after setting a school record with 14 sacks this season.

All of a sudden coaches from Arkansas, Wake Forest, Bobby Petrino's Western Kentucky program, UMass, Florida International and Florida Atlantic all popped up on campus.

"Everything's different now," Marks told the Palm Beach Post.

The Miami trio will be joining at least two others visiting this weekend and maybe as five more could show up.

Also expected to arrive on Friday are UCLA offensive lineman commit Kenny Lacy (6-5, 270) of Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe and Newton (Texas) cornerback D.J. Dean (5-10, 180).

The other publicly known possibility who might visit is Houston Bellaire offensive tackle Dwayne Johnson (6-6, 275), who has been close to committing to Nebraska while Little Rock Central safety A.J. Tucker (6-3, 195) may also show up after a meeting Friday morning with Arkansas assistant Barry Lunney, Jr.

Tentative list of Arkansas official visitors for Jan. 25-27:

• De'Andre Coley, CB, 6-1, 175, Miami (FL) Northwestern

• Alex Collins, TB, 5-11, 207, Plantation (FL) South Plantation High

• D.J. Dean, ATH, 5-10, 180, Newton, Texas

• Dwayne Johnson, OL, 6-6, 275, Houston (Texas) Bellaire

• Denver Kirkland, OL, 6-4, 333, Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington

• Kenny Lacy, OL, 6-5, 270, Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe (UCLA commit))

• Ke'Tyrus Marks, DT, 6-1, 265, West Palm Beach (FL) Suncoast

• A.J. Tucker, S, 6-3, 195, Little Rock Central





Alex Collins





Denver Kirkland





Kenny Lacy


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