Friday, November 1, 2013
Recruits watching Arkansas vs. Auburn
By Gerry Hamilton
Arkansas will be hosting several prospects on official visits this weekend, and the team the Razorbacks are hosting -- No. 11 Auburn -- will have many eyes on them as well.
Looking at the Arkansas official visitor list, there are three ESPN 300 prospects scheduled to be in Fayetteville, and one rising senior four-star offensive tackle. That position is now a need in the class after junior college offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor (Rockaway, N.J./Lackawanna College) flipped from Arkansas to Texas A&M this week.
RB Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central): The No. 20 prospect in the ESPN 300 and a Florida commit, Cook is expected to be in Arkansas this weekend after traveling to Florida State last weekend. A weekend ago, it was former Miami Central running back Devonta Freeman who played host to Cook for the Seminoles, and this weekend it will be former South Florida stars Denver Kirkland and Alex Collins playing the role of recruiters. Cook, an Under Armour All-America selection, has already officially visited Texas, still hopes to see USC and has Florida scheduled for Nov. 30.
S Steven Parker (Jenks, Okla./Jenks): The No. 200 prospect in the ESPN 300 will be making the trip east to visit Fayetteville this weekend. If there is another team to watch in the Parker sweepstakes, it’s Texas A&M, with the 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect scheduled to make an official visit to College Station next weekend.
OLB Jimmie Swain (Olathe, Kan./Olathe North): The TCU commitment and four-star linebacker will be making an official visit to Arkansas this weekend. The 6-foot-3, 229-pound Swain has committed since the beginning of August, but Bret Bielema and his staff have not given up and are now in position to possibly flip Swain. Linebacker is a huge position of need for Arkansas in the class.
Frank Ragnow is a coveted prospect on the offensive line, a position of need for Arkansas.
OT Frank Ragnow (Victoria, Minn./Chanhassen): The four-star offensive tackle will be making his first official visit of the process this weekend. Along with the Razorbacks, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida State and Ohio State are high on the 6-foot-5, 296-pound lineman's list. Minnesota is working hard to keep Ragnow in-state. The Buckeyes offered Oct. 13, following Miami (Fla.) in early October. He made an unofficial visit to Wisconsin this season, and hasn't set up any other official visits.
DT Joshua Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Har-Ber): The No. 158 prospect in the ESPN 300 is the top in-state prospect left on the board, and it remains a battle between the Razorbacks, Texas A&M, Auburn and Alabama. The 6-foot-4, 336-pound Frazier made an official visit to Texas A&M on Sept. 12 and has a trip scheduled to Auburn on Nov. 29 for the Iron Bowl. Southern California also remains a possible official visit destination.
DT Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview): The one-time TCU commitment made official visits to Texas on Sept. 20 and Ole Miss on Oct. 18, and has trips scheduled to Texas Tech this weekend and Oklahoma Nov. 15. With one official visit remaining, it looks like the Razorbacks will have to fight off the Horned Frogs if they are to get the athletic, 6-foot-1, 280-pound four-star prospect to make a visit.
OT Jovan Pruitt (Dallas/Bishop Dunne): The Arkansas commitment made an unofficial visit to Baylor in October, and the Bears are in the making a full-court press on the 6-foot-6, 295-pound, three-star tackle. A win over surging Auburn would be huge for the Razorbacks as they attempt to fight off top-10 ranked Baylor, which is also closer to home for Pruitt.
OT Brian Wallace (Saint Louis/Christian Brothers College): The top Arkansas target was on campus in August unofficially, and is expected to make am official visit at some point. The Razorbacks are one of several schools in the race for the No. 145 prospect in the ESPN 300, along with Ohio State, Missouri and Iowa, among others.
DE Trey Carter (Dallas/Pinkston): Arkansas offered the fast rising senior this week, and the Razorbacks are likely to receive an official visit. The 6-4, 255-pound prospect is scheduled to be at Texas unofficially this weekend and has an official visit scheduled to Oklahoma Nov. 15. Carter moved to Dallas from the Shreveport, La., area last summer, and he has had his eye on Arkansas for a few years. He made an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State last weekend.