NCF On The Trail: Hunter Henry

Early Offer: The battle to land Gragg 

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: ESPN Junior 300 tight end Will Gragg's (Pine Bluff, Ark./Pine Bluff) recruitment could be key in how Arkansas is viewed by prospects on the recruiting trail; and Sunday's NBA All-Star Game brought back memories of the best high school football player I ever saw.

Key recruit for Hogs

The weekend was a big recruiting showcase for Arkansas as new coach Bret Bielema is starting to put together the class he wants.


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TE Deondre Skinner opens it up 

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Three-star tight end-H Deondre Skinner (Patterson, La./Patterson) is no longer committed to sign with Arkansas, multiple sources report. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior originally selected the Razorbacks in May, well before the program's coaching change.

Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Texas A&M and Tulane offered Skinner earlier in the process. He has official visits scheduled with the Cajuns (Jan. 18th) and Bulldogs (Jan. 25th).

Additionally, 247Sports believes Skinner will be in Houston for an official visit this weekend and Scout.com has him traveling to Arkansas on Feb. 2nd.

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Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

Henry with positive Bielema impression 

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Little Rock (Ark.) Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry has accepted he is the face of Arkansas’ 2013 recruiting class.

Henry, who is 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, is ranked No. 106 in the ESPN 150 and is by far the highest-ranked prospect pledged to the Razorbacks.

When Arkansas was going through early season troubles, rumors swirled about Henry looking elsewhere. He admits to looking, but he also admits he has never thought about decommitting from Arkansas.

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Weekend Rewind: Alabama 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama came up short on the field against Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M on Saturday, but off the field, the Crimson Tide enjoyed a successful weekend with a number of top recruits in town for the game. It was the Tide’s biggest recruiting weekend of the season to date.

The most notable visitor in Tuscaloosa was five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), who was accompanied by his mother on the trip. From all accounts, the visit went great and bolstered the Tide’s chances with the ESPN 150 star. Tunsil recently named Alabama and Georgia as his top two schools.

During the weekend, UA hosted just two official visitors: a pair of ESPN 150 tight ends, Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski) and Josh McNeil (Durham, N.C./Milford Academy). McNeil is already committed to the Tide, but for Henry, an Arkansas commitment, the trip gave him something to think about.

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Scouts: Bama rebounds with McNeil 

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Just a few days earlier Alabama lost out on a top tight end when Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski) chose to stay in-state and committed to Arkansas, but the Crimson Tide rebounded very nicely and landed a verbal from another ESPN 150 tight end Friday night when Josh McNeil (Durham, N.C./Hillside) committed. Henry is a more experienced and more polished prospect at this point, but by landing McNeil, Alabama got a prospect with nice upside and arguably a higher ceiling for development who with some work should be a nice fit for them.

McNeil displays a lot of natural ability, but will very likely be a prospect who needs some developmental time when he hits Tuscaloosa as his senior year will only be his second of high school football. While still a bit raw and unpolished in areas this is a prospect who demonstrates the tools to grow into a very good and well-rounded college tight end. He is a basketball kid who has nice overall size and room for further physical development which should come with some time in the Tide’s weight program. He can be a productive part of the passing attack as he possesses good hands and with a nice reach and good body control he offers a nice catch radius. He needs development as a route runner and to learn to become a more efficient runner, but he can get into his routes quickly, has some speed, and flashes the ability to be able to pick-up some extra yards after the catch. He also has experience as an in-line blocker which is key and he demonstrates the ability to develop into a productive player in the phase which he will need to be in that offense.

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Arkansas continues to enjoy some success with their in-state recruiting. With a commitment from ESPN 150 tight end Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski), the Razorbacks top three verbals all hail from Arkansas.

The four-star is an active part of his high school’s passing attack and can be a productive receiving tight end for the Razorbacks, who have shown in the past that they will throw to their tight ends. Henry possesses very good hands. There may be some slightly better pure athletes among the top TE prospects in this class, but Henry has good straight line speed and is a good and crafty route-runner and displays a feel to get open.

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Under Armour All-American tight end Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski) has committed to stay in-state and play for Arkansas. Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford and Vanderbilt were his other finalists.

Henry, one of the nation's most heavily recruited tight ends, also picked up scholarship offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Auburn, Florida, Miami-FL, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Purdue, Tennessee and Texas Tech.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Henry will be following in the footsteps of his father Mark, who played offensive line at Arkansas from 1988 - '91.

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According to multiple sources, ESPN 150 tight end Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski) will announce his college decision at 4 p.m. ET Thursday. His finalists include Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

The Crimson Tide already have a verbal from another top tight end and Under Armour All-American, O.J. Howard (Prattville, Ala./Autauga).

Three-star Deondre Skinner (Patterson, La.) is on board with the Razorbacks, the Cardinal picked up a commitment from three-star Eric Cotton Jr. (Nampa, Idaho/Columbia) in late June, and the Commodores secured three-star Nathan Marcus (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) back in April. Georgia and Oklahoma do not have tight end commitments at this time.

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The initial Under Armour All-America Game roster was released Thursday on ESPN.com and included 57 ESPN 150 prospects, but the nation's premier high school football all-star event is still attracting more elite talent.

Four-star safety Antonio Conner (Batesville, Miss./South Panola) and four-star Y tight end Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy) have committed to play in the sixth annual UA Game.

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