Monday, January 21, 2013
Two pickups, one big keeper for Razorbacks
By Bob Przybylo
The weekend was a big recruiting showcase for Arkansas as new coach Bret Bielema is starting to put together the class he wants.
The Razorbacks picked up two commitments, but arguably the most important part of the weekend was when ESPN 150 tight end Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy) decided Arkansas is still going to be his college choice.
Henry, ranked No. 69 in the ESPN 150, has been the face of this year’s Razorbacks class. But before last weekend, there was still some concern he might look at taking other visits.
After the weekend, though, Arkansas fans have nothing to worry about.
“The coaches were incredible. It was great to get to know them better,” Henry said. “I’m not looking at any more visits. I’m done.”
It looked as if the Hogs were guaranteed a couple of commits in three-star offensive guard Reeve Koehler (Honolulu/St. Louis) and kicker Sam Hill (San Francisco, Calif./City College of San Francisco), and Bielema was able to land both.
The re-evaluation of prospects continues to happen, too, as a couple of former Arkansas commits have been forced to find new schools.
It didn’t take long for three-star safety Khari Harding (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe), who committed to Auburn on Sunday after being with the Hogs since June. Arkansas also pulled the offer of three-star wide receiver Jervenski Johnson (Amite, La./Amite) this weekend.
Most of the visitors were already Arkansas commits, but one recruit whom the Razorbacks made up a lot of ground was with three-star athlete Oklahoma commit Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington).
A one-time Arkansas commit, Alexander switched to OU in November. It’s a race again between the Sooners and Razorbacks following a great visit. Alexander grew up a huge Arkansas fan and Arkansas has a lot of Tulsa-area players on the team.
Alexander didn’t change his commitment, but he said he had a great visit that is giving him a lot to think about moving forward.
Arkansas was also able to get ESPN 150 running back Altee Tenpenny (North Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock) on campus, but, as he told TideNation's Greg Ostendorf on Sunday night, it appears he is going to stick with his Alabama commitment.
There has been much shuffling in the past month in Arkansas recruiting circles, but it looks as if Bielema is now getting comfortable and targeting the exact recruits he wants with a couple weeks left until national signing day.