Linemen, receivers lead Arkansas prospects

Updated: May 31, 2002, 12:41 PM ET
By By Tom Lemming, college football recruiting analyst |
LITTLE ROCK, ARK. -- As a sort of prelude to the start of my annual road trip, I journeyed to Arkansas recently to see that state's top prospects.

The first town I stopped in was Ft. Smith. At Southside High School, I saw LB Derek Moore (6-5, 220), who is considered one of the top two LBs in the state and has explosive moves and the frame to grow into a college DE. His teammate, Clifton Calvert, is a 6-2, 195-pound LB with a little more speed than Moore, but he needs to put on some weight for college. Perhaps the best player in Ft. Smith is CB Khayyam Burns, a very fast athlete with good grades from Northside High School. Another prospect to watch from that area is lineman Shawn Shoemake of Van Buren, who made the All-State team as a sophomore but not as a junior. He prefers defense, but I think he might be a better OG in college.

Then I headed to Russellville, where I saw Landon Leach, the state's top QB (more than 3,000 passing yards as a junior) who's also the top baseball catcher in the state and plans on playing both sports in college. Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma and Mississippi are all coming after him.