Arkansas Recruiting: Razorbacks Set to Host Largest Official Group of the Year

Blake StansberyCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 28:  Head coach Bobby Petrino of the Arkansa Razorbacks watches a play during the game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 33-30 in overtime.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Arkansas Razorback football team has had a very good week.

In the past week they found out that starting quarterback Ryan Mallett and starting tight end D.J. Williams would forgo early entry into the NFL draft and return to play for the Hogs.

The Hogs also got some very good news on the recruiting front.

First the Hogs received a commitment from 2011 star quarterback Brandon Allen. Allen is the son of assistant coach Bobby Allen.

Just moments later the Hogs received a commitment from William Russ. Russ is a kicker/punter from Shreveport Evangel. Russ should be able to provide an immediate impact on kickoffs and punts for the Hogs. His punts averaged close to 45 yards for the season, and he routinely kicked through the end zone on kickoffs.

The Arkansas coaching staff looks to keep the positives flowing this weekend when they host their largest group of official visitors of the year.

It is being reported by Richard Davenport, The Recruiting Guy, that the below recruits are scheduled for official visits this weekend. These are subject to change, but currently each player has reported he will be here for his official visit this weekend.

CB Deonte Welch of Williston, Fla.

TE Brad Hefley of Joplin (Commit)

OL Jordan Rainey of Joplin (Commit)

OL Cam Feldt of Pilot Point, Tx. (Commit)

S Darrell Smith of Port Saint Joe, Fla. (Commit)

DL Sean Watson of Panama City, Fla. Rutherford

Ath. Jatashu "Big Tex" Beachum of Dallas Maceo Smith (Commit)

DL Jeremiah Jackson of Hoover, Ala. (Commit)

TE Garrett Uekman of Little Rock Catholic (Commit)

Ath. Julian Horton of Norcross, Ga.

RB/LB Braylon Mitchell of Heber Springs (Commit)

WR Maudrecus Humphrey of Hoover, Ala.

LB Courtney Gaston of Fort Gibson, Okla. (Commit)

The nine committed players should have a good impact on the visiting recruits, and the Razorbacks are looking to close the 2010 class on a strong note.

The return of Mallett, many believe, should give the Hogs a boost on the recruiting trail and has optimism for 2010 at an all-time high.

With signing day fast approaching, this weekend is the first of many to come with high attendance of official visitors.

The weekend sets up perfectly for the official visits. With a home basketball game the recruits will get a chance to meet the fans and see what Arkansas fans are all about.

Stay posted for any commitments and recruiting news that develops this weekend.


This article was written by Blake Stansbery of Born Hog Wild.