It was a busy weekend for the University of Arkansas football staff, and that was a very good thing.
The Razorbacks hosted 13 official visitors, and before the weekend was over they received verbal commitments from three players.
Deonte Welch, Julian Horton, and Daunte Carr are now on board as future Hogs.
Deonte Welch is a relatively unknown for those who follow Arkansas' recruiting. His name just popped up last week, and now he is set to become a Hog. Welch is a player the coaches feel could fit in as a WR or in the secondary on the defensive side of the ball.
For those out there who wish to know more about Welch here is a great article from The Gainsville Sun's recruiting scout. Click Here.
Welch's size and speed varies from each recruiting source you check. So take it from the local Florida source that lists him as 6'1", 185 lbs.
Julian Horton is out of Norcross, GA. where he plays for Atlanta Greater Christian. His relationship with Bobby Petrino started when Petrino's son played on the Atlanta Greater Christian team with Horton. The Razorbacks were the first team to offer Horton, and he is seen as a great all around athlete capable of playing either offense or defense.
Horton has been recruited to Arkansas for the offensive side of the ball. His football IQ is very high, and he had offers from North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Maryland, and others.
Horton is listed at 6'1", 182 lbs and runs a 4.5 40. He also is a star basketball player for his schools basketball team that is ranked third in the state of Georgia.
Daunte Carr is a bit of a surprise for the Hogs, and was a verbal commitment to Stanford earlier in the recruiting process. Carr has offers from Connecticut, Duke, Mississippi, Wake Forrest, South Carolina, Stanford, UCLA, West Virginia, and others.
Carr is from Gainesville, GA and is listed as 6'3", 205 lbs and runs a 4.57 40. ESPN Insider ranks Carr as the No. 23 Safety prospect in the 2010 class. Carr lead his Gainesville to the state title game where they fell, and left only the second loss on Carr's high school career. In three years playing for Buford and one playing for Gainesville Carr was 56-2.
Carr was selected to play in the Max Emfinger All-Star game in Dallas, and also GACA's North-South All-Star Game.
That is a little about the Razorbacks three most recent commitments. These three players all appear to have the "it" factor that Bobby Petrino looks for in his recruits. The 2010 class currently is not receiving praise from Rivals, Scout, or many Arkansas fans, but you better believe each player fits the bill of what Petrino is looking for in a player.
Over this past offseason a few of the assistant coaches talked about how the recruiting process works with Petrino. In those interviews the coaches mentioned that Petrino would shoot down a five-star player for a unranked player based on his criteria. They did not get too far into specifics, but did mention that school and test grades ranked very high on Petrino's list. One coach talked about showing Petrino film or a player, and that while the film was great that he did not meet the other criteria so Petrino would not offer that player.
The Razorbacks should have jam packed weekends from here until signing day. Most Arkansas fans that follow recruiting feel that adding more defensive lineman should be the focus for the remaining pieces of this class.
The Hogs currently are recruiting some great ones on the D-Line. Calvin Barnett (committed to Oklahoma State), Delvin Jones (originally committed to Tennessee), Byran Jones (4 star recruit from Junction City, AR), teammates Shon Coleman and Damien Robinson (both Army All-Americans), are just a few of the names Arkansas has been linked to and that have made visits or will visit the Arkansas campus.
When the dust settles, Petrino has recruited players to Arkansas from all over the country. Players from Hawaii are scheduled to visit, and players all the way up the east coast and down into Florida have been linked to the Razorbacks. Currently the Hogs have commitments from Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, and Alabama athletes.
In the end the Razorbacks are broadening their reach, and becoming a team that could be a force in this new decade of the SEC. A new-look SEC. Time will tell, but these three new players appear to be the perfect fit for Petrino and Arkansas with more commitments looming.
This article was written by Blake Stansbery of Born Hog Wild.
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