National Signing Day 2010: The Arkansas Razorbacks' Final Four Wish List
National Signing Day is just a day away, and the Arkansas Razorbacks are looking to finish strong.
In just a short period of time, the fax machines are going to begin to start chiming, and signed national letters of intent will begin to pile up for coaches all across the country.
The ink will still be drying when Bobby Petrino takes the podium to talk about the recruiting haul he and his staff were able to bring in for the 2010 class.
Petrino will make this speech everyone hopes to hear about some big time recruits signing with the Hogs, and there is a good chance the Hogs will have some late surprises in the recruiting this year.
There are four big time recruits currently on the radar of Arkansas fans that passionately follow recruiting that could sign with the Hogs on National Signing Day.
The following are the four most wanted recruits on Arkansas' final 2010 recruiting wish list.
Byran Jones, DT (Junction City, Arkansas)
First is the area of most need for the Razorbacks, and that is local defensive tackle star Byran Jones of Junction City, Arkansas.
It is believed to many that Jones will choose between Arkansas and Auburn, but he also still has local college Louisiana Tech on his final list as well. Where Jones will sign depends what school the person you talk to supports.
Jones has had an outstanding high school career leading Junction City to back-to-back state championships his junior and senior seasons. Jones has the size to make an impact right away at defensive tackle, which is a position of high need for the Razorbacks.
The Arkansas coaching staff got the last official visit from Jones and have been down to visit him at his home and to see him play basketball over the past few weeks.
Jones is a crucial piece to the Arkansas recruiting class and their efforts to add talent to the interior defensive line.
Shon Coleman, OT, Olive Branch, MS)
Next on the big board for the Razorbacks is a duo of offensive tackles Shon Coleman and Damien Robinson.
Arkansas fans have a few nicknames for this duo already: the Olive Trees, Mississippi Mountains, Olive Branch Duo, Ro Co Express.
Hopefully Hog fans will get time to come up with the perfect nickname, or to make one of these stick, while the duo suits it up for the Hogs on Saturdays.
Both Coleman and Robinson were Army All-American players, and are both rated as top-10 offensive tackles in the nation.
Rumors have it that Coleman (a current Auburn commit) is down to Arkansas and Auburn for his services.
The Razorbacks sent an entire squad of coaches down to visit Coleman and were able to get him to make a mid-week official visit, where he came away impressed.
Damien Robinson, OT, (Olive Branch, MS)
Damien Robinson is a mountain of a young man all by himself and one of the biggest recruits the Razorbacks hope to secure on National Signing Day.
Robinson is believed to be down to Mississippi State and Arkansas in his choice of a final destination.
He had offers from all over the country, and if Petrino and Co. can land Robinson, it would be the best get of the 2010 class for the Hogs.
Jonathan McKnight, Cornerback (River Ridge, LA)
The last of the big four on the big board is Jonathan McKnight, the younger brother of controversial USC running back Joe McKnight. Arkansas has stayed with McKnight all throughout the recruiting process, even though he was once believed to be favoring Alabama.
However, McKnight has reportedly narrowed his list down to Arkansas and Arizona, and the Razorbacks have a very good chance of landing McKnight’s services.
McKnight is a tremendous talent with speed and a high football IQ and a player that Arkansas fans would love to see in the defensive secondary on Saturdays.
It's Closing Time
If Arkansas can finish strong landing these big time players, and some surprises that could come out of nowhere, it will catapult the Razorbacks into the spring with a bang.
The Hogs sit at 20 commitments right now, and a few weeks ago, Bobby Petrino said he would sign 28 players.
So the Hogs probably have their eye on some players that have not been linked to Arkansas so far during this recruiting season, or players that were thought to have gone a different direction.
It is closing time, and Bobby Petrino and his staff are close to closing the chapter on his third recruiting class to the University of Arkansas with what on paper looks like a terrific blend of size, speed, and athleticism.
This article was written by Blake Stansbery of Born Hog Wild.
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