National Signing Day 2010 has come and gone, but coaches are already hard on the trail of next year’s recruits. Arkansas has already offered many outstanding recruits for next year, but there remain some intriguing 2011 recruits who have listed Arkansas as one of their schools of interest but who have not received an offer to become a Razorback.
The following is a run-down of the most highly-recruited and most interesting of these young athletes that I have compiled using information gathered primarily from Rivals.com :
WR Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville Academic Campus) 5'6" 147 4.4
This short, speedy track star has received a slew of offers from such places as Miami, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio State, Illinois, and others. At first, he disappears behind his tackles, but one sliver of daylight and then he is running with empty turf in front of him. UPDATE* As of today, Arkansas is no longer on Shane's Rivals list.
QB San Jose, California (Archbishop Mitty) 6'3" 205 4.9
This pro-style QB has received offers from Arizona State, California, Washington, Wyoming. Oregon has also shown interest. As a drop-back passer with incredible accuracy , Kyle would be a perfect fit for Bobby Petrino's system. Unfortunately for Kyle though, Arkansas has its own highly touted 2011 QB prospects instate.
OL Russellville, Arkansas (Russellville) 6'6" 330 5.3
Has received offers from Ole Miss and Missouri. Here's the catch, and probably why Arkansas will not extend an offer—Mitch's older brother is Matt Hall, who recently transferred to Ole Miss from Arkansas.
OL Parker, Colorado (Chaparral) 6'5" 263 5.9
According to Scout.com, Brendon was "an All-League choice the past two seasons, Austin was also named to the 2009 All-Colorado squad." He has received offers from Arizona, California, Colorado, Notre Dame, Stanford, and others.
QB St. Louis, Missouri (Chaminade) 6'2" 210 N/A
Christian is yet another pro-style QB interested in the Hogs. He has a nice touch on shorter throws and has received offers from Stanford, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Kansas.
RB Robert Standard St. Louis, Missouri (Chaminade) 5'10" 173 4.4
Robert is Suntrup's teammate who rushed for 2,800 yards and 40 touchdowns in 2009. He has been receiving acclaim in St Louis for quite some time and has received offers from Iowa State and Nebraska.
DT Samuel Harvill Springdale, Arkansas (Shiloh Christian) 6'0" 255 5.0
Can bench press 550 pounds! Has received offers from UNLV, Kansas State, and Southern Methodist.
OL Derek Farniok Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Washington) 6'9" 319 N/A
The Town that Wants to be Annexed to Fayetteville:
DE Donald Bryant Daingerfield, Texas (Daingerfield) 6'3" 240 4.9
OL Shayvion Hatten Daingerfield, Texas (Daingerfield) 6'4" 250 N/A
WR Keyarris Garrett Daingerfield, Texas (Daingerfield) 6'4" 181 N/A
ATH Tyler Boyd Daingerfield, Texas (Daingerfield) 5'10" 170 N/A
DB David Mims Daingerfield, Texas (Daingerfield) 5'10" 165 N/A
Curiously, five, yes five , 2011 recruits from Daingerfield, TX have expressed interest in Arkansas. None have received offers. What is the connection there? According to a Rivals article by Jason Howell, “Daingerfield, Texas may not be the biggest town in Texas, but the football talent rivals any school in the state.” It turns out that highly-touted 2011 linebacker Steven Edmond hails from Daingerfield and was recruited by Arkansas—in addition to Texas and Oklahoma. He verbally committed to Texas on February 23.
With all of the local coverage of recruits offered by Arkansas, its also interesting to look at the ones who are not. What this list indicates is that Bobby Petrino's reputation as an elite developer of QBs and WRs is already attracting attention far and wide from quality athletes around the country. Undoubtedly that trend will continue.