Arkansas Football: Hog Recruiting Ahead of Schedule for 2011

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IAugust 4, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 16:  Head coach Bobby Patrino of the Atlanta Falcons watches his team play the Jacksonville Jaguars at Alltel Stadium September 16, 2007 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Falcons 13-7.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Many pundits are picking Arkansas as an SEC west contender in 2010. With this in mind, no team can contend without recruiting exceptional players. With fall practice starting it is time to take a look at Arkansas recruiting.

There are 15 commitments already in a class that most expect to be 25 total. The 2011 class is well ahead of schedule in both quantity and quality, and it is obvious that the recent good press has assisted Hog recruiting.


Offensive Line

Brey Cook , a 6’7” 315 lbs. in state recruit, leads off this position.

Mitch Smothers , a 6’4” 291 lbs. recruit from Arkansas , has signed on as well.

Marcus Danenhaur , a 6’5” 315 lbs. Bentonville recruit , adds to an impressive offensive line class.

While Danenhaur has not been evaluated and graded at this point, fans can expect all three of these recruits to grade out as solid 4-star recruits in November.


Tight End

Demetrius Dean , a 6’3” 245 lbs. Arkansas recruit, is still in the evaluation process.

Jervohnte Riles is a 6’5” 230 lbs. Alabama recruit that chose Arkansas over several in-state teams.

Fans can expect this to be one of the top tight end classes in the nation.


Wide Receiver

Keante Minor , a 6’0” 194 lbs. speedster from Illinois , has all the tools to become a solid producer for Arkansas.

Davyon McKinney is a 6’3" 180 lbs. possession receiver from Arkansas .

This is another strong class of receivers that will fit well into the Patrino system.



Brandon Allen , 6’2” 214 lbs., is a prototypical pocket passer from Arkansas . While he is not rated as high as some other in-state recruits, he projects better in the Patrino system.


Defensive Line

Austin Beck , a 6’8” 285 lbs. recruit from Oklahoma , projects well on offense or defense.

Grady Ollison , a 6’5” 273 lbs. lineman from Arkansas , can play offense or defense.

Robert Thomas is a 6’1” 310 lbs. run stuffer. He is a JUCO transfer that will arrive with much needed experience.

Darrell Kelly-Thomas , a 6’2” 220 lbs. speedster from Texas , projects at defensive end or tight end at the next level.



Shaquille Roberson at 6’3” 205 lbs. out of Reeltown, Alabama , projects at outside linebacker.


Defensive Back

Isiah Wiley , at 6'1" 185 lbs., is a JUCO transfer that will immediately add much needed speed to the Arkansas defensive secondary.

Roderick Ryles is a 6’1” 180 lbs. safety from Florida where he plays in one of the top prep programs in the nation.

The 2011 Arkansas recruiting class is currently ranked 21st in what looks to be another top 25 class come National Signing Day.