Arkansas Razorback Recruiting: Ricardo Ratliffe Is The Missing Piece

Blake StansberyCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2010

The Arkansas Razorbacks already have a solid class signed to LOI's from the early signing period, but a big piece to the class is still missing. His name is Ricardo Ratliffe.

Ratliffe is a JUCO All-American, and the No. 1 rated player in the JUCO ranks. He is a dominant scorer, and all around solid inside player.

Arkansas is looking to add more strength inside next season to go with current freshman sensation Marshawn Powell. The departure of senior Michael Washington could also hurt the Razorbacks inside.

Ratliffe fits exactly the mold of a John Pelphrey type of inside player, and could be the best power forward to come to Arkansas since Corliss Williamson if the Razorbacks are lucky enough to sign him.

Early on in the recruiting process Arkansas jumped to the top of Ratliffe's list, but currently he is open and suitors are coming in from everywhere. He has been linked to high interest in Florida, Alabama, Missouri, and recently his name has come up more in the circles of programs such as Kentucky, Louisville, and Indiana.

Fans should expect the number of big-time offers for Ratliffe to continue to increase.

CLICK HERE to view Ratliffe's Arkansas Razorback Recruit Map Profile

Enjoy the below interviews with Ratliffe, and also footage of him breaking his junior college's all time scoring record.

The Hogs will likely be sweating it out until the last minute in an effort to land him, and Arkansas coach John Pelphrey has Ratliffe focused on as a must get for the 2010 class.

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