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National Signing Day 2014

We will work to keep this post updated starting now with the latest tidbits and observations concerning National Signing Day 2014.

Scroll down the page to the see the latest updates in real time.

Here you will find information as we get it about players who pick colleges in Arkansas, and we will probably toss in what’s going on with other recruits of note around the country from time to time. If you hear something we missed, please let us know, and we will do our level best to track it down, respond and keep up.

Let’s have some fun, shall we?

Here is a visual of where the 2014 Razorbacks Recruiting Class

Razorback Recruiting Class 2014

Here are the details on Arkansas Razorbacks Signing Day events, one in Fayetteville and one Thursday in Little Rock:

Signing Day on the Hill, presented by First Security, is set for Wednesday, Feb., 5, at the Fayetteville Town Center. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. Individual tickets that include a buffet dinner and a silent auction are $50. Reserved tables with 10 seats begin at $500. VIP and corporate tables are also available. Tickets may be purchased by calling 479-271-7411 or visiting nwarazorbackclub.org.

Signing Day in the Rock, also presented by First Security, will be held the next evening, Feb., 6, at The Metroplex in Little Rock. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the presentation set to begin at 6:45 p.m. Individual tickets that include reserved seating and a dinner buffet are $65, and reserved tables with 10 seats begin at $650. VIP tables are also available. Tickets may be purchased by visiting a Central Arkansas First Security Bank location or at lrrazorbackclub.com.

In Jonesboro, the Red Wolves will hold its annual Recruiting Round-Up National Signing Day Event for fans, Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Convocation Center auditorium from 5-6 p.m., bringing fans an interactive experience with new head coach Blake Anderson and his staff while also viewing video highlights of the latest class of Red Wolves.

There is no charge for admission, and the A-State band will be performing just inside the Convocation Center’s lower red entrance to welcome fans as they enter the building.  The one-hour program will feature a live radio broadcast for the second consecutive year on East Arkansas Broadcaster’s KFIN 107.9 FM, 95.3 FM The Ticket and KNEA 970 AM.

In Conway, the UCA Bears plan a National Signing Day 2014 event, featuring new head football coach Steve Campbell’s first class as a Bear.

UCA National Signing Day event

Speaking of the UCA Bears, here’s a digital booklet on Campbell’s first class as the head coach:

The Ouachita Baptist Tigers Recruiting Class for 2014 is in and here are the newest members of the team.

2014 OBU Signing Class 2

 

Here is Henderson State’s head coach football coach Scott Maxfield discussing his 2014 class of Reddies.

And let’s not forget about Lyon College! The Scots are signing football players now for the 2015 season, the first team since the early 1950s. In the video below, football coach Kirk Kelley discusses the ins and outs of recruiting, especially recruiting players to a new program. Below the video, is a release from Lyon College on where the team stands now in recruiting.

BATESVILLE, Ark. – National Signing Day is here, but for the Lyon College football coaching staff, it began some time ago. While NCAA institutions targeted Wednesday as the day they could begin getting athletes to put the ink on the dotted line, NAIA colleges like Lyon have never stopped their push.

Lyon College Football Recruiting Coordinator Kyle Phelps announced on Tuesday that the program had 36 of the goal of 50 players signed for the 2014 ‘season’. He said he hopes, if anything, the number of signees will pick up, now that athletes will start committing somewhere.

“I think everything will change after National Signing Day,” Phelps said on Tuesday. “Kids that are a little ‘higher profile’ want to wait to see if they’ll get the Division I-AA or Division II offer. Once they figure out that it isn’t the place for them or don’t get that offer, I think that could be a benefit for us. Then kids will be looking at their options and making commitments to go elsewhere.”

Lyon College, which hasn’t fielded a football team since1951, is in a more unique situation that most colleges. Head football coach Kirk Kelley and his staff have had to go into homes and sell a program that isn’t established yet. With the Scots not fielding their team for intercollegiate play until 2015, the staff has had to convince athletes to be part of history. 

“It’s an exciting obstacle for us,” Kelley said of the recruiting challenges of his staff. “We’re selling a vision for our program and what we want to get accomplished. We’ve told every single recruit that it’s going to take courage to jump in with us. But that’s been one of the things that has tipped things our way, because they think that’s exciting. It’s something they can take ownership in.”

Obviously, the plan of attack has worked. Since beginning the search for players in August, the Scots’ staff has inked well more than half of their goal. When making a preliminary prognosis of where players might play, 19 of the athletes signed are projected to be offensive players, while 15 will play defense. Two have been tabbed as kicker or punter.

“We’ve sat down and spent a little time projecting the area where players will play for us, but it’s all preliminary a this point,” Kelley noted. “There could be a lot of them that might end up playing in another position, but with our first game not until the fall of 2015, it gives us plenty of time. It just gives us a place to start.”

On the offensive side of the ball, Kelley has two projected quarterbacks, two running backs, three receivers and 12 linemen signing thus far.

“Overall, we feel like we’re headed in the right direction, as far as number of players signed,” Kelley noted. “After talking to other programs which are starting football, I think our numbers are very healthy. We’re excited because we feel we have the right kids. And we believe the number of kids signing is going to get better.

“Offensively, we feel our strength right now is in the offensive line. We’ve signed a lot of kids – a number of good-sized kids – with some versatility. As far as skill positions, we still have a lot of needs out there. But we also still have 31 offers ‘on the table’ right now.”

The Scots inked Russellville (Ark.) quarterback Cody Jones. He could be an impact player, who has proved in high school that he can throw the football with more than 3,000 yards, more than 30 touchdown in 2013, including a high 512 yards in a single game.

Tight end Garrett Denton of Batesville is a player that has outstanding blocking and catching ability. And two of the offensive lineman come from Hector (Ark.) High School, with Batesville Zach Lillard being in the mix to lead the way. 

On the defensive side, Lyon has inked six projected defensive backs, a pair of linebackers and seven defensive linemen.

“I think the strengths in our defense are in the defensive back area right now,” Phelps noted. “Up front and linebackers are areas we’re still looking at bringing in some more people to help, but we’ve got some good offers out there.” 

Both Kelley and Phelps said the Scots are looking to bolster the squad’s overall team speed on both sides of the ball. 

Of the 36 players signed, all are high school athletes, with no college experience. Twenty-eight of the players are from Arkansas, four are from Florida, three played in Texas and one is from Colorado. Batesville, Hector and Sarasota (Fla.) Riverview High Schools have the most commitments to the program, with four from each school. Riverview is Kelley’s alma mater.

The Lyon coach said he doesn’t have a timetable as far as when he would like to have the additional 14-plus players signed. He did say, however, that he feels like things will pick up now.

The incoming freshmen will be red-shirted this fall as the Scots begin workouts in the fall. All players will continue to have four years of playing eligibility left heading into the season opener in late August/ early September 2015 when the Scots begin play.

Here is the 2014 Razorback Recruiting Class as it stands based on verbal commitments, with links, when available, to the newest Razorback football players’ Twitter feeds:

Name Position Location Height Weight Speed Stars (Rivals)
Anthony Brown DE Florida 6'4 235 NA Two
Jared Cornelius WR Louisiana 6'1 185 4.5 Three
Juan Day RB Arkansas 6'1 205 4.5 Three
Kendrick Edwards WR Florida 6'5 200 NA Two
Dwayne Eugene LB Louisiana 6'1 222 4.5 Three
Cornelius Floyd DB Florida 6'1 170 4.5 Three
Khalia Hackett DB Georgia 6'3 210 4.6 Three
Jake Hall DE Arkansas 5'5 240 NA Three
Cole Hedlund K Texas 5'10 170 NA Three
Cody Hollister WR Arizona 6'4 205 4.5 Two
Bijhon Jackson DT Arkansas 6'2 327 5.2 Four
Jack Kraus TE Arkansas 6'5 250 4.9 Three
Joshua Liddell DB Arkansas 6'1 193 NA Two
Christopher Murphy DB Georgia 5'10 181 4.4 Three
Rafe Peavey QB Missouri 6'2 295 5.1 Three
Jovan Pruitt OL Texas 6'5 295 5.1 Three
Frank Ragnow OL Minnesota 6'6 288 5.0 Three
Santos Ramirez DB Louisiana 6'2 187 4.6 Three
Randy Ramsey ATH Florida 6'3 210 4.6 Three
JoJo Robinson WR Florida 6'0 183 4.53 Four
Henre' Toliver DB Louisiana 6'1 177 4.6 Three
Sebastian Tretola OL Iowa 6'4 315 5.0 Three
Brian Wallace OL Missouri 6'6 304 5.2 Four
Armon Watts DT Missouri 6'5 274 5.1 Three

Two of the Razorbacks’ committed players are listed among ESPN’s Top 300 high school football recruits in the country: Bijhon Jackson, from El Dorado, at No. 81; and Brian Wallace, from St. Louis, Mo., at No. 126.

Here is the 2014 Red Wolves Recruiting Class as it stands based on verbal commitments, with links, when available, to the newest Red Wolves football players’ Twitter feeds:

Name Position Location Height Weight Stars
AJ Turner LB Arkansas 6'2 210 Transfer
Dallas Kepler K Georgia NA NA Two
Charles Gaskin CB Florida 6'0 180 Two
Eugene Sutton DT Texas 6'2 270 Two
Nehemiah Wagner CB Texas 6'0 170 Three
Charles Alexander DT California 6'4 300 Two
Blaise Taylor WR Alabama 5'9 160 Two
Christian Beard OT Texas 6'4 260 Two
Daniel Keith OT Alabama 6'5 260 Two
Kyle Strickland DE Mississippi 6'4 245 Two
DJ Armstead CB Alabama 5'10 190 Two
Kyle Harris C Mississippi 6'3 285 Two
Carderious Dean MLB Mississippi 6'3 245 Two
James Tabary QB Louisiana 6'2 190 Two
Marcus Hudson DT Texas 6'4 265 Two
Blake Mack WR Arkansas 6'3 193 Two
Draequon Murphy S Alabama 6'1 190 Two
Jerrod Chandler OLB Arkansas 6'2 205 Two
Jhamahl Bell OT Arkansas 6'4 295 Two
Charles Grant S Texas 5'10 180 Two
Caleb Caston DE Mississippi 6'1 190 Two
Chuks Ota DT Arkansas 6'2 285 Two
Terrance Hollingsworth RB Alabama 5'8 175 Two
Khari Lain S Georgia 5'10 188 Two

The Southern Arkansas sports information department, through the use of Twitter, will provide complete, up-to-the-minute coverage of the Muleriders’ 2014 signing class as national letters of intent pour in from around the country during National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 5.

Fans and supporters of Mulerider football can keep up with the signings as they happen on Wednesday by following the official Twitter account for SAU Athletics; @MuleriderSports.

Remember, check this page often. We will continually update with information and thoughts on new players from now until all the dust settles.

Simon Lee February 5, 20145:41 pm

We meet again, Coach Petrino…

From KentuckySports.com:

Bobby Petrino said that he is hoping to add 2-3 more commits for 2014 and he needs depth on defensive line. Apparently Thibodeaux will visit Louisville this weekend and Arkansas later in the month. Hopefully Petrino and staff can lock him in this weekend.

Simon Lee February 5, 20145:15 pm

From Tae Thibodeaux’s Twitter account:

@MealTicket_90

Arkansas showing major love. I love it. Great fans. I will be visiting feb. 21st. #gohogs

Simon Lee February 5, 20144:38 pm

Cleaning up a few loose ends here:

Randy Shannon’s official new title will be senior associate head coach.

Tae Thibodeaux now plans a couple of official visits: on to Louisville this weekend and one to Arkansas the weekend of Feb. 21.

Simon Lee February 5, 20143:17 pm

Shots fired – Bielema says he finds it reassuring that a Big 10 team “that can’t win a Big 10 title” comes and takes one of his, referring to Chris Ash’s hiring as the co-DC at Ohio State earlier this year.

Simon Lee February 5, 20143:11 pm

On the big surprise of the day, JoJo Robinson, Bielema says Randy Shannon recruited him. He said Robinson prayed on his decision and God told him Arkansas was right for him.

“So I thank God for giving him that message,” Bielema said.

Simon Lee February 5, 20142:58 pm

Bielema says he’s not hired a new defensive coordinator, but has promoted Randy Shannon to assistant head football coach. Expects a new DC within the next seven days.

Simon Lee February 5, 20142:56 pm

Bret Bielema, addressing the media, is very pleased with his second class at Arkansas. He says so many of the new players come from good programs with great reputations throughout the country.

Simon Lee February 5, 20142:37 pm

The hunch from reporters on the ground in Louisiana is that Tae Thibodeaux will not make his choice today. We’re still tracking…

Simon Lee February 5, 20141:49 pm

Meet the newest members of the Harding Bisons football team:

Sam Blankenship

6-2, 210, FR, LB, Union HS, Tulsa, Okla.

1st Team All-State … 1st Team All-District … 1st Team All-Metro … team captain … FCA president … his uncle, Bill Blankenship, is the head coach at the University of Tulsa.

Bryce Bray

6-1, 270, FR, OL, Rogers HS, Rogers, Ark.

Three-year starter at center … 2013 All-State … two-time All-Conference … two-time KURM Dream Team … two-time All-Northwest Arkansas … Four-State Combine MVP … named team’s Outstanding Lineman as a junior and Offensive MVP as a senior … led Rogers High School to consecutive playoff appearances.

Dwayne Carter

5-9, 205, JR, FB, Independence CC, Navarre, Fla.

Played the last two seasons at Independence Community College in Kansas … rushed for 1,383 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior at Navarre High School … had 1,704 all-purpose yards … is Navarre High School’s career rushing leader … squats 600 pounds and benches 450 pounds.

Jalen Evans

5-8, 170, FR, ATH, Garland HS, Garland, Texas

2013 1st Team All-District defensive back … 2012 1st Team All-District wide receiver … six pass breakups and two interceptions as a senior … returned nine kickoffs for 152 yards as a senior and 10 kickoffs for 155 yards as a junior … had 30 receptions for 419 yards and six touchdowns as a junior wide receiver.

Ahkeem Henderson

6-0, 180, FR, DB, Ouachita Christian School, Monroe, La.

Led OCS to two Louisiana Class A state championships … 1st Team All-State as a running back in 2012 … two-time 1st Team All-District running back … third in career rushing yards at OCS with 2,914 yards and 40 touchdowns … averaged 8.55 yards per carry … selected to play in the Louisiana High School All-Star Game as a defensive back … state champion in the 200 meters and as a member of the 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams.

Larry Hill

5-10, 215, FR, FB, Cedar Hill HS, Cedar Hill, Texas

2013 1st Team All-District … rushed for 1,100 yards and 21 touchdowns … 2013 1st Team Texas Elite … played in consecutive Texas Class 5A Division II state championship games, winning his senior season … 1st Team All-District as a junior, rushing for 1,023 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Jon Aaron Howell

5-11, 185, FR, DB, Liberty Christian HS, Lantana, Texas

2013 TAPPS District 5A MVP … 1st Team All-State as a running back and as a safety … named Denton Area Two-Way Player of the Year by the Denton Record-Chronicle … had 11 pass breakups and seven interceptions, returning three for touchdowns … as a senior, rushed for 1,262 yards and 14 touchdowns in addition to 341 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns … had 21 total touchdowns as a senior.

Heath Pledger

6-2, 280, FR, OL, Cabot HS, Lonoke, Ark.

2013 1st Team All-State … named All-Arkansas by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette … two-time 1st Team All-Conference … National Honor Society … three-time Academic All-Conference … invited to play in the Arkansas High School All-Star Game … received the Brandon Burlsworth Award … led Cabot High School to the Arkansas Class 7A state championship game as a senior.

Keith Pledger

6-2, 270, FR, OL, Cabot HS, Lonoke, Ark.

2013 1st Team All-State … two-time 1st Team All-Conference … National Honor Society … three-time Academic All-Conference … invited to play in the Arkansas High School All-Star Game … named Cabot High School’s Lineman of the Year as a tight end … led Cabot High School to the Arkansas Class 7A state championship game as a senior.

C.J. Tolbert

5-9, 180, FR, QB, Dadeville HS, Dadeville, Ala.

2013 4A Mr. Football Finalist … 2013 Alabama Sports Writers Class 4A 1st Team All-State … 2013 1st Team … 2013 Opelika-Auburn News Breakout Player of the Year … 2013 Opelika-Auburn News All-Area Offense … 2013 Dadeville High School Team Captain … 2013 Dadeville High School Offensive Player of the Year … completed 103-of-186 passes for 1,115 yards and 16 touchdowns … rushed 213 times for 1,543 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Bo Weddle

5-11, 200, FR, RB, Carlisle HS, Carlisle, Ark.

Won the 2013 Paul Eells Award … 2013 Farm Bureau Arkansas Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year … selected to play in the Arkansas High School All-Star Game … two-time All-State … two-time All-Conference … 2011 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Super Sophomore Team … 2011 VYPE magazine All-Sophomore Team … Ranked 18th in Arkansas by Rivals.com … National Honor Society … Honor Graduate … rushed for over 3,300 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career … led Carlisle High School to 35-5 record, two conference championships, and the 2011 Arkansas Class 2A state championship game.

Simon Lee February 5, 20141:03 pm

Maybe Thibodeaux is waiting to find out who is DC will be, should he choose the Razorbacks?

Simon Lee February 5, 201412:49 pm

Big Drama! TAE THIBODEAUX, a 6’1, 267-pound, DT, from New Iberia, Louisiana, who runs a 4.7 in the 40 and NEVER visited the University of Arkansas, announced earlier today he was choosing between Arkansas and Louisville, another school he never visited.

After about an hour of waiting, Oregon emerged as an option for the young man.

Local TV sports reporter from Lafayette, Tom Martin ‏, said this while awaiting Thibodeaux’s announcement:

“FWIW, whoever gets Tae Thibodeaux is getting a steal. Grew 2 inches after many schools backed off, up to 6′2 now (his dad is 6′6). 3.8 GPA.”

Added Martin:

“And, um, what counts in all this… He destroyed people on the field this year.”

Martin also indicated he didn’t think Thibodeaux wanted to make his final decision today.

Simon Lee February 5, 201412:02 pm

New Razorback Randy Ramsey makes it official

LB, 6-3, 215, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Dillard HS)

Ramsey played cornerback, safety, linebacker and defensive end in high school. ESPN, Rivals.com and 247 Composite rated him with three stars. In 2013, he registered 83 tackles, including 34 for loss with 25 sacks, and four forced fumbles to help lead Dillard to eight wins, an undefeated mark in conference play and a spot in the regional semifinal round of the Florida 6A state playoffs. His junior year he helped the Panthers to six wins and the regional quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. He was coached at Dillard by Lorenzo Davis.

Ramsey chose Arkansas over offers from Kentucky, North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Rutgers and Illinois.

Simon Lee February 5, 201411:48 am

Welcome Mr. Football from Tennessee to Arkansas State:

Daryl Rollins-Davis:

5-9, 175, Fr., RB, Knoxville, Tenn. (Fulton)

Posted 1,990 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior, and also caught eight passes for 176 yards and one touchdown . . . Named Mr. Football for the state of Tennessee . . . 2013 All-State selection . . . Led Fulton to a 2013 Class 4A state championship, defeating Giles County 54-14 in the title game to complete a perfect 15-0 season . . . Rushed for 2,440 yards on 196 carries with 31 touchdowns in 2012, when he also totaled 2,774 all-purpose yards while leading Fulton High School to the Class 4A state championship . . . Rated as the No. 35 overall player in the state of Tennessee by 247Sports.com.

Simon Lee February 5, 201411:25 am

And the bio “surprise” for the Hogs:

Jojo Robinson

WR, 6-0, 185, Miami, Fla. (Miami Northwestern HS)

Robinson was rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and Scout.com. Touted as one of the best route runners in the 2014 class, he was ranked as the No. 22 athlete in the country and No. 35 prospect in Florida by 247Sports.com Composite ranking.

Rivals.com pegged him as the No. 59 receiver in the country and the No. 55 prospect in Florida, while ESPN ranked him No. 145 on the ESPN 300.

His junior season he made 35 receptions for 445 yards and three touchdowns and added 161 yards and one touchdown on 29 rushing attempts to help the Bulls to the regional semifinal round of the 6A state playoffs.

As a sophomore, he caught 16 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown while rushing 29 times for 98 yards and two touchdowns on an eight-win team.

He was coached at Miami Northwestern by Stephen Field.

Robinson chose Arkansas over numerous offers including Florida State, LSU, Auburn, TCU and South Florida.

Simon Lee February 5, 201411:23 am

New Razorback Anthony Brown

DE, 6-4, 221, Miami, Fla. (Miami Killian HS)

Brown had a composite score of 76 according to 247Sports.com. He helped Miami Killian to the 2013 District 16-8A championship for the first time since 2008 as the team advanced to the Region 4-8A semifinal round of the state playoffs. He contributed 34 tackles, including 12 for loss with 10 sacks, on a defense that allowed an average of 11.6 points per game and had three shutouts in the 12-game season.

Brown also played basketball for the Cougars and only played football his final two seasons. In addition to defensive line, he also was the team’s kicker and punter his junior season.

He competed in regional chess competitions, earned the Science Achievement Award and volunteered at the Camillus House for the homeless in Miami. He was coached at Miami Killian by Corey Johnson.

Brown chose Arkansas after receiving offers from Mississippi State, Michigan State, Cincinnati, South Florida and others.

Simon Lee February 5, 201410:58 am

Lot’s of new Red Wolves to meet:

Tyler Trosin:

5-11, 180, Jr., WR, Folsom, Calif. (American River (Calif.) College)

Originally signed with Oregon State in 2011 and redshirted his only season there before transferring to American River College in Sacramento, Calif. . . . Helped lead ARC to an 8-3 record in 2013, recording 825 yards total offense for a 75.0 yard average per game . . . Finished the season with 1,757 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns . . . recording 30 receptions for 500 yards and six touchdowns . . . Posted 550 kickoff return yards and a touchdown on 22 opportunities, averaging 25.0 yards per return with a long of 89 yards . . . Attempted 18 punt returns for 382 yards and a touchdown, averaging 21.2 yards per attempt with a long return of 94 yards . . . Returned a punt for a touchdown . . . Earned First Team All-America recognition by the JC Athletic Bureau and the CCCFCA as a return specialist . . . Named First Team All-Valley Conference wide receiver . . . Prior to signing with Oregon State, played at Folsom High School . . . Led Folsom to a 14-1 record and the CIF-Division II championship . . . In the title game, he caught three touchdown passes after making two scoring receptions in the CIF state playoff game the previous week . . . Delta River League Co-MVP and First Team All-Sac-Joaquin Section . . . Maxpreps.com ranked him the 27th best receiver in the country . . . As a junior he was the area’s leading receiver with 81 catches for 1,446 yards and 25 touchdowns . . . In 2009 he was the Delta River League Co-Offensive Player of the Year, first team All-Sac-Joaquin Section and All-Metro . . . Played safety, wide receiver, running back and quarterback during high school . . . Excellent track athlete, running sprints, relays and competing in the long jump . . . Also played basketball.

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Jhamahl Bell:

6-3, 295, Fr., OL, Warren, Ark. (Warren)

Three-year starter at WHS . . . Versatile player that saw action at both guard and tackle . . . 19th ranked player in the state of Arkansas by 247Sports.com . . . Named to the 2013 Arkansas Super Team, selected by the Associated Press . . . Hootens.com Fabulous 50 recruits choice for 2014 . . . One of three finalists for the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s Willie Roaf Awards, given to the most oustanding high school offensive lineman in the state . . . 2013 first team ArkansasVarsity.com All-Senior Team selection . . . Helped lead Lumberjacks to back-to-back undefeated conference championships in 2012 and 2013 and a 4A state runner-up finish in 2013 . . . Helped pave the way for a 1,575-yard rusher during junior season and two running backs with over 600 yards and a quarterback with over 400 during senior campaign.

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Charles “Fudge” Gaskins:

5-11, 175, Fr., CB, Tallahassee, Fla. (Amos P. Godby)

Helped lead Godby HS to a 10-2 record and to the 2013 Florida 5A state playoffs . . . Recorded over 30 tackles, nine passes defended and multiple interceptions . . . ESPN.com 3-star recruit and 78th ranked cornerback in the nation . . . Listed as 3-star recruit in 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.

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Terrance “Tank” Hollingsworth:

5-9, 195, Fr., RB, Berry, Ala. (Berry)

Four-year varsity letterman who ended his career at Berry as the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) all-time career leader in total offense (11,788 yards), all-purpose yards (13, 490) and rushing touchdowns (113) . . . Recorded 9,819 career rushing yards that were the second most in AHSAA history and just 20 shy of the record held by Mac Campbell of Alexandria . . . In addition to his 9,819 career rushing yards, his all-purpose totals included 1,240 receiving, 729 passing (included in ASHAA records) and 1,702 return yards . . . Scored 896 career points and 135 total touchdowns, which were the second and third most in ASHAA history, respectively . . . Named a First Team All-State pick and to the Alabama-Missippi All-State Game in 2013, he rushed for a career-high 2,125 yards and recorded 3,196 all-purpose yards as a senior . . . His all-purpose total as a senior rank as the 13th most for a single season in ASHAA history . . . Also posted 80 receiving, 503 passing and 388 return yards in 2013 . . . Named one of three finalists for the Arkansas Sports Writers Association (ASWA) Class 1A Back of the Year and earned 2012 Class 1A Player of the Year honors . . . Tallied a career-high 246 points and 37 touchdowns scored in 2011, which are the sixth most and tied for the 14th most in ASHAA history, respectively . . . 2012 ASWA First Team All-State . . . Tuscaloosa News Player of the Week . . . Also played defense during his high school career, recording more than 300 tackles, eight interceptions and nine forced fumbles from his linebacker position . . . 60th ranked overall player in the state of Alabama and 118th running back by 247Sports.com.

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Charles Alexander:

6-4, 300, Jr., DT, Pittsburg, Calif. (Los Medanos (Calif.) CC)

Two-time All-Bay Valley Conference (Northern California Football Association) choice at Los Medanos Community College . . . Helped lead the Mustangs to a 7-4 overall record and 4-1 Bay Valley record to finish the season as conference tri-champions . . . Recorded 46 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and one fumble recovery in eight games as a sophomore . . . Posted 47 tackles, two sacks and five tackles for loss as a freshman . . . Earned First Team All-Bay Valley Athletic League recognition as a senior at Deer Valley High School in Pittsburg, Calif., finishing the season with 88 tackles (56 solo), two sacks, two blocked field goals and one interception, fumble recovery and touchdown . . . Also lettered in basektball during high school.

Simon Lee February 5, 201410:46 am

New Hogs for you to check out:

Dwayne Eugene

LB, 6-1, 200, Marrero, La. (Archbishop Rummel HS)

Eugene was a three-star according to ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com. He received a grade of 86 from Scout and was ranked as the No. 32 prospect from Louisiana and the No. 69 safety prospect in the country by 247Sports. Eugene was a team captain, three-year starter and helped Archbishop Rummel to back-to-back Division I state championships in 2012 and 2013. During his three seasons, the Raiders put together a 36-5 record, including 16-0 in 2012. His senior season, he recorded 73 tackles, five fumble recoveries and two interceptions. As a junior, he collected 94 tackles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions and scored two touchdowns. In his first season as a starter, he made 74 tackles, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries and scored three touchdowns for a 10-2 season that ended in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. Eugene was also a member of the basketball and track and field teams. He volunteered with the Special Olympics and helped special needs children learn to swim working with JoJo’s Hope. He was coached at Archbishop Rummel by Jay Roth.

Eugene chose Arkansas after receiving offers from Arizona, Tulane, Western Kentucky and South Alabama.

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Arkansan Bijhon Jackson

DT, 6-2, 320, El Dorado, Ark. (El Dorado HS)

Jackson was ranked as the No. 1 prospect from Arkansas by ESPN and 247Sports Composite rankings. 247Sports Composite ranked him as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the country, while ESPN tabbed him as the nation’s No. 6 defensive tackle and Scout.com ranked him as the No. 4 defensive tackle prospect in the country. He participated in the 2014 US Army All-American Bowl, recording two tackles to help the West to a 28-6 win. He helped lead El Dorado to a 6A state championship and a 13-1 record during his sophomore season as he recorded 47 tackles, including eight for loss and two sacks. During his junior season he recorded 67 tackles, including 12 for loss and six sacks, and earned all-state honors. In 2013, he helped lead El Dorado to another state title, the school’s fourth in five years, by recording 61 tackles, including 14 for loss, with one interception. He finished high school with 175 tackles in his career. He was named to the Hawgs247 all-state team for the Class of 2014 and was twice named academic all-conference. He was coached at El Dorado by Scott Reed.

Jackson received numerous offers and chose Arkansas over Alabama and Ole Miss.

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Jovan Pruitt

OT, 6-6, 275, Dallas, Texas (Bishop Dunne HS)

Pruitt was a four-star prospect and the No. 15 offensive tackle in the country according to Scout.com. Rivals.com tabbed him as the No. 37 prospect in Texas and the nation’s 35th-best offensive tackle. ESPN gave him a grade of 78 and ranked him the No. 78 prospect in Texas and the No. 40 offensive tackle in the nation. Pruitt was ranked as the No. 51 prospect from Texas and the No. 52 offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports.com. In 2013, he was a team captain and earned honorable-mention all-state and first-team all-district acclaim as Bishop Dunne had a seven-win season and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs. He was coached at Bishop Dunne by Michael Johnson and Ken Davis.

Pruitt chose Arkansas over numerous other offers including Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, UCLA and Washington.

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Brian Wallace

OT, 6-6, 291, Florissant, Mo. (Christian Brothers College HS)

Wallace was a four-star prospect and played in the 2014 US Army All-American Bowl. He was ranked as the top overall prospect in Missouri, the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and the 37th-best overall prospect by 247Sports.com. ESPN.com and Rivals.com ranked Wallace as the country’s No. 9 offensive tackle and the second-best prospect from Missouri. Rivals pegged him as the No. 96 overall prospect in the country, and he was 126th on the ESPN 300. In 2013, he helped Christian Brothers reach a 9-3 overall record, including an undefeated record in district play, and advance to the third round of the Class 6A state playoffs. He was named first-team all-state and first-team All-Metro Catholic Conference as a senior. He earned first-team all-conference, second-team all-district and second-team all-metro after helping lead the Cadets to an 11-1 record and the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs in his junior season. He also participated in the shot put and discus for the track and field team and volunteered at the Center of Creative Arts at the YMCA. He was coached at Christian Brothers by Scott Pingel.

Wallace chose Arkansas after receiving numerous offers including Alabama, Missouri, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska.

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Sebastian Tretola

OT, 6-5, 315, San Bernardino, Calif. (Iowa Western CC/Cajon HS)

Tretola comes to Arkansas from Iowa Western Community College after beginning his collegiate career at Nevada. The San Bernardino, Calif., native was ranked as a four-star by 247Sports.com, the No. 1 junior college prospect in Iowa, the No. 8 junior college offensive tackle in the country and the 29th-best junior college prospect in the nation. He also was ranked 63rd in the Rivals.com junior college top 100. ESPN ranked him as the country’s No. 11 junior college offensive tackle. He earned first-team all-conference honors in 2013 after helping the Reivers win the Midwest Football Conference championship and a No. 2 final ranking following a defeat of Butler in the Graphic Edge Bowl. He redshirted as a true freshman at Nevada and saw action in 10 games with four starts in 2012, helping the Wolf Pack to the New Mexico Bowl. He helped lead Cajon High School to a league championship as a junior and was twice a first-team all-league selection, adding first-team all-county honors as a senior. Tretola was coached at Iowa Western by Scott Strohmeier and at Cajon by Kim Battin.

Tretola selected Arkansas after receiving multiple scholarship offers from schools including Oklahoma, Florida, Texas Tech, TCU and South Florida.

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Santos Ramirez

CB, 6-1, 172, Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian Academy)

Ramirez was a three-star prospect according to ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com. He earned a scouting grade of 88 and ranked as the No. 28 prospect from Louisiana and the No. 49 safety in the nation by 247Sports. Rivals ranked him 26th in Louisiana and the No. 50 cornerback in the country. He was named first-team all-state, first-team all-district and first-team all-city as a senior after he making 88 tackles and 10 interceptions and helping Evangel Christian to a 10-2 record that included an undefeated season in district play. The Eagles won the District 1-3A championship and advanced to the Division II state semifinals. As a junior he made 76 tackles, four interceptions and 10 pass breakups and was a first-team all-state selection. In his sophomore year he recorded 33 tackles and grabbed two interceptions. He also played basketball and ran track in addition to volunteering with the elderly at nursing homes in Shreveport and earning recognition on the Principal’s List for his work in the classroom. He was coached at Evangel Christian by Byron Dawson.

Ramirez chose Arkansas over offers from LSU, Baylor, Memphis, Southern Miss and Air Force.

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Kendrick Edwards

WR, 6-6, 185, Miami, Fla. (Miami Norland HS)

Edwards was ranked as the No. 75 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com. He was a three-star prospect by Scout, ESPN and 247Sports.com. According to 247Sports, Edwards was the No. 92 wide receiver in the country and the No. 94 overall prospect from Florida. As a senior, he made 20 catches for 300 yards and six touchdowns while also playing quarterback in the Vikings’ Wing-T offense. In 2012, Miami Norland won eight games, including a four-game win streak that led to the regional semifinals, and he caught 30 passes for 534 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he caught 45 passes for 715 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Vikings’ undefeated 5A state champion team. He also played basketball and was an honor-roll student while volunteering at Optimist Park and Sun Life Stadium. He was coached by Daryle Heidelburg at Miami Norland, the same high school attended by Arkansas linebackers coach Randy Shannon.

Edwards chose Arkansas over offers from Auburn, South Carolina, Louisville, Rutgers and Syracuse.

Simon Lee February 5, 201410:07 am

Big-time kicker signed by the Hogs. Meet Cole Hedlund

K, 5-10, 170, Argyle, Texas (Argyle HS)

Hedlund was a vital part of Argyle’s 2013 Texas 3A D2 state championship team. He was named a Parade All-American and first-team All-USA by USA Today. He also won the Chris Sailer Award presented to the National Placekicker of the Year.

Hedlund was a three-star prospect according to ESPN, Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com. He was ranked as the No. 3 kicker in the country by 247Sports. With Hedlund kicking his way into the record books, Argyle ran through a perfect 16-0 season and the 3A D2 state title in 2013. Hedlund holds the national record with 25 made field goals in a season from his sophomore year and with 52 career made field goals. He made 157 straight PATs, including a perfect 101-for-101 in 2013.

As a senior, he was 24-of-30 on field goals with a long of 57 yards and led the country in kick scoring with 168 points.

His junior year, he made 7-of-10 field goal attempts for Argyle’s 11-2 team that advanced to the third round of the state playoffs. As a sophomore, he was 25-for-30 on field goal attempts, breaking the national record for single-season made field goals, and the Eagles ended their 14-2 season with an appearance in the state championship game. He also played soccer.

He was coached at Argyle by Todd Rogers.

Hedlund chose the Razorbacks over Texas A&M.

Simon Lee February 5, 201410:05 am

Here are Henderson’s signee list as of 10 a.m.

Name Pos Ht Wt School
Trey Adkins WR 6-1 180 Lakeview Centennial High

D’Andre Bellamy CB 5-11 180 DeRidder

Chad Birkes OL 6-3 260 Har-Ber High

Andrew Black QB 6-1 180 Chapel Hill High

Jamon Bradford CB 5-8 150 DeRidder

Matthew Busby OL 6-2 270 Lone Oak

Garrett Carson QB 6-2 215 Lakeside High

Trei Criff Ath 6-0 190 Mangham High

Donny Darville RB 5-7 160 Kennedale High

Robbie Decker DT 6-3 255 Elk City High

Jonathan Edouard CB 6-0 165 Maynard Evans

Darion Gray Ath 5-10 170 Hargrave High

John Guerra OL 6-4 300 Texas Tech

Emerson Hamm OL 6-5 275 D. MacArthur

Kenneth Houff DE 6-2 200 Atlanta High

Grant Howell DE 6-3 215 Christian Brothers

Stan Kanu DE 6-5 220 Seven Lakes High

Quamaine LeBlue CB 5-11 175 S Grand Prairie

Trae Moffitt DE 6-3 195 Mangham High

Daniel Moore DT 6-1 280 Duncan High

Devin Padia S 5-11 190 West Brook

Justin Peters S 5-10 180 Rockwall Heath

Jacob Rasberry DT 6′ 3 255 Conroe High

Curtis Sebren K 5-9 165 Dierks High

Cory Sittle OL 6′ 1 270 Aledo High

Cameron Sonnier LB 6-1 210 Clear Brook High

Brennan Travis OL 6-2 255 Barbe High

Alexander Trotman LB 6-0 205 Miramar High

Terrell Tyson LB 6-0 200 Fayetteville High

Andrew Weber LB 6-1 250 East Saint John

Keith Wynkoop WR 5-10 165 Liberty Eylau High

Simon Lee February 5, 20149:46 am

Barry Lunney Jr. ‏@BarryLunneyJr

Feels great to have five in-state players choose to stay home and be Hogs! Thankful that they wanted to be Razorbacks. #NaturalStateHogs

(From the desk – It also feels great to have a new crew of #SunshineStateHogs signing, too.)

Simon Lee February 5, 20149:33 am

WOW! The word is a big-time Miami product, Jojo Robinson, Wide Receiver, has chosen the Razorbacks. He had been committed to Florida State.

Here are his stats:

Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 183 | 40: 4.53

Simon Lee February 5, 20149:18 am

Welcome two more new Red Wolves…

Caleb Caston:

6-2, 210, Fr., DE, Pascagoula, Miss. (Pascagoula)

Three-year varsity starter at Pascagoula High School who helped lead the program to a 30-9 record over that span . . . Earned All-Region 4-5A honors as a senior after recording 53 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and three sacks . . . Earned a place on the Bernard Blackwell North-South Mississippi All-Star Game roster . . . Named the WLOX Defensive Player of the Year . . . Sun Herald’s All-South Mississippi Team . . . Recorded 61 tackles and nine sacks as a junior, helping lead the Panthers to a Class 5A South title . . . Saw most action on defensive side of the ball, but also played some tight end . . . 59th-ranked player in the state of Mississippi by 247Sports.com.

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E.J. Sutton:

6-3, 275, Fr., DT, Schertz, Texas (Samuel Clemens)

Three-year varsity letterman and two-year starter . . . First Team All-District 27-4A as a senior . . . Helped lead Clemens High School to an 8-3 record in 2013 and its first playoff appearance in four years . . . Recorded over 60 tackles as a senior with multiple tackles for loss and forced and recovered fumbles.

Simon Lee February 5, 20149:10 am

Here is the latest from the Henderson Reddies class of 2014:

Name Pos Ht Wt School
Brennan Travis OL 6-2 255 Barbe HS

Chad Brikes OL 6-3 260 Har-Ber HS

Matthew Busby OL 6-2 270 Lone Oak HS

Curtis Sebren K 5-9 165 Dierks HS

Donny Darville RB 5-7 160 Kennedale HS

Jonathan Edouard CB 6-0 165 Maynard Evans

Emerson Hamm OL 6-5 275 D. MacArthur

Simon Lee February 5, 20149:05 am

Reports from North Little are that the Razorbacks are getting a walk-on from Brad Bolding’s team: Safety Payton Holmes.

Simon Lee February 5, 20149:03 am

Newest member of the Red Wolves Khari Lain:

5-10, 185, DB, Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek)

3-star recruit and ranked as the No. 125 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com . . . Rated as 3-star recruit in 247Sports.com’s composite rankings . . . Fayette County News All-County Team as a senior . . . Recorded 77 tackles as a senior . . . Earned Class 4A Preseason All-State recognition by the GHSF Daily . . . 2012 Georgia Sports Writers Association First Team All-State selection in Class 4A.

Sandy Creek Class Officer (vice president) as a senior . . . Helped lead SCHS to an 11-1-1 record, including a 7-0 region record, in 2013 . . . Recorded 99 tackles, including 13 for loss, as a junior. . . . As a junior, helped lead SCHS to an unblemished 15-0 record and Class 4A state title.

Simon Lee February 5, 20148:55 am

New Razorbacks who are officially official:

Arkansan Jack Kraus

TE, 6-5, 250, Bentonville, Ark. (Bentonville HS)

Kraus was given three stars by ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com. Rivals ranked him as the No. 7 prospect from Arkansas, and ESPN ranked him eighth in Arkansas and the nation’s No. 31 tight end. He was also named to the Hawgs247 all-state team for the Class of 2014.

Kraus helped lead Bentonville to three straight 7A state championship games. In 2013, he caught 12 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns while grading at 84% blocking and registering 40 knockdown blocks for the state championship team that finished 11-2. Kraus caught 19 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns and had 72 knockdown blocks during his junior year. He recorded 112 receiving yards, one touchdown and 42 knockdowns during his sophomore year. He led the Tigers to a 36-4 record over his three years.

He was an honor-roll student all four years and also played basketball while volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club of Bentonville.

He was coached at Bentonville by Barry Lunney Sr.

Kraus committed to Arkansas following his junior season.

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Arkansan Josh Liddell

S, 6-1, 193, Pine Bluff, Ark. (Dollarway Senior HS)

Liddell was ranked as a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com and ESPN. He was ranked No. 3 overall in Arkansas and as the No. 38 safety in the country by 247Sports.

He played on both sides of the ball, seeing action at safety, running back and quarterback. He led Dollarway to an undefeated conference season, the 2-4A title and the semifinal round of the state playoffs playing quarterback in 2013.

As a senior, he completed 44-of-58 passes for 1,257 yards and 15 touchdowns while also rushing 112 times for 1,278 yards and 21 touchdowns. Defensively, Liddell tallied 45 tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups.

In his junior season, he made 50 tackles and four interceptions while contributing 1,500 rushing yards, 300 receiving yards and 13 total touchdowns. As a sophomore, he recorded 45 tackles and 12 interceptions in addition to 800 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

He was coached at Dollarway by Cortez Lee.

Liddell chose Arkansas over many offers, including Boise State.

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Henre’ Toliver

CB, 6-1, 165, Marrero, La. (Archbishop Rummel HS)

Toliver was a four-star with a scout grade of 90 and ranked as the No. 18 prospect from Louisiana and the No. 27 cornerback in the country by 247Sports.com. Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 20 recruit from Louisiana and the nation’s 42nd-best cornerback.

He was part of the Archbishop Rummel team that claimed back-to-back Division I state championships in 2012 and 2013. He made 10 interceptions in high school, including interceptions to clinch consecutive three-point victories in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the state playoffs as a senior. He made 25 tackles and two interceptions, earning All-District 9-5A honors as a junior.

He also played basketball and helped his team advance to the state quarterfinals his junior season. As a sophomore, he recorded 42 tackles with three interceptions.

Off the field, he was honor-roll student and volunteered at the local Senior Center.

He was coached at Archbishop Rummel by Jay Roth.

Toliver chose Arkansas after receiving numerous offers, including Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arizona State, Kentucky and Louisville.

Simon Lee February 5, 20148:42 am

El Dorado’s Bijhon Jackson makes it official…

Bijhon Jackson ‏@BijhonJ
I just officially signed with the hogs. I’M A HOG!!!

Simon Lee February 5, 20148:34 am

Here are the latest signees for the Red Wolves:

Kyle Strickland:

6-5, 245, Fr., DT, Brandon, Miss. (Brandon)

Helped lead Brandon High School to an 11-2 record and quarterfinal appearance in the Mississippi 6A state playoffs . . . Named to the 2013 Mississippi All-Star Team . . . All-region selection as both a junior and senior . . . Clarion-Ledger 2013 All-Metro Team selection . . . Recorded 82 total tackles, including 32 solo stops, 13 tackles for loss and seven quarterback sacks as a senior . . . As a junior, registered 105 total tackles, including 37 solo stops, nine tackles for loss and three sacks . . . Also posted along an interception and multiple fumbles forced and recovered . . . 3-star composite ranking by 247Sports.com, which rates him as the No. 46 overall player in the state of Mississippi and the No. 81 strongside defensive end in the nation.

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Brandon Byner:

5-11, 177, Fr., RB, Bessemer, Ala. (Bessemer City)

Played on both sides of the ball in high school, playing multiple roles on the Bessemer City offense and cornerback on defense . . . Named the 2013 Birmingham News West Player of the Year, while also earning all-metro and all-state honors as a defensive back . . . With just 21 pass attempts thrown his direction, he collected two interceptions and 13 pass break-ups . . . Finished his senior season with 2,832 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns . . . Recorded 1,137 rushing yards and touchdowns . . . Posted 986 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 51 catches . . . Also tallied 799 yards and three touchdowns as return specialist . . . Helped BCHS to the second round of the Class 6A state playoff and to a 10-2 record in 2013.

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Christian Beard:

6-4, 270, Fr., OL, Waco, Texas (Midway)

Associated Press Class 5A All-State selection . . . Played in the National Underclassmen All-American game in Myrtle Beach, S.C. . . . Unanimous selection to the All-District 8-5A Team . . . Graded out at 94 percent with 57 pancakes in 2013 . . . Named to the Waco Tribune’s 2013 Super Centex Team as a first-team member . . . Helped lead Midway to a 2013 Bi-District championship in the state playoffs . . . Ranked No. 4 on the Waco Tribune’s Centex Top 25 prospects in Central Texas . . . 3-star recruit ranked as the No. 105 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com . . . 3-star recruit in 247Sports.com’s composite ratings, and listed as the No. 88 offensive guard in the nation by the Web site.

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D.J. Armstead:

5-11, 185, Fr., CB, Florence, Ala. (Florence)

High school teammate of current Red Wolves Jamaris Hart and Irving Adams . . . Helped lead Florence HS to a 9-4 record during senior season and the third round of the playoffs . . . Part of defense that held opponents to 21.3 points per game . . . Also runs track at Florence.

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James Tabary:

6-2, 195, Fr., QB, New Orleans, La. (Holy Cross)

Led Holy Cross to a combined 19-6 record (9-3 in 2013; 10-3 in 2012) as a starter and to the semifinals of the Louisiana Division I state playoffs as both a junior and senior . . . 2013 Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State Team selection . . . Elected to Orleans Parish All-Star team as part of Lake Pontchartrain All-Star Classic . . . As a senior, completed 58.3 of his pass attempts for 2,272 yards and 16 touchdowns to only five interceptions . . . Threw for 1,808 yards with 15 touchdowns and recorded two rushing touchdowns as a junior . . . 3-star recruit ranked as the No. 64 overall player in the state of Louisiana by 247Sports.com.

Simon Lee February 5, 20148:29 am

Barton standout picks the Red Wolves: Jarrod Chandler:

6-2, 205, Fr., DE, Barton, Ark. (Barton)

2013 Class 3A All-State selection . . . Chosen to the 2014 Arkansas Activites Association East All-Star football team . . . Farm Bureau Awards’ Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year as a senior . . . Helped lead Barton to a 9-3 record and the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

16th-ranked player in the state of Arkansas by 247Sports.com . . . . Also participated in basketball and track and field . . . Anchors the track team’s 4×100 relay team.

Nephew of former A-State defensive lineman and NFL player Jon Bradley, who was also a three-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection.

Simon Lee February 5, 20148:22 am

North Little Rock RB sensation Juan Day makes it official this morning. He’s a Razorback…

Juan Day

RB, 6-2, 210, Little Rock, Ark. (North Little Rock HS)

Day was a three-star prospect according to ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com. Rivals ranked Day as the No. 3 prospect from Arkansas and the No. 40 running back in the nation. Day had a scouting grade of 85 and was ranked No. 8 in Arkansas and the No. 61 running back in the country by 247Sports.

Day was also named to the Hawgs247 all-state team. North Little Rock finished the 2013 season 10-3, won the conference title and advanced to the semifinal round of the Arkansas 7A state playoffs.

Day rushed 39 times for 320 yards and had three touchdowns, in addition to catching four passes for 85 yards and one touchdown in three games before sustaining an injury.

In 2012, North Little Rock had another winning season of 10-2, including going undefeated in conference play, and made another trip to the state semifinals behind Day’s 915 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.

He was coached at North Little Rock by Brad Boling.

Day chose Arkansas following his junior season.

Simon Lee February 5, 20148:17 am

Here are the newest official Red Wolves…

Coach Trooper Taylor’s son, Blaise Taylor:

5-9, 170, Fr., CB, Auburn, Ala. (Auburn)

Earned Class 6A All-State recognition as an athlete in 2013, playing at the cornerback, receiver, running back and return specialist positions . . . Named an Opelika-Auburn News Super 8 Senior and named to its All-Area Team.

Helped lead Auburn High School to its first ever state championship game appearance in 2013 . . . Senior season saw him average 24.6 yards on kickoff returns with four touchdowns, while he also posted 129 rushing yards on 16 attempts and 242 receiving yards with four touchdowns on 13 receptions . . . He tallied 25 tackles, four sacks, 13 pass break-ups and three interceptions from his cornerback position . . . Finished his junior campaign with 323 receiving yards and five touchdowns.

Rivals.com 3-star recruit . . . 3-star reccruit and ranked as the No. 53 player in the state of Alabama and No. 154 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com . . . 247Sports.com’s composite rankings 3-star recruit, and also listed by the Web site as the No. 34 overall player in the state of Alabama and No. 110 athlete in the nation.

Son of Arkansas State cornerbacks coach Trooper Taylor.

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Marcus Hudson:

6-4, 265, Fr., DT, Manor, Texas (Manor)

Two-time All-District 17-4A selection, earning first-team honors as a senior and second-team recognition as a junior . . . Helped lead Manor to the Class 4A Division I Bi-District round of the 2013 state playoffs, a 9-2 overall record and 6-1 district mark . . . Manor reached the semifinal round of the 2012 season’s Class 4A Division II playoffs when Hudson recorded 33 tackles (20 solo) and one sack.

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Daniel Keith:  

6-5, 275, Fr., OL, Florence, Ala. (Florence)

Selected to play in the 2013 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game as a senior . . . Class 6A All-State selection in 2013 . . . Helped lead Florence to High School to a 9-4 record and the third round of the state playoffs as a senior . . . 3-star recruit and ranked as the 38th best player in the state of Alabama and the No. 91 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com . . . High school teammate of current Red Wolves Jamaris Hart and Irving Adams.

Simon Lee February 5, 20148:08 am

Hometown player, stays in Jonesboro – Chuks Ota:

6-2, 285, Fr., DT, Jonesboro, Ark. (Jonesboro)

Helped lead Jonesboro High School to a 6A state playoffs semifinal appearance as a senior . . . Named to the 2013 Arkansas Super Team by the AP . . . Earned a spot on the 2014 Arkansas Activities Association East All-Star football team . . . Gained All-State recognition as a senior.

Finished the 2013 season with 107 tackles, including 39 solo stops, 22 tackles for loss and five sacks.

3-star recruit and ranked as the No. 9 overall player in the state of Arkansas by Rivals.com . . . 3-star recruite rated as the No. 11 player in the state of Arkansas and the No. 71 defensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports.com.

Simon Lee February 5, 20148:04 am

New Razorback, Arkansan & Springdale Har-Ber standout Jake Hall

DE, 6-5, 250, Springdale, Ark. (Har-Ber HS)

Hall was a three-star recruit ranked as the No. 6 prospect in Arkansas by ESPN.

He was ranked as the seventh-best prospect out of Arkansas and the No. 35 strongside defensive end in the country by 247Sports.com.

In 2013, he helped lead Har-Ber to the quarterfinal round of the 7A state playoffs and an 8-4 record by making 67 tackles, including 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery. He was named to the all-state team and the Outstanding Lineman in 7A-West.

As a junior, he collected 50 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, and forced three fumbles as the Wildcats won seven games and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.

He was coached at Har-Ber by Chris Wood.

Hall chose Arkansas after receiving offers from Cincinnati and ULM.

Simon Lee February 5, 20148:01 am

New Razorback cornerback Cornelius Floyd:

CB, 6-1, 190, Miami, Fla. (Gulliver Prep)

Floyd earned a three-star rating as a versatile athlete who excelled at wide receiver and cornerback in high school.

Scout.com ranked him as the No. 85 cornerback in the country, while 247Sports.com Composite rankings tabbed him as the 133rd-best wide receiver in the nation.

As a senior, he recorded 45 tackles, including 25 solo, and seven interceptions with two of those returned for touchdowns while helping Gulliver Prep advance to the regional semifinal round of the 4A state playoffs.

He was named to the all-state academic team and earned first-team all-state honors and first team All-Dade honors.

During his junior season he made 40 tackles and two interceptions, scoring a total of four touchdowns, including two on kickoff returns, to help lead the Raiders to the regional finals.

He also participated in basketball and track and field.

He was coached at Gulliver by Earl Sims.

Floyd chose the Razorbacks over Oklahoma, Virginia, Cincinnati, UCF and Pittsburgh.

Simon Lee February 5, 20148:00 am

Bio for new Red Wolf Charles Grant:

5-11, 180, S, Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite)

Four-year varsity letterman and three-year starter on the Mesquite High School football team . . . Three-time first team all-district selection . . . Named all-state by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) as a senior after recording 114 tackles and seven pass break-ups . . . Earned First Team Class 5A Academic All-State recognition as a senior by the Texas High School Coaches Association.

Posted 91 tackles and seven pass break-ups as a junior, helping lead Mesquite to a perfect 10-0 regular season.

3-star recruit by 247Sports.com, which also ranks him among the top 115 safeties in the nation.

Simon Lee February 5, 20147:51 am

Big get last week for the Razorbacks. Meet Frank Ragnow

OT, 6-6, 285, Victoria, Minn. (Chanhassen HS)

Ragnow was given four stars from ESPN, Scout.com and 247Sports.com. He was ranked as the No. 3 prospect from Minnesota by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals.com. According to 247Sports Composite ranking, Ragnow had a grade of 89 and was the country’s 24th-best offensive tackle.

He was one of two 2014 Army All-American Bowl nominees from Minnesota and also was invited to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl following his senior season.

During his career at Chanhassen, Ragnow was twice named all-state, all-metro and all-conference. He also played defense and accrued 102 tackles, including 14 sacks, and two fumble recoveries. In his senior year, he helped the Storm to a school-record seven-game win streak from week three to the quarterfinal round of the sectional playoffs.

In addition to football, he also played basketball and contested the shot put and discus throw and was a captain on all three teams. In the classroom, he was an honor-roll student.

He was coached at Chanhassen by Bill Rosberg. Ragnow chose Arkansas over offers from Minnesota, Florida State, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

Simon Lee February 5, 20147:49 am

Here’s your new Razorback signee, Armon Watts:

DT, 6-5, 250, Saint Louis, Mo. (Christian Brothers College HS)

Watts was a three-star prospect according to ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com. He received a scouting grade of 85 from 247Sports and a grade of 78 from ESPN. ESPN ranked him as the No. 10 prospect from Missouri and the No. 61 defensive tackle in the country. Scout ranked him 54th among the nation’s defensive tackles.

He helped Christian Brothers to a record of 9-3 in 2013, including an undefeated season in district play. Christian Brothers also advanced to the third round of the Class 6A state playoffs as Watts tallied 66 tackles, including 14.5 for loss with five sacks.

As a junior, he recorded 57 tackles, including five for loss with four sacks, and one fumble recovery as the Cadets finished 11-1 and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. He also played basketball and soccer.

He was coached at Christian Brothers by Scott Pingel. Watts chose Arkansas over numerous offers, including Missouri, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Wisconsin.

Simon Lee February 5, 20147:48 am

Bio of new Red Wolf Nehemiah Wagner:

6-0, 170, Fr., CB, Mesquite, Texas (Horn)

Helped lead the Jaguars to a 9-3 record and second round playoff appearance during senior season . . . Recorded 28 tackles, including 21 solo tackles, to go along with nine passes defended, three interceptions, two tackles for loss, and one fumble forced . . . Named to the 12-5A All-District First Team Defense.

ESPN.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com 3-star recruit . . . Rated as the No. 76 and No. 74 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com and ESPN.com, respectively. . . . Ranked as the No. 74 cornerback in the nation by ESPN . . .

Member of VYPE’s 2014 Top 100 Dallas-Fort Worth recruits.

Simon Lee February 5, 20147:36 am

Bret Bielema ‏@BretBielema

Please welcome @khaliamalikhack to the Class of 2014. Excited he’s part of our family & all of Hog Nation

Simon Lee February 5, 20147:35 am

It’s official, Lonoke’s Blake Mack is a Red Wolf:

6-3, 200, Fr., WR, Lonoke, Ark. (Lonoke)

Helped lead Lonoke High School to a 9-3 record and the second round of the 4A state playoffs during senior season … Named to 2013 Arkansas Super Team by the AP … Made the 2014 Arkansas Activities Association East All-Star football team … Named to the 2013 4A All-State football team by the Arkansas Activities Association …

Caught 55 passes for 815 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, while also picking up 560 yards and eight touchdowns on 58 rushes . . . Also served as a return specialist on both the punt and kick return teams for Lonoke . . .

Recorded 127 receptions for 2,115 yards and 20 touchdowns during three seasons as a varsity letterman . . . Piled up 600 yards and nine touchdowns rushing during his career . . . Three-time all-conference selection . . .

3-star recruit by 247Sports.com, which also lists him as the No. 14 overall player in the state of Arkansas … Also plays basketball and track and field.

Simon Lee February 5, 20147:34 am

Bio for new A-State Red Wolf Kyle Harris:

6-4, 280, OL, Lindale, Ga. (Itawamba (Miss.) Community College)

Originally signed with South Carolina out of high school before transferring to Itawamba Community College . . . Part of Itawamba’s offensive line that helped lead the Indians to 429.3 yards of total offense per game in 2013 . . .

Played in three games as a true freshman at South Carolina in 2011 before receiving a medical redshirt for the 2012 season that saw him participate in four contests, including one as a starter . . .

Prior to signing with South Carolina, Harris was a two-time all-state selection at Pepperell High School in Lindale, Ga. . . . Also a three-time all-area choice, he was named PrepStars All-Southeast Region and invited to the Offense-Defense All-America Bowl as a senior . . . Rivals.com 3-star recruit . . .

Ranked as the No. 22 offensive guard in the nation by 247Sports.com.

Simon Lee February 5, 20147:19 am

The bio for former Razorback and new Red Wolf, AJ Turner:

6-2, 210, So., LB, Lepanto, Ark. (University of Arkansas)

University of Arkansas transfer who signed with Arkansas State midyear and will be able to participate in spring practices . . .

Redshirted the 2013 season at Arkansas after appearing in all 12 games, including the final six as a starter, during his true freshman season in 2012 . . .

Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after recording 53 tackles, the fifth-highest total on the team, including 3.5 tackles for loss with 1.0 sack . . . Recorded a career-high 12 tackles, with a career-high 1.5 for loss, in the 2012 season finale vs. No. 8 LSU . . .

Tallied 10 tackles versus Ole Miss in his second career start . . . Made his collegiate debut in the season-opening 49-24 victory vs. Jacksonville State and had one tackle . . . Made seven tackles at Texas A&M and had five stops in his first start, a 49-7 win versus Kentucky . . . Registered seven tackles, with 1.0 for loss, in a 19-15 win vs. Tulsa . . . Posted six tackles, including 1.0 sack, at No. 12 South Carolina and made five stops at Mississippi State . . . Highly decorated linebacker at East Poinsett County High School prior to signing with Arkansas . . .

No. 2 ranked player in Arkansas and 33rd-ranked outside linebacker in the nation by 247Sports.com, which also listed him as a 4-star recruit . . . No. 4 ranked player in the state and 47th-ranked outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com, and the 35th-rated outside linebacker by Scout.com . . .

As a two-way player for EPC, he made his mark on both sides of the ball and was named to the Arkansas Super Team by the Associated Press at linebacker . . . Collected 205 tackles, including 30 in one game, with 24 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception as a senior in 2011 when the Warriors advanced to the Class 2A state semifinals and finished the season 11-1 . . . As a junior, recorded 171 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, forced five fumbles and intercepted one pass in addition to scoring 21 touchdowns on offense . . . Caught 30 passes for 670 yards and 11 touchdowns and gained 457 yards and 10 touchdowns on 63 rushes as EPC played in the second round of the state playoffs . . .

Also played basketball and helped the Warriors win the state championship in 2011.

Simon Lee February 5, 20147:17 am

Here’s a bio on new Red Wolf Carderious Dean:

6-3, 235, Jr., LB, Byhalia, Miss. (Itawamba (Miss.) Community College)

Will have both have two years of eligibility remaining with the Red Wolves and will be able to practice with the team during its 2014 spring camp as a midyear signee . . . Recorded 68 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack and a pass break-up during the 2013 season . . .

Earned a place on the MACJC All-Star Football Classic roster, recording four tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss in the game . . . Freshman campaign saw him tally 22 tackles, three tackles for loss and a half sack . . .

Prior to attending ICC, he earned all-district recognition at Byhalia (Miss.) High School . . . Also named Byhalia’s Most Improved Player as a senior . . .

Ranked as the No. 18 inside linebacker in the nation by 247Sports.com.

Simon Lee February 5, 20147:12 am

Solomon Thomas has made his choice: He will be a Stanford Cardinal.

Simon Lee February 5, 20147:04 am

Mike Farrell ‏@rivalsmike

I still feel #Arkansas for Solomon Thomas despite some others sticking with #Stanford.

Simon Lee February 5, 20147:00 am

Bret Bielema ‏@BretBielema

Great start to the day and looking forward to many more fax and emails that make grown men dance around like little school girls… #woopig

Simon Lee February 5, 20146:50 am

Here’s a bio for new Razorback Khalia Hackett

LB, 6-3, 210, Douglasville, Ga. (South Paulding HS)

Hackett comes to Arkansas after he was given three stars by ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com. ESPN ranked him as the No. 52 linebacker in the country and the No. 63 overall prospect from Georgia.

In 2013, he registered 85 tackles, including four for loss, leading South Paulding to the playoffs for the first time in school history. The Spartans advanced to the second round of the 5A state playoffs and finished with a 10-2 record after consecutive six-win seasons.

Throughout his career, he recorded 165 tackles, six for loss, 1.5 sacks and five interceptions.

He was coached at South Paulding by Ed Kostner.

Hackett chose Arkansas after receiving offers from Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Cincinnati and East Carolina.

Simon Lee February 5, 20146:49 am

Here’s a look at new Razorback QB Rafe Peavey

QB, 6-2, 190, Bolivar, Mo. (Bolivar HS)

Peavey, a four-star, was rated as the No. 8 quarterback prospect by Tom Lemming. ESPN ranked him as the No. 4 prospect from Missouri and the No. 10 quarterback in the nation. He earned the No. 10 ranking among pro-style quarterbacks nationally from 247Sports.com, while Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 2 prospect from Missouri and the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the country.

He participated in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, finishing 7-of-11 passing for 71 yards and leading two scoring drives. Peavey led Bolivar to an undefeated regular season during his senior year. Bolivar won 12 consecutive games in 2013, including an 11th straight Central Ozark Conference championship and the Missouri Class 4, District 7 title.

Peavey’s Liberators were the first team to go 12-0 in school history, and the quarterfinals were the farthest the team advanced in 11 years.

In his senior season, he earned first-team all-state honors after he was 127-of-185 passing for 2,294 yards and 16 touchdowns and had 187 carries for 1,557 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns.

He had three additional winning seasons at Bolivar, finishing 9-3 his junior year, 9-2 his sophomore year and 8-1 on the freshman team while also rushing 11 times for 121 yards in varsity competition.

During his junior and sophomore seasons, he was 191-of-288 passing for 3,696 yards and 38 touchdowns and had 156 carries for 1,040 yards and 26 touchdowns.

He was an All-Central Ozarks Conference and all-district selection each of his three years as the starter and was also named the Central Ozarks Conference MVP.

He was coached at Bolivar by Lance Roweton.

Peavey chose Arkansas after receiving numerous offers, including Auburn, Missouri, Ole Miss and Kentucky.

Simon Lee February 5, 20146:47 am

Here’s a brief bio on new Razorback Chris Murphy

CB, 5-10, 180, Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter HS)

Murphy helped make history his senior season at Lassiter, as the Trojans repeated as Region 5-AAAAAA champions for the first time.

Rivals.com ranked him the 41st-best prospect in Georgia and 43rd in the country at his position. He was ranked as the 49th-best cornerback in the nation by ESPN.

He finished his final campaign with 31 tackles, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal. A second-team all-region selection as a junior, Murphy recorded 19 tackles, 15 pass breakups, three interceptions and one fumble recovery as Lassiter went undefeated with a 10-0 record during the 2012 regular season.

As a sophomore, Murphy registered two interceptions, 13 pass breakups and 27 tackles.

He was a five-time academic honor roll selection, has played the violin since kindergarten and participates in volunteer work with special education children.

He was coached at Lassiter by Jep Irwin. Murphy selected Arkansas from multiple offers, including Missouri, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State, Louisville, Arizona and Washington State.

Simon Lee February 5, 20146:45 am

Here’s a brief bio on Cody Hollister

WR, 6-4, 205, Bend, Ore. (Arizona Western/Mountain View HS)

Hollister was a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 20 junior college wide receiver in the country by ESPN. He was ranked as the No. 17 junior college prospect in Arizona and the No. 27 junior college wide receiver in the nation by 247Sports.com.

In his senior season at Mountain View High School in Bend, Ore., Hollister helped lead the Cougars to the 5A state championship and was named first-team all-state. He caught 12 passes for 146 yards in the state championship game, giving the city of Bend its first state title since 1940, and finished the 2011 season with 64 receptions for 1,038 yards and 15 touchdowns.

As a junior, he caught 72 passes for 1,270 yards and 15 touchdowns while helping Mountain View advance to the semifinal round of the state playoffs.

Following his prep career, Hollister redshirted as a freshman at Nevada before transferring to Arizona Western College.

In 2013, Hollister was a first-team all-conference selection after leading the team with 69 receptions for 934 yards and five touchdowns.

He was coached by Tom Monnick at Arizona Western and Steve Turner at Mountain View. Hollister also received scholarship offers from Wyoming and Troy.

He was involved with FCA and Athletes for Orphans while in high school in addition to playing basketball and baseball.

Simon Lee February 5, 20146:43 am

Here’s a brief bio on new Razorback, Jared Cornelius

WR, 6-1, 185, Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian Academy)

Cornelius was a three-star prospect according to ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Cornelius was ranked as the No. 23 prospect from Louisiana and the No. 89 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals. He was the No. 47 prospect in the state according to 247Sports.com.

Cornelius helped Evangel Christian win the District 1-3A championship and advance to the Louisiana Division II state semifinals during his senior season.

In 2013, Cornelius had 71 receptions for 1,189 yards and 16 touchdowns. The team achieved winning seasons during Cornelius’ career finishing 10-2 in 2013 and 12-3 in 2012.

In 2012, he had 90 receptions for 1,585 yards and 18 touchdowns.

He was coached at Evangel Christian by Byron Dawson and Phillip Dees.

Cornelius chose Arkansas over offers from Missouri, Tennessee, Houston, TCU and San Diego State.

Simon Lee February 4, 20144:15 pm

Speaking of ESPN’s Top 300, SI.Com’s Top Uncommitted Recruits Watch list features Solomon Thomas, DE, Coppell High (Coppell, Texas) Rivals.com rank: No. 3 strongside defensive end, No. 37 overall (according to SI.com) and No. 25 overall at ESPN

The skinny: Thomas is expected to pick one of three schools — UCLA, Arkansas or Stanford — after recently eliminating Ohio State and Texas from consideration. The Cardinal are considered the favorite to land Texas’ fourth-ranked player, who has received at least 25 scholarship offers from major conference schools. Thomas visited Palo Alto and Fayetteville last month, and he went to Westwood in December. He also hosted Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema for an in-home visit last week. At 6-3 and 263 pounds, Thomas is a physical presence off the edge who excels at stopping the run. He was named second team All-USA in 2013 by USA Today and was selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl.

Here are the others SI.com will be watching tomorrow…

http://college-football.si.com/2014/02/03/national-signing-day-uncommitted-recruits/

Thomas is expected to make his announcement official at around 7 a.m. on National Signing Day.

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  • Deltaboy

    Good day for all the Schools

  • Randy Hinton

    Great day to be a Red Wolf fan! So great to see the Arkansas high school kids signing with stAte!

    • Barry

      Looks like everybody did well. Good day for Redwolves, hogs, and Bears.

  • Ole Warrior

    Don’t know where you guys got the stars, must have been from 247. How does a player , before they commit is a two star then they commit to the Hogs , all of a sudden he’s a 3 star? Sounds a little rigged if you ask me.