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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.

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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.

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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.

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