Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Parent impressed with UA and Klenakis
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/MICHAEL WOODS -- Arkansas offensive line coach Chris Klenakis works with the offensive line during a 2010 practice at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
In Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Greg Bennett, the father of highly recruited receiver Austin Bennett, who's orally committed to Oklahoma, said his son will make an official visit to Arkansas in January.
Bennett, 6-0, 170, 4.42 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Manvel, Texas committed to the Razorbacks in March but reopened his recruiting after Bobby Petrino was fired as head coach and eventually pledged to Oklahoma.
He will be accompanied by his teammate and cornerback Tavares Garner, 5-11, 180, 4.38 seconds in the 40 yard dash, on the trip to Fayetteville. Garner is committed to Texas A&M.
National recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network rates Bennett and Garner as 3- star plus prospects.
Greg Bennett, who's an assistant coach at Manvel high school, said previous visits to Arkansas made him and his wife fond of Fayetteville.
"Every restaurant we went into was everybody was genuinely nice and friendly and it's about Razorback football," Greg Bennett said. "We really fell in love with the place. My wife loves the place. It's just unfortunate the Petrino incident ruined it for us, I guess."
Arkansas inked Manvel defensive end Taiwan Johnson in February. The elder Bennett thinks highly of Hog offensive line coach Chris Klenakis as a person and as a recruiter.
"I think he has a genuine interest for kids and a genuine interest for the player and it's not all about football," Bennett said. "I've seen him interact with not only my son but other kids he's recruited at our school. You can tell when a person is generally interested in an individual and it's not just recruiting. He's just a real person."