Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Thursday recruiting tidbits
Hunter Henry is rated the nation's best tight end by analyst Tom Lemming.
S Tiquention Coleman and LB Neville Hewitt of Georgia Military College flew out of Fayetteville at about 12:20 today to end their official visits that started on Tuesday.
Coleman, 5-10, 194, 4.47 switched his commitment from Wisconsin to the Hogs on Wednesday. He cited the chance to play in the SEC and his relationship with Razorback Coach Bret Bielema as main reasons for the flip.
Neville, 6-3, 215, 4.5 said he loved his visit and being able to spend time witb the players. He said Bielema likes him as a player and will continue to evaluate him. He was hosted by DE Chris Smith while Coleman was hosted by S Rohan Gaines.
Pulaski Academy TE Hunter Henry, 6-5, 235, 4.8 will visit Arkansas during the Jan. 18-20 weekend. His thoughts on the hiring of Jim Chaney as the Hogs OC. Click here
One of the top prospects in the 2014 class, ath. Deion Holliman, 5-8, 170, 4.4 of Camden Fairview power cleaned 300 pounds today. Cardinal Coach Buck James has said Holliman is pound for pound the strongest athlete that's been in the program in the last eight years. Click here for highlights
Hartnell College CB Carroll Washington met with Bielema this afternoon at his school and was impressed with his plans for Arkansas and him. He said Bielema stressed how he's going to assemble a great staff to make him and others the best they can be.
Washington plans to go back home to Baltimore on Saturday and talk things over with his family and make a final decision. He visited Miss. St. recently and plans to decided between them and Arkansas. He said he should make his decision on Sunday.
It's my understanding that Bielema is heading to Oregon to visit to Hog LB commitment Myke Tavarres.
Hog commitment TE Deondre Skinner said he talked to former Hog DE coach Steve Caldwell and he was told him Coach Bielema has tried to call him but he missed the call. He plans to call him soon.
Arkansas commitments, RB Kaleb Blanchard of Denham Springs, La. and WR Jervenski Johnson of Amite La. said they haven't not heard from Bielema.of Denham Springs
2014 DL Josh Frazier of Springdale Har-Ber tweeted he has been offered by Auburn.
7: 28 update
OL Reeve Koehler, 6-3, 310, 5.2 of Honolulu, Hawaii St. Louis HS said will take an official visit to Arkansas. He will also plans to visit Cal or Oregon. He was offered by new Arkansas OL coach Sam Pittman on Wednesday. Very excited to about the SEC and looks forward to his visit. Thinks very highly of Pittman and that's key for his interest.
CB Carroll Washington tweeted that he's done and it's official that he will be a Hog.
7: 40 update
LB Myke Tavarres of College of the Siskiyous said Biemela just left his school. He said felt very comfortable and was at ease with him. He said the visit was very positive for the Hogs. Sounds like he's made a decision but isn't ready to say but that will be revealed in about 7-10 days when he makes his final decision. He said Bielema left to go to Oregon to visit with his parents.
11: 14 update
Tennessee commitment DE Joe Sanders of LaGrange, Ga. said he's interested in visiting Arkansas.
Forrest City DE Tevin Beanum said Ole Miss wants him to visit Jan. 25, a week after his official visit to Arkansas. He wants to talk to Bielema before deciding to visit Ole Miss or not.
OL Christian Morris of Memphis East said he won't be visiting Arkansas. He's a UCLA commitment.
LB Antonio Longino of Hutchinson C.C. said asst. coach Bobby Allen stopped by his school today for about two hours. He visited for the Rutgers game. Allen has been his lead recruiter during the recruiting process. He said he has spoken to Bielema and the head Hog will make an in-home visit in Jan. when he's back home in Cleveland. He has Arkansas, Miss. St., Auburn and Arizona St. as his top schools. Very high on Hogs.
Tennessee commitment LB Colton Goeas, 6-2, 248, 4.7 of Honolulu, Hawaii St. Louis HS said he's very interested in Arkansas after the hiring of Sam Pittman as the Hogs OL coach. He said he hasn't been contacted yet but if he's offered an official visit he will take one. He gave a ringing endorsement of Pittman.
His father Leo, played in the NFL for eight years. He and Reeve Koehler are very close.
Goeas reports 485 pound bench press.
12:02 a.m. Fri. update
Tennessee commitment OL Dan Skipper, 6-10, 295, 4.97 of Arvada, (Colo.) Ralston Valley said he and Pittman have talked about setting up a possible visit. He said he's 90% sure he'll visit. He just wants to make sure an offer comes through. Skipper will officially visit Michigan this weekend.