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.
Wynne athlete catches Arkansas coach's eye
LITTLE ROCK Wynne sophomore Ross Trail caught the eye of the Arkansas coaches while at a Hogs’ camp over the summer. His size, speed and upside has coach Chris Hill excited about Trail’s future.
“Ross is a big kid, he’s about 6-3, 195 right now,” Hill said. “He’ll probably be 210, 215 by next fall. He has a real quick release, throws a good tight spiral. His future looks bright. He’s going to do some good things. He runs the ball well. He’s probably a 4.7, 4.8 right now but this time next year we hope to get him below 4.7.”
Trail, who’s splitting time with junior Reed Wingo, has completed 38 of 57 passes for 447 yards , 6 touchdowns while throwing an interception. On the ground, he has 39 rushes for 201 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Hill said Trail has quickly picked up the picked the Yellowjackets spread offense.
“It’s a lot to ask out of a sophomore to run our offense with all the checks and everything we do It takes a little while to get the full understanding of what we’re trying to do offensively,” Hill said. “He’s done a great job of adapting from junior high to high school. It’s a big step. ”
Hill believes Trail’s skill level will progress and could make him one of the top 2015 recruits in the state.
“I think in two years, I think he can be as good as there is the state of Arkansas,” Hill said. “He could easily be 215 this time next year and 225 by the time he’s a senior so 6-3, 6-4 and 225 that can run well and quick release and has a good arm so it’s according to how good he wants to be.”