Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
Hogs class rated Top 15 by OXFan.com
Moses Kingsley signed Thursday with Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK National Director of Basketball for XOFan.com network Van Coleman rates Arkansas coach Mike Anderson's two man class of power forward Bobby Portis, 6-9 1/2, 220 pounds and center Moses Kingsley, 6-10, 220 as the No. 12 class in the nation.
"They definitely needed the inside help and they got it in the two kids they signed," said Coleman, who also operates Hot100hoops.com scouting service.
"They made themselves better athletically out front. They got a defensive shot blocker in Kingsley and a guy that can flat out score in Portis."
Portis of Little Rock Hall chose the Razorbacks over scholarship offers from Florida, Baylor and Nebraska in August before his junior year Coleman rates him the No. 13 prospect in the nation.
"I think they really added two big pieces for the future to make their press more affective, to make their half court offense more affective." Coleman said.
Kingsley of Huntington Prep in West Virginia chose the Hogs over approximately 20 scholarship offers, including Louisville, Florida, North Carolina State, Memphis and Ole Miss.
"I have them tied for the 2nd best two man class in the recruiting class behind Florida," Coleman said. "That says a lot because the SEC has great recruiting classes for the league overall but Arkansas is right up there with one of the better classes."
In the SEC, Coleman rates the classes of Kentucky, LSU and Florida ahead of Arkansas'.
"It's only because when you have a two man class," Coleman said. "LSU signed five guys, Kentucky signed four or five and they have three guys in the top ten."
All in all, Coleman said the Hogs did well.
"You get a top twenty kid and a top fifty type kid, that's a good recruiting year." Coleman said.