Hog prospects tune up for season
Conway and North Little Rock’s scrimmage on Tuesday was last tune up for both teams and three Arkansas prospects before the regular season.
For Hog commitment, running back Juan Day, 6-2, 210, 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, it was a rehearsal for his senior season when he’ll be the workhorse for the Charging Wildcats after splitting
time as a junior with Altee Tenpenny, who’s a freshman at Alabama.
“Juan has to carry the rock a bunch for us,” North Little Rock Coach Brad Bolding said. “He’s looked great since the spring. I think last year he was still concerned about getting over that ankle (injury) and concerned about making cuts but he looks like a totally different running back.”
Day, who’s expected to visit the Razorbacks for the Louisiana-Lafayette game on Saturday, rushed 115 times for 930 yards and 13 touchdowns in nine games as a junior.
Bolding said Day is equal to Tenpenny, who was rated the No. 46 prospect in the nation by national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.
“He’s right there with Altee and Altee is playing Saturday,” Bolding said.
Arkansas is also high on North Little Rock junior receiver K.J. Hill, who was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Super Sophomore team.
Hill, 6-0, 178, 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, had 48 receptions for 845 yards, 11 touchdowns and 27 carries for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns at Bryant last year. He earned a scholarship offer from Auburn in July 29 after attending a Tigers’ camp.
“He’s had an awesome camp,” Bolding said. “He’s another we have to get the ball to. We have to do a better job getting the ball to him. He ‘s an SEC player. He’s has to get a lot of touches.”
Conway junior offensive lineman Colton Jackson, an Arkansas commitment, is one of the more usual recruiting stories.
Jackson, 6-6, 291 pounds didn’t play as a sophomore but added strength and about 50 pounds of good weight through hard work during the offseason.
“The first thing that jumps out is how much weight he’s put on,” said Wampus Cats Coach Clint Ashcraft of Jackson’s development. “He stayed in offseason all year and that really paid off. His strength numbers shot up.”
He participated in Arkansas’ Elite Prospect Camp in July and impressed Coach Bret Bielema and offensive line coach Sam Pittman and earned a scholarship offer and committed the next day.
“Athletically he probably could’ve played last year but I think the mental side was too much for him,” Ashcraft said. “He was in our sophomore period and really started figuring things out. This spring it was a like a light came on. He understands what we’re doing and his assignment is on every call. Not only the metal side but the physical side has really surged.”
Jackson is a young man of few words but leads through example.
“He’s been one of our leaders not necessarily vocally because he doesn’t say a lot,” Ashcraft said. “But getting his assignments right and being here and being here early and having a great attitude. Those things are real evident when you’re around him.”