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.
U.S. Army All American updates
Offensive tackle Brian Wallace Jr. was one of the best at his position during the week of practice before the U.S. Army All American game on Saturday.
SAN ANTONIO The West squad in the U.S. Army All American game features one Arkansas commitment and five others the Hogs are actively recruiting.
The West practiced for about two hours this morning and will return to the field for another session that should end about 3 today.
A few notes from this morning.
OT Brian Wallace Jr. of St. Louis Christian Brothers said he will decide from Arkansas and Alabama during Saturday's game. He said both schools have the facilities, education and football programs and the home feeling he's looking for.
He praised his relationship with Coach Bret Bielema and offensive line coach Sam Pittman. He's very long even for his 6-6 frame. He said he's hasn't made a decision at this time.
WR Frank Iheanacho of Houston Westside looked more like a smaller, shifty receiver with the way he was able to get by the corners in press coverage and then throw in his height and you can see why his recruiting sky rocketed this season.
LB Kenny Young of John Curtis Christian in River Ridge, La. looked comfortable covering all skill guys during the morning session.
Hog DL commit Bjjhon Jackson of El Dorado, DL Josh Frazier of Springdale Har-Ber and DE Solomon Thomas of Coppell, Texas are also on the West team.
Iheanacho continued to look good in the afternoon session. Hard to see him not making a big impact as a freshman at the school he attends. He said discounted thoughts of him being down to Oregon and Texas A&M.
Thomas said the Hogs are high on his list because of the coaching staff and how they care about the players. Impressed how the staff focuses on improving the team GPA. Arkansas, Ohio State, UCLA, Stanford and Texas are the finalists. He said the Hogs were recruiting him the hardest. He mentioned Bielema and RB coach Joel Thomas working him hard with private messages on Twitter.
He'll officially visit the Hogs on Jan. 24.
Jackson said he plans to talk to Solomon Thomas throughout the week. He said he doesn't sell the Hogs to Thomas and others, but focuses more on developing a relationship in hopes they pick the Razorbacks.
Going back to the earlier post on Wallace, he may have the longest reach I've seen on a young man his size. The reach catches your eye as soon as you see him.
Asked athlete Davion Hall of Texarkana Libtery-Eylau if the Hogs were totally out of the picture and he said yes. The Baylor commitment is also considering Texas A&M.
Frazier said a visit to Arkansas in Jan. is unlikely with the departure of Charlie Partridge. Jackson also mentioned that Frazier seemed pretty solid to Alabama.
The linemen were going half speed today while going against one another. Hard to get a read standouts. Understandable for the first practice.
Athlete Joshua Liddell of Dollarway tweeted that he has received an offer from Boise State. He committed to Arkansas State while Bryan Harsin was at Jonesboro. He's also being looked at by Arkansas.