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.
Brown with 40 plus offers has high interest in Hogs
Taver Johnson, who coached Arkansas' linebackers in 2012, will coach cornerbacks next season.
Arkansas signed one the their strongest offensive line classes in recent memory last week and is now on the hunt for top junior prospects.
Cornerback coach Taver Johnson is the lead recruiter of Orlando Brown, one of the more heavily recruited offensive linemen in the nation for the 2014 class.
Brown, 6-8, 343 pounds of Duluth, (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge already reports more than 40 scholarship offers, including Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and others. He said in Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette he had a very high interest in the Razorbacks and planned a visit in a month or so.
"He recruited Bradley Roby from my school who's an Ohio State player now," said Brown of Johnson. "I know he's a great coach and he knows what he's talking about."
Brown is also attracted to Coach Bret Bielema's success of producing top flight offensive linemen.
"He's a great coach and I know he knows what he's doing," Brown said. "He's going to take what he did at Wisconsin and bring it to the SEC."
Bielema and Johnson wasted no time in letting know he's wanted in Fayetteville. Brown's coach arranged for him to talk to the two coaches over the phone on signing day.
Brown, whose father is the late Orlando Brown Sr. who played for the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns, said his father passed along wisdom and natural ability.
"Definitely the genetics helped me and it definitely shows up in my film and in my work ethic." he said.
The personable Brown has a 3.0 grade point average and is looking to major in business with an eye on sports management while also considering hospitality as a major.
Brown, who plans to also visit Georgia, Florida State and Oklahoma in the next few months, must have confidence in his position coach.
"Definitely a great offensive line coach," Brown said. "I want to play for a winning team. I understand Arkansas had a down year but every college has those."