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.
Vandenburg takes liking to Chaney's offense
Because junior college tight end Brandon Vandenburg sees opportunity at Arkansas along with a offense that utilizes his position, he has scheduled a Jan. 25 official visit.
Vandenburg, 6-6, 260, 4.7 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Palm Desert, (Calif.) Community College reports having approximately 30 scholarship offers. Offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Jim Chaney is his lead recruiter. 2012 highlights click here
" First of all, the need they have for tight end," Vandenburg said. "I'll have a good opportunity to be the starter and obviously what type of offense they run. If it's a tight end oriented offense and lastly the coaching staff and how I feel about the coaching staff. Those are three key things that attracted me to Arkansas and that's why i want to go and check it out. "
Arkansas along with Vanderbilt and Tennessee are the finalists for Vandenburg, who plans official visits to the Commodores Jan. 18 and the Volunteers Feb. 1.
"I've talked to a few other coaches on the phone briefly but it's almost completely coach Chaney," Vandenburg said. "I haven't met him in person yet. Over the phone he seems like a good guy and he's real passionate about the game of football and pretty well versed."
Under Chaney, Tennessee featured a balance attack with close to 2,000 rushing yards and more than 3,700 passing yards. Vandenburg said Chaney told him of Arkansas' philosophy.
"They're going to run and pound first," Vandenburg said. "They're going to run the ball, run it down their throat I like that. Then they're going to play action a ton off of their running game once they establish that. I like the idea of that because that gets tight ends open all of the time. You get to do a little bit of everything. You get to run routes, you get to pass block and you get to run block."
Vandenburg isn't sure what will put a school over the top.
"I hope to find that out on my visits to be honest," he said. "I think the coaching staff I fit best with and the players. I think it's going to come to me about what feels right."
Vandenburg plans to major in business and eventually earn his masters.
"I like a lot of different things in business," he said. "I like real estate, I like investment banking I like my economy classes I've taken. I like accounting."