Wednesday recruiting tidbits

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Offensive lineman Reeve Koehler pledged to the Hogs during his official visit.
Offensive lineman Reeve Koehler pledged to the Hogs during his official visit.

Linebacker Quinton Powell of Daytona Beach, (Fla.) Mainland has decided to visit Oregon on Feb. 1 instead of Arkansas.

Florida will do an in-home visit with running back Alex Collins of Plantation,(Fla.) South on Thursday. Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge visited Collins' school on Tuesday.

Offensive lineman Reeve Koehler of Honolulu St. Louis high school said he's talked to Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema and offensive line coach Sam Pittman since his Friday in-home visit. He said the coaches let him know they can't wait for him to get to Fayetteville for his official visit this weekend.

An overlooked text message at 6:46 p.m. on Tuesday from safety Khari Harding of Edmond, Okla. said he and his father were discussing on whether or not to visit the Hogs this weekend. The Arkansas commitment appeared to be visiting elsewhere but there's a chance he makes the trip to Fayetteville.

9:43 update

Athlete and Clemson commitment Jayron Kearse of Fort Meyers, Florida tweeted he has received an offer from Arkansas.

10:24 update

Receiver Frank Brown of Palm Beach Gardens has tweeted that Arkansas and Bowling Green will visit him today.

10:52 update

Fort Meyers, (Fla.) South Fort Meyers coach Grant Redhead said Clemson commitment Jayron Kearse is solid to the Tigers. No interest in the Hogs.

1:25 update

Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and running backs coach Joel Thomas arrived at North Little Rock high school about 1:15 to check on running back Altee Tenpenny, who's plans to make an official visit to Fayetteville this weekend. They will do an in-home visit with Tenpenny later.

Receiver Corey Cooper of Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook tweeted he will officially visit Arkansas Jan. 25. He was teammates with Fayetteville quarterback Austin Allen and running back Alex Collins of Plantation, (Fla.) South on the East squad at the Semper Fi All American Bowl game in Carson, California earlier in the month. Collins will also visit the 25th.

2:11 update

Running back Lorenzo Woodley, 6-0, 210, 4.50 of Miami Columbus said he talked to Hog running backs coach Joel Thomas on Tuesday and was told he would get back with him later in the week. He has officially visited Purdue and plans a visit to Cincinnati on Jan. 25. Very interested in Arkansas. Reports 20 plus offers.

3:14 update

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6:07 update

All purpose running back Daryl Chestnut Jr.of Miami Columbus said he has talked to Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas and he said they're trying to set up a visit. He's teammates with Lorenzo Woodley.

When asked by text message if he was still planning to visit Arkansas, running back Jordan Wilkins of Cordova, (Tn.) St Benedict replied I'm not sure yet.

Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman visited Bellaire (Tx.) high school at about 10:30 this morning to see running back Denzell Evans and offensive lineman Dwayne Johnson, who's expected to visit Fayetteville Jan. 25 while Evans said he's not sure if he'll visit Jan. 25 or Feb. 1.

7:37 update

Missouri commitment and athlete Donovahn Jones,, 6-3, 195, 4.45 of Hampton, (Ga.) Dutchtown high school said he and his father are trying to work out arrangements to visit Arkansas Feb. 1. His basketball schedule is making plans to visit more complicated. Hog linebacker coach Randy Shannon visited his school on Tuesday. He didn't realize until later that Shannon use to be the head coach at Miami.

Jones, who has family on his mother's side in Prescott, said he grew up a Miami fan and remembers Shannon but didn't know where he had landed until Tuesday. He has officially visited Missouri and Minnesota.

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema is either about to see or is seeing tight end-defensive end Antonio Zepeda of Phoenix, Ariz. Camelback before he heads to make an in-home visit with Phoenix Brophy receiver Devon Allen at 7:30 mountain time.

8:09 update

North Little Rock running back Altee Tenpenny said he was only able to talk to Hog offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and running backs coach Joel Thomas for a short period of time during the school visit today. He had track practice and then had to go home to get ready and head to the Landers award tonight.

Chaney and Thomas were able to spend time with his parents at the house. Tenpenny said Thomas was a cool coach and one he could see himself playing. He said he's looking forward to his official visit to Arkansas this weekend.

9:40 update

Cornerback Lamar Robbins of Miami Southridge will decide between Arkansas and South Forida for his fifth official visit early next week. Linebacker coach Randy Shannon did an in-home visit with him tonight and South Florida visited him today at school. The in-home was for about an hour. Before Robbins made it home, Shannon had spent time talking to his mother.

He said Shannon has made a big impression on him in a short period of time and is a guy he feels very comfortable talking to. He's heading to Louisville this weekend for a visit.

10:27 update

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and head track coach Chris Bucknam made an in-home visit with receiver Devon Allen and his father tonight. Allen said UCLA did the same thing when they made a visit by bringing the football and track coach at the same time.

He said his father, Louis was very impressed and he's not easily impressed. Like so many other recruits, Allen said Bielema is such an easy guy to talk to and he makes you feel like you've known him for a long time in a short period of time. He said Bielema told him the receiver coach will see him next week. Allen said he couldn't tell him because things aren't finalized.

The visit definitely helped Arkansas in the eyes of Allen and he's very excited for his Feb. 1 visit.


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