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.
Monday recruiting tidbits
Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry received 25 scholarship offers, but trimmed that list to six before choosing Arkansas.
Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry declares he's all Hog after weekend visit.
The keys points on why he's all Hog:
He said called the Arkansas coaching staff "Awesome, just awesome" and believes everything is going in the right direction. Called the atmosphere of Arkansas "great"'.
Henry said Coach Bret Bielema is so easy talk to and believes he'll be straight up with him. He said Bielema was "So personable and awesome and relaxed with us." He also knows Bielema will be hard on the players during practice which he embraces. He enjoyed offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and tight end coach Barry Lunney Jr. Very impressed with both.
He said his parents, Mark and Jenny were probably even more impressed than him. So impressed with the coaching staff, the facilities and the general direction of the program.
Henry said he thought running back Altee Tenpenny had a good time and liked the weekend visit.
Athlete Marcus Davis of Delray Beach, Fla. said Hog cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson will visit him at school and at home either Tuesday or Wednesday. He plans to visit Feb. 1.
Tight end Brandon Vandenburg of College of the Desert in California said Arkansas has contacted him but will not visit the Hogs like he planned for this weekend. He committed to Vanderbilt over the weekend.
Athlete A.J. Tucker, 6-3, 192, 4.5 said he was contacted by Arkansas asst. coach Barry Lunney Jr. on Sunday and was asked for his senior highlight tape. He said Lunney would visit his school this week. Despite missing five games on offense because of a cast on his thumb, he had 28 receptions and 2 touchdowns. He made 31 tackles from his safety position. Senior highlights click here
More on A.J. Tucker from a blog post on June 22.
One of the more physically gifted prospects in the state, safety A.J. Tucker knows the early part of next season will be vital in his recruitment.
"I've been communicating heavily with Vanderbilt," Tucker said. "They seem to have a lot of interest in me, going down there July 15 for one of their camps. I get letters from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech, Florida State, Florida and Oklahoma."
Tucker, who plans to attend Arkansas' junior-senior prospect camp on July 21, has heard schools will be eyeing him the first few games.
"They all have told me they'll be watching the first two games," Tucker said. "So those first two I'll be focused on."
Tigers coach Scooter Register said the emergence of another receiver will allow Tucker to focus mostly on defense this upcoming season.
"He had a great spring, not only on the football field but in the classroom too," Register said. "A.J. is a great kid and he has a lot of potential and we're excited that we have him back for another year and hopefully get through this summer and get him stronger and get ready for the fall."
Register isn't sure Tucker understands how talented he is and how far his skills can take him.
"I think that may be part of A.J.'s problem," Register said. "He really doesn't realize how good he could be and if we can get him to that mindset and getting him going this fall I think you'll see an outstanding football player."
Tucker , who reports a 260 pound bench press, 385 squat and 32 inch vertical, said he feels at home at safety.
"I love contact," he said. "I love interceptions I can read routes and jump on them easy."
Running back Denzell Evans of Bellaire, Tx. said Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman and running backs coach Joel Thomas are about to visit with him and offensive lineman Dewayne Johnson in minutes.
An Arkansas video show gives prospects insight to the Hogs' weight and conditioning program under Ben Herbert.
Running back Denzell Evans of Bellaire, Tx. said Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman and running backs coach Joel Thomas left his house not long ago and are now on their way to visit his teammate and offensive lineman Dewayne Johnson. He said he will visit Arkansas Feb. 1 instead of this weekend. Initially it sounded like the two would visit with Pittman and Johnson in one place but that's not the case.
On Sunday, Evans said Johnson was committing to Nebraska but he said today that doesn't appear to be the case but he remains highly interested in the Huskers. Johnson was set to visit the Hogs this weekend.
Arkansas asst. coach Barry Lunney Jr. will be at Little Rock Central on Friday to check on athlete A.J. Tucker.
Athlete D.J. Dean of Newton, Tx received an offer from Arkansas after an in-home visit tonight with DC Chris Ash. He said it's high possibility he'll commitment on his official visit this weekend. He was a one-time commitment to Utah but reopened his recruiting. He has family in Little Rock and Hope and he plans to call them tomorrow with the good news. Very, very excited about the offer.
The Hogs are recruiting him as a cornerback.
Defensive lineman Ke'Tyrus Marks, 6-2, 285, 4.9, seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast will get a visit from Hog Coach Bret Bielema and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge on Wednesday. Earlier story click here
Arkansas defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. visited Springdale on Friday to check on 2014 running back Deandre Murray and tight end Josiah Wymer. Memphis and Auburn will be by the school this week. Click here for Murray's highlights Click here for Wymer's highlights