Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Sunday recruiting tidbits
One of the nation's best running backs, Alex Collins has committed to Arkansas.
Arkansas hosted seven prospects on official visits this weekend and have added two more recruits to the commitment list and a third is likley.
Running back Alex Collins of South Plantation, Fla. HS was hosted by safter Rohan Gaines and said the two joked about dunking on one another. Really enjoyed Gaines as a host. He said he would rate the visit a high 8, 9 or 10. he said he thought highly of Arkansas before visiting and pretty much got what he expected. Very impressed with Arkansas communication department. He's looking to going into broadcasting and he took a tour of the facilities and said he could see himself there.
He admits the ongoing investigation into Miami makes his decision tougher because he doesn't think the Hurricanes will know the sanctions until after signing day. Will announce his decision on Feb. 4
UCLA commitment and offensive lineman Kenny Lacy of Phoenix Mtn. Pointe HS said the trip to Arkansas gave him something to think about. Very impressed with the facilities. He said the facilities were definitely the best he's seen and the new football complex will make them even better. He thought the fans would be great but they even better than what he expected. Plans to go home and talk to his family and then call Arkansas and let them know of his decision.
Offensive lineman Denver Kirkland was surprised and shock by Arkansas at the facilities. The weight room and indoor practice facility caught his eye. He said the visit helped the Hogs. Offensive line coach Sam Pittman was a guy he said you love to be around. The academic side of Arkansas impressed him and his mother. His mother was apparently very impressed with Arkansas. Will announce his decision on ESPN on signing day.
Offensive lineman Dwayne Johnson of Bellaire, Tx. HS had a very good visit and said he has a lot to think about now. He said the coaching staff stood out and how close the team was another eye opener. The facilities and the new complex to be completed was another highlight. Running back Jonathan Williams was his hosted. He liked Williams' personality and called him a funny guy.
He was leaning towards Nebraska and said he'll be evaluating things on the way home.
He loved the fans and called the fan base crazy. No idea when he'll make his decision.
It appears defensive lineman Monty Nelson of Plantation, Fla. will be committing to North Carolina State after the Hogs got Ke'Tyrus Marks today. Arkansas pretty much backed off of Nelson last week or so.
Marks is seeing others, including Miami come in after him. Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge has been on Marks for a long time. That and this weekend's visit sealed the deal.
Running back Denzell Evans of Bellaire said he will visit Arkansas on Feb. 1. He said Hog running backs coach Joel Thomas will visit him at home on Wednesday. He attends the same school as offensive lineman Dwayne Johnson.
Raleigh, (N.C.) receiver Corey Cooper, who committed to Syracuse today, said he may visit Arkansas on Feb. 1.
Osceola running back Korliss Marshall said Arkansas will get back with him on where he stands this week. Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge visited the school on Thursday.