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.
Thursday recruiting tidbits
One of Arkansas' top recruiting targets has set a date to visit Fayetteville. Cornerback Raymond Wingo, 6-1, 174, 4.31 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of St. Louis University High School will visit the Hogs June 29.
He had a best of 10.49 seconds in the 100 meters this spring. He may also visit on the 28th but that has yet to be decided. Numerous family members are expected to accompany him on the visit.
Wingo has about 14 scholarship offers, including Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Nebraska, Michigan State and Kansas State. The Hogs were the first to offer in the fall.
Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash is his lead recruiter.
Pine Bluff junior tight end Will Gragg, 6-4, 238, 4.8 seconds in the 40 yard dash, has named Ole Miss as his early leader. He has offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss and Alabama. The Hogs were the first school to offer him last summer. He attended the Razorbacks' prospect camp on Monday.
Running back Sione Palelei, 5-10, 197, 4.35 seconds on the 40 yard dash, of Gonzales, (La.) East Ascension said he's still trying to visit the Hogs in July but has to see if his father can get off from work first. He reports scholarship offers from Arkansas, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Georgia Tech and others. He visited the Razorbacks for the spring game. Receivers coach Michael Smith and running backs coach Joel Thomas are recruiting him.
Safety Kirk Tucker, 6-2, 187, 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Tucker, Georgia said he won't be able to visit in July because his high school has a mandatory camp he has to attend. He visited the Hogs for the spring game and named Arkansas in his top five after spending time with Coach Bret Bielema and seeing the campus. Cornerbacks Taver Johnson is lead recruiter.
Power forward Tory Miller, 6-8, 242 pounds of New Hampton Prep in New Hampshire will visit Arkansas Saturday through Tuesday with his uncle and former Arkansas guard Clint McDaniel.
Miller has about 10 offers, including Marquette and Tennessee. He attended Lee's Summit North High School in Missouri before going to prep school.
Safety C.J. Hampton of Meridian, Miss. said Arkansas is one of his top eight schools on the Recruiting Thursday radio show tonight. He plans to reveal his other seven schools during The Opening at Nike Headquarters in about two weeks.
Also on Recruiting Thursday, defensive lineman Abu Lamin of Fort Scott Community College said he will make an official visit to Arkansas on July 17 or 18th. He's visiting Florida this weekend and South Carolina the following weekend.