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.
Collins and Kirkland inspires top OL in wanting to visit Hogs
In Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, offensive lineman Trevor Darling talked about wanting to take an official visit to Arkansas.
Darling, 6-5, 310, 5.3 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Miami Central high school pledged to Miami last spring. He credits the Hogs' signing running back Alex Collins and offensive lineman Denver Kirkland out of south Florida and offensive line coach Sam Pittman for wanting to check out the Razorbacks.
"I don't know him that well," said Darling of Kirkland. "I've seen him at camps and exchanged words and things like that. I've heard about him at school. "
Darling combines the physical talent and smarts (3.5 grade point average) to be a top-notch college offensive tackle.
"I'm not sure I how many offers I have," said Darling, who reports a 315 pound bench press while doing 10 reps of 315 on the squat . "But I'm sure I have a few offers. I'll have to talk to my coach."
The Hogs and another school have Darling interested.
"I would like to visit Arkansas officially," he said. "Louisville too."
Darling, who's looking to major in physical therapy or business, thinks highly of Arkansas' addition of Collins.
"That was a good one there," Darling said. "I liked the way they recruited Miami and getting the best guys out of Miami. He's fast and he runs the ball hard. "
Landing Collins and Kirkland elevated Arkansas in Darling's eyes.
"It really did." Darling said.