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.
Sam excited about upcoming visit
Joel Thomas is Arkansas' running backs coach after spending four years at Washington.
Allen, Texas linebacker Christian Sam is expected to visit Arkansas this weekend in large part because of what he's heard from Razorback running back Jonathan Williams, who signed with the Hogs from Allen high school.
Sam, 6-3, 208, 4.58 seconds in the 40 yard dash, reports eight scholarship offers, including Oklahoma, Boise State, Texas Tech and SMU. He's looking for the Hogs to join the list of offers.
"He said it's nice up there," said Sam of Williams. "He speaks highly about the coaches. He said they're all cool. He said the off season is hard work but that's really not a big deal to me. You have to have hard work to be successful . He said the fans are crazy. He always talks up the fans. I really like that."
Running backs coach Joel Thomas is recruiting Sam, who said he calls Thomas and talks to him on Twitter by direct message.
"He's cool," Sam said. "I really like him. He's straight up with me. I like that. I really don't have all that much experience but of what I know some coaches won't always be straight up with you. He told me when it's time to work, it's time to work but he has a good side to him."
Sam, who has a 3.0 grade point average, plans to major in broadcast journalism.
"I've always admired the ESPN college football commentators," Sam said. "I want to stay close to close to college football if the NFL doesn't work out for me so I can have something to fall back on."
The atmosphere outside of football is vitally important for Sam's college decision.
"Would I enjoy that school outside of football and really like it," he said. "I just don't want to be there for football because I'm going to have to go to classes. After that, the coaches of course. I want to be comfortable and trust the coaches and then there's the whole program itself."