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.
Kraus wanted at Arkansas
Bentonville tight end Jack Kraus races to the end zone on a 33-yard catch and run Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, during the Tigers' Class 7A playoff game at Tiger Stadium in Bentonville.
Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema and his staff let Bentonville tight end Jack Kraus know they want him as a part of the Razorback program during his visit on Saturday.
Kraus, 6-5, 240, 4.9 seconds in the 40 yard dash, added an Arkansas scholarship offer in January to go along with ones from Illinois and Utah State. Junior highlights click here
"They weren't pressuring me or anything," Kraus said. "They were just explaining that I could help recruit the rest of the class for 2014 and how they really believe I could be a good player for them. They haven't really asked me when the time frame was but I told them I was just trying to enjoy the process."
Kraus, who was accompanied by his parents, said Arkansas' academic support staff and coaching staff impressed.
"The coaching relationships between the coaches," Kraus said. "They all like each other. That was really cool."
The new football complex was the highlight of the day.
"It's second to none," Kraus said. "It's still under construction but like training room... the recovery tub they're putting in there it's the largest in the country. The locker room it was just incredible and the weight room and everything was just awesome. "
He and his parents liked Arkansas' focus on academics.
"I was able to learn certain statistics about their academics," Kraus said. "They pride themselves in a being a student-athlete instead of being a athlete-student."