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.
Top safety planning Arkansas visit
Safety Steven Parker II.
Arkansas appears to be set to receive a visit from one of Oklahoma's more highly recruited prospects, safety Steven Parker.
"I've already planned on taking a visit down there," Parker said. "I don't know a specific date yet. My dad and I have talked about it and we think we can get down there sometime soon."
Parker, 6-3, 190 pounds of Jenks High School has scholarship offers from 24 schools, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M. He's rated as the No. 58 prospect in the nation by national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network.
He said Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash, who visited his school on Friday, told him that he's a good fit for the Hogs' defensive scheme.
“They’ve been looking for taller, fast safeties to cover more field and come up to make the tackle," Parker said in Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. "That’s what he said he wanted.”
Parker, who received an Arkansas scholarship offer about three weeks ago, ran a time of 4.6 seconds in the 40 yard dash at school last year. He's looking forward to this year's testing session.
"I already know I've gotten a lot faster," Parker said. "So I'm pretty anxious to see what my time is."
Relationships will help determine Parker's college destination.
"Just talking to the coaches and getting a great relationship with them," Parker said. "I like a lot of tradition in the program. Visiting the school and seeing if I'll be comfortable with my surroundings and if that can be a place I can be there for four years. I think the main reason to go to that school is having a great relationship with the coaches."