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.
Linebacker high on Hogs after visit
Arkansas assistant coaches Sam Pittman (left) and Chris Ash work with the Razorbacks during practice Saturday morning in Fayetteville.
After visiting Arkansas on Tuesday, linebacker Traver Jung said he could see himself playing his college football in Fayetteville.
It was great," Jung said. "I like what I saw. It would be a good fit for me."
Jung, 6-4, 220, 4.45 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Greenville, (Ms.) Weston is a 2013 graduate who was drawing interest from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Arkansas State but his ACT score kept him from being qualified. He's likely headed to Holmes Community College with plans to transfer after one season.
"All needs is a 18 to qualify because he has a 2.4 (GPA)," said Weston offensive coordinator Greg Hendrix. "I have no doubt he's going to do that."
Hendrix, who was a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 2008 and 2009, said watching film of Jung doesn't tell the full story about his talents.
"Seeing Traver on film is one thing but seeing him in person is another," Hendrix said.
Arkansas is also recruiting defensive end Gerri Green, 6-4, 215, 4.56 seconds in the 40 yard dash from the same school.
" Seeing these guys on film doesn't do them justice," Hendrix said. "When you see these guys in person there's no doubt they're Division I , SEC talent."
Jung liked what he saw of the football program and the campus. He was also impressed with the Hog coaches.
"Just how the coaches show that they care," he said.
Jung recorded 85 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 1 pass deflection, and a recovered fumble this past season. Hendrix said Jung has only played two years of football.
"He doesn't mind coming downhill and put a lick on somebody," he said. "He's fearless, very confident football player he doesn't complain, quiet kid. Not a vocal leader but leads with his play on the field."
Jung received some encouragement from the coaches.
"They were telling me to get my score up and I should be a good fit at Arkansas," Jung said.
The Razorback fans and their rabid support stuck out to Jung.
"All you see is Hog fans," he said.
Hendrix said defensive coordinator Chris Ash and linebackers coach Randy Shannon liked what they saw of Jung.
"He jumped out of his chair pretty quick," said Hendrix of Ash. "Coach Shannon was very impressed with him and coach Shannon has been some very good linebackers. They were all impressed with Traver just the upside that he has."
If asked back for a visit, Jung said he would be more than happy to come back and see the new football complex. .
"Whenever I can I'll be glad to come back down to Arkansas after they get everything done," Jung said. "I would love to see it then. It looks like it's going to be great."
He said Arkansas keeping tabs next year and possibly coming back to Fayetteville is fine with him.
"I don't really have a problem with it, because everything happens for a reason," Jung said.