Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Hogs jump into mix for top receiver
University of Arkansas assistant coach Joel Thomas during media day Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 at the Fred W. Smith Football Center in Fayetteville.
Arkansas is one of the latest schools to extend a scholarship offer to rising receiver Frank Iheanacho, who’s up to 20 offers.
Iheanacho, 6-7, 220 pounds of Houston Westside is one of the more interesting stories in recruiting after starting the season with no offers and now has offers from schools like Arkansas, Texas A&M, LSU, Florida State and Houston. Video highlights click here
Hogs’ running backs coach Joel Thomas, who visited Iheanacho’s school on Monday, has been using Facebook to communicate with the heavily recruited receiver.
“He let me know he liked my willingness to go get the ball,” Iheanacho said. “They love the way I play and able to run any route.”
Iheanacho, who has 28 receptions 422 yards and 9 touchdowns, didn’t have to wait long to receive his first offer.
“After my second game, U of H offered me and let me know they were interested and just put an offer on the table,” he said.
Iheanacho thought his future would be in basketball and just focused on the sport during his junior year after seeing little playing time in football during his sophomore year.
“I’m playing football in college,” he said. “I made the decision on what I want to do, It took me a while.”
He plans to take all five of his official visits and the Hogs have a chance of being one.
“At the time, I’m still making my list,” Iheanacho said. “Arkansas definitely just jumped into the picture and I’m glad they did.”