Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Hogs to host top Texas RB
The appeal of playing in the SEC is a strong allure for highly regarded running back Chris Warren III, who plans to visit Arkansas for a game.
“As of the last six or seven years, the SEC has completely dominated college football,” said Warren, who's being recruited by running backs coach Joel Thomas. “And having that going on they’re going to going to dominate for quite sometime. I just feel like I want to play against the best competition so I can progress and possibly get to the next level.”
Warren, 6-2, 227, 4.4 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Rockwall, Texas is considered to be one of the top junior prospects in the Lone Star state after rushing 174 times for 1,059 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore.
National recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network said Warren and Sotonye Jamabo of Plano West will compete for the top running back prospect next year in Texas.
“He’s a powerful runner and can make quick cuts and knows how to lower his shoulder and ram for extra yardage,” said Lemming of Warren. “He also has the vision, balance, and cutting ability to take it to the house. “
Warren has 13 scholarship offers, including Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Ohio State while the Razorbacks and numerous others are showing strong interest.
His father, Chris was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 1990 NFL draft. He went on to become the franchises’ all time leading rusher in 1997 with 6,706 yards until Shaun Alexander bypassed him with 9,429 yards.
“He just tells me to keep my head into the game and focus on running,” said Warren, who will be accompanied by his mother, K’tara on his visit to Arkansas. “And don’t focus on anything else and do what you’re out there to do.”