Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Hogs impress TE commitment
Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema had a strong track record of using the tight end while at Wisconsin and that was shown in Arkansas’ 34-14 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
Tight end Hunter Henry had 5 receptions for 75 yards and Jeremy Sprinkle finished up with 2 catches for 22 yards against the Ragin’ Cajuns. Razorback tight end commitment Jack Kraus liked what he saw while at the game.
“It did surprise me when Hunter had the three consecutive catches right before the half,” Kraus said. “I was really surprised by that. I thought he had a great game. That makes me excited.”
While in Madison, Bielema coached Lance Kendricks of the St. Louis Rams, Garrett Graham of the Houston Texans and Travis Beckum, who played four season with the New York Giants.
Kraus, 6-5, 245, 4.9 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Bentonville pledged to the Hogs in April over offers from Illinois and Utah State while drawing interest from Vanderbilt, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU and Memphis.
“I liked how the tight ends were definitely a part of the game plan,” Kraus said. "They involved them in the receiving game and we also a big part of the passing schemes. They sometimes had three tight ends out there at a time with the fullback also. When they ran the ball the tight ends were getting the ball too.”
While at the game, Kraus hung out with Springdale Har-Ber defensive lineman Josh Frazier, a major recruiting priority of the Hogs.
I’m trying to,” said Kraus of recruiting Frazier. “He’s pretty set on of kind of holding off. I know he loves Arkansas and he likes coming to the games. I’ll try and convince him any way I can but at the end of the day it’s going to be up to him but he definitely loves Arkansas.”
Kraus and Frazier have become close after competing against one another and going through recruiting process.
“I’ve been playing against him over the last four years ever since junior high,” Kraus said. “We’ve kind of grown up together a little bit in the high school ranks. We’ve become good friends and just enjoying the process better.”
Arkansas’ performance on Saturday drew good reviews from fans and media while also impressing Kraus.
“I knew they were going to be fired up and prove they’re a worthy team in the SEC,” Kraus said. “They’re not just going to be a push over team like they were last year I was impressed by how efficient their offense was at times. I didn’t know they were going to be able to move the ball as well as they did. I thought they executed offensively and defensively really well especially for the first game with a new coach.”
Kraus also impressed many with his play when Bentonville took part in a scrimmage being held at Tulsa Union last week. He showed power and speed by turning a four yard reception into about a 22 yard gain against Owasso when he escaped four defenders on his way for another 18 yards with five defenders struggling to bring him down.
“When I turned up field and I saw one linebacker and I made him miss and I just kept running,” Kraus said. “I was focusing on keeping my feet underneath me and keeping a good pace as I was going dow the field. I was just trying to protect the ball as much as I could and some of them tried jumping on my back and I kept running with them and run over a couple more on the way. I guess it was adrenalineI guess. When I caught it I just didn’t want to go down.”
The play was shown on the video board.
“The people in the crowd were counting the guys that couldn’t take me down,” Kraus said.
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