Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Razorbacks going hard in Ohio
Arkansas is using strong ties that cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson and graduate assistant Nick Caley have to aggressively recruit Ohio.
Several junior prospects in the state have visited the Hogs and some, including linebacker Justin Hilliard and offensive lineman Rob Dowdy are planning return visits.
Defensive lineman Eddie Zinn-Turner is another junior prospect showing interest and planning to visit. He said his coach and Caley have known one another since high school.
“He said he’s character, he’s funny guy and a great guy,” said Zinn-Turner of Caley.
Zinn-Turner, 6-2, 280, 5.15 seconds in the 40 yard dash, is also drawing interest from Michigan, Cincinnati, Indiana, Ball State, Kent State, Akron and others. He reports a 280 pound bench press and 450 squat.
“I think the main thing is my aggressiveness and my speed and my size and how quick I am,” said Zinn-Turner, who recorded 43 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 8 sacks and 7 pass deflections last year. “A lot of people are pretty stunned about that.”
Zinn-Turner, who's planning to major in business, said Caley has spoke well of Arkansas’ program and future job opportunities.
“He said there’s a lot of big companies from there,” Zinn-Turner said. “If I were to graduate from business and seeing that I went to Arkansas to play football and graduate with a nice degree it would be easy for me to get a job down there.”
He has the entrepreneur spirt and has a game plan he would like to follow.
“My original plan was to partner up with some one with a dentistry degree,” Zinn-Turner said. “And kind of get my own dentistry and maybe study a little dentistry while I’m in Arkansas too and get to know about a couple of things.”