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.
Dallas Nike Camp updates
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, K.J. Hill, North Little Rock
DALLAS Updates and notes of several of the 20 or so Arkansas athletes that competed in the Dallas Nike Camp today.
North Little Rock linebacker Justice Austin scored the highest SPARQ rating with a 124.08. He measured 6-0, 244 pounds and a recorded a 4.78 laser time in the 40, 4.10 pro-shuttle, 33.1 inch vertical and 41 foot power ball toss. He's drawing interest from Memphis, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech and others.
Receiver K.J. Hill of North Little Rock had the second highest score with a 123. 66. He had a 4.61 time in the 40, 3.97 pro-shuttle, 35.8 vertical and a 40 foot power ball toss. He was one of the best receivers of the event. He was very tough to jam at the line and created separation from the defensive backs.
Sophomore defensive end McTelvin Agim of Hope measured 6-3 and weighed 247. He ran what he called a disappointing 4.88 time in the 40 despite the cold temps. Again the time is laser. Several of the recruiting writers commented on him passing the eye test. He did well in a few reps of 1-on-1s.
He plans to visit Arkansas on April 19.
Sophomore receiver Jordan Jones of Smackover definitely helped his stock with a good showing in the combine and during the 1-on-1s. He made one of the best catches of the day by laying out and grabbing an overthrown pass with his finger tips.
He ran a 4.57 in the 40 yard dash, 4.53 pro-shuttle, 30 inch vertical and 28.5 foot power ball toss.
Arkansas had three of the best looking tight ends at the camp in Will Gragg of Pine Bluff, JaMario Bell of Junction City and Daniel Sprinkle of White Hall. The were also among the best at running good routes and catching the ball.
Gragg measured 6-4 and 247. He plans to visit the Hogs for the spring game. Several asked Bell if he was solid to the Hogs and he left little doubt that he was a very firm pledge. He measured 6-6, 228 pounds.
Two Arkansas recruits, cornerback P.J. Mbanasor and safety Will Sunderlund were among seven who receive invites to The Opening.
Mbanasor, 6-2, 185 pounds, 4.47 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson has scholarship offers from schools like Arkansas, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and others. He plans to visit Fayetteville in the summer.
Sunderlund, 6-3, 192, 4.56 seconds in the 40 yard dash of Midwest City, Oklahoma has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Tulsa and Texas A&M. He plans to visit the Hogs for the spring game on April 26. He caught the attention of many because of his size. One could mistaken him for a linebacker.
Sunderland said he and Coach Bret Bielema have been talking. Very impressed by Bielema.
North Little Rock athlete D.J. Brown made a very impressive one-handed reception when the ball appeared to be over his head. One of the better ones of the day.
Offensive lineman Madison Akamnonu, 6-5, 269 of Arlington Bowie has been talking to Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas and is hoping to receive an offer from the Hogs. He's close to ten offers now.
He's a very slim 269 and looks more like a tight end but was one of the best O-linemen in the camp despite his lack of weight.
It was cloudy and the temps were in the middle 50's so the conditions for fast times weren't there today.
Arkansas defensive line signee Bijhon Jackson broke his own power clean record of 335 pounds with a lift of 360 today at the state high school weight lifting meet. He also had a 410 bench press.