Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007.
Coaches coming to see Pine Bluff Four
College coaches have shown up at Pine Bluff and will continue to do so until the end of the spring evaluation period on May 31 to check out four promising sophomores.
Zebras Coach Bobby Bolding said coaches keep him busy by inquiring about tight end-defensive end John Tate, safety David Beasley, quarterback and defensive back Ladarius Skelton and running back Romar Reades.
“It’s eating up about an hour or two hours of my time a day,” said Bolding, who reports Ohio State defensive coordinator Chris Ash visiting the school on Wednesday. “It’s slowed down a little bit between signing day and now but of course it’s picked back up. We’ve had over 50 schools call about spring dates with intentions to come and watch practice. It’s taking a lot of time, but it’s part of it and it’s a good thing.”
Tate, 6-3, 240 pounds recorded 27 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 8 tackles for loss and 12 quarterback hurries this past season. He has offers from Louisville, Ole Miss and Arkansas State. Video highlights CLICK HERE
The four underclassmen visited Arkansas on Saturday.
“They had a blast, they were amazed by the facilities,” Bolding said. “All they could talk about was the food. They loved the food it wasn’t an official visit and they have to buy their meals and they just thought it was the greatest thing ever.”
Beasley, 6-2 1/2, 175 is seeing interest from Arkansas, Alabama, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Arkansas State. He recorded 30 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss, 18 pass breakups and 1 interception. Video highlights CLICK HERE
“They really had a good time,” Bolding said. “They were impressed with everything, impressed with the coaches. They got to go into meetings. They said ‘hey coach their meetings are just like our meetings’.”
Reades, 5-9, 192, 4.48 rushed 74 times for 622 yards, an 8.4- yard average, and 7 touchdowns. He, Tate and Beasley were named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Super Sophomore Team. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Skelton, 6-1, 200, rushed 158 times for 974 yards and 8 touchdowns and completed 87 of 152 passes for 1,219 yards and 13 touchdowns last year. He’ll play safety in the fall in addition to quarterback. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Bolding said the four will have a chance to perform in front of college coaches this summer.
“We’re trying to work on a camp schedule so they can get around to these schools that’s interested,” Bolding said.
The Razorbacks will make their way to the school in the near future.
“They’re going to come back down to look at them during spring ball,” Bolding said.