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.
The Recruiting Guy:
Wednesday recruiting tidbits
Bentonville's Malik Monk is the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Sophomore of the Year for 2014.
Linebacker Derrick Graham of Wauchula (Fla.) Hardee said he plans to officially visit Arkansas.
Graham, 6-4, 225 pounds, 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has reduced his list of more than 20 scholarship offers to Arkansas, Florida Atlantic, Florida, Florida International, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, UMass, Miss. St., Nebraska and South Florida. Video highlights CLICK HERE
He and his brother, P.J. visited Fayetteville June 8. He said he talks to defensive coordinator Robb Smith about every other day. Arkansas' facilities and campus were two of the highlights of his trip.
Graham plans to take five official visits before making a decision. He said Florida will also get an official visit, but is deciding on the other three.
Arkansas punter Blake Johnson, 6-1, 190, of Los Alamitos, Calif. has been named to the preseason All Orange County team. He knows junior offensive lineman Frank Martin, 6-6, 300 of Santa Ana, (Calif.) Mater Dei and plans to tell him about the Hogs.
Martin has an offer from Arkansas and has plans to visit Fayetteville next spring.
Highly recruited offensive lineman Jalen Merrick, 6-5, 310 pounds, 5.21 seconds in the 40-yard dash, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. said he talked to offensive line coach Sam Pittman, linebackers coach Randy Shannon and offensive line graduate assistant Eric Mateos on Monday.
He said he very much intends to officially visit the Hogs. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Merrick said he hasn't set up any visits, but they will most likely be out-of-state SEC schools because he can visit in-state schools at leisure.
He has more than 20 offers from schools like Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan State.
Arkansas guard commitment Jimmy Whitt of Columbia, Missouri requested and received a follow from Bentonville junior guard Malik Monk on Twitter.
Whitt said he added about a 1,000 followers between Twitter and Instagram after his commitment to the Hogs.