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.
Speaks looking for family atmosphere
Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash arrives at Razorback Stadium prior to an Aug. 31, 2013 game against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Defensive lineman Breeland Speaks visited Arkansas last summer and is looking forward to getting back up to Fayetteville for an official visit on Jan. 31.
“It feels like home up there,” said Speaks, who’s committed to Ole Miss. “ I’m just ready to get back up there and see all the new things they’ve added. I want to see the new locker room and just get up there again.”
Speaks, 6-4, 285, 4.98 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Jackson, (Miss.) Callaway recorded 116 tackles and 26.5 tackles for loss at defensive end and was named The Clarion-Ledger’s Metro Player of the Year. He played at linebacker as a junior and recorded 136 tackles.
His brother, Marcellus, who coached at Arkansas-Monticello, is Callaway’s defensive coordinator.
"He stays on me," Speaks said in an earlier interview. "He makes sure I'm giving my all. He just wants to make sure I get farther than he did."
Speaks raved about his Catfish Hole experience on his first trip.
“That was the best I ever had,” he said.
An excellent student, Speaks has a 3.6 grade point average and is considering physical therapy or criminal justice as possible majors. Before making his way to Arkansas, he plans to officially visit LSU on Jan. 17 and the Rebels on Jan. 24.
Speaks, who reports a 365 pound bench press and 600-pound squat, is being recruited by defensive coordinator Chris Ash.
“I just have to see how the official visit goes and see how I’m treated up there,” said Speaks of Arkansas. “Because I do want to be in a family environment. I want to see how I get along with the guys that are already up there. How the coaches treat me I know they’re going to treat me pretty good. Just take it all in.“