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.
Day and Collins bond during visit
Arkansas running back commitment Juan Day enjoyed his official visit to Arkansas over the weekend in large part because of his future teammate and follow running back Alex Collins.
“It went very well,” Day said. “I had a great time in Fayetteville. I got a chance to hang out with Alex and he showed me around town and I had a great time.”
Day, 6-2, 210, 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of North Little Rock is rated a 4-star prospect by national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network. He rushed 115 times for 930 yards and 13 touchdowns in nine games as a junior.
He said hanging out with Collins, who was Day’s player-host, was his favorite part of the trip.
“We had great bond,” Day said. “I feel like we got to know each other. He's very outgoing and he’s very funny.”
Day’s senior season didn’t go as planned when he suffered a ACL tear in the third game of the season against Pine Bluff. He said his doctor likes the progress he’s making during the rehab process.
“I'm allowed to start jogging then in about two months I can start doing more lateral movement,” Day said. “I should be on my way when the season starts.”
Day, who rushed 40 times for 319 yards and 2 touchdowns before suffering the injury, is ready to get back on the field.
“I'm very hungry, I haven't played football in awhile,” Day said. “I just can't wait to get back on the field.”
He said he’s recruiting his teammate and junior receiver K.J. Hill, who has offers from Arkansas, Auburn and Oklahoma State.
“I have been working on K.J.,” Day said. “I think we've got to chance, I think he's going to come up here.”
Day said Hill being named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Offensive Player of the Year on Sunday was well deserved.
“He did a lot of things,” Day said. “He ran, caught the ball and returned punts and passed a little bit.”