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.
Thursday recruiting tidbits from The Opening
BEAVERTON, Ore. Miami running back commitment Dexter Williams said he's been in communication with Arkansas running backs coach Joel Thomas and is considering a visit to Fayetteville.
Williams, 5-11, 195 of Winter Gardens, Fla. pledged to the Hurricanes in April of last year, but said he told Thomas he's still open. Video highlights CLICK HERE
South Carolina linebacker commitment Sherrod Pittman of Jacksonville, (Fla.) First Coast said he's been talking to linebackers coach Randy Shannon and is considering visit.
He said the likelihood of an unofficial visit is four out of ten. The odds of an official visit appears to be greater because the school can pay for the trip.
Pittman is respectful of Shannon's track record of producing top linebackers. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Cornerback Kendall Sheffield of Missouri City, (Texas) Marshall said he talks to defensive backs coach Clay Jennings every two weeks. He likes that Jennings has produced several defensive backs who have gone on to the NFL. He said he wants to visit, but wants to get with his father to discuss things. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Safety Will Sunderland of Midwest City, Oklahoma said he's looking to visit Arkansas in about two weeks. He also plans to make an official visit to Fayetteville. His number one priority in choosing a school is playing time. He thinks very highly of his lead recruiter and offensive line coach Sam Pittman and Coach Bret Bielema. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Cornerback P.J. Mbanasor of Pflugerville, Texas said defensive backs coach Clay Jennings has been very respectful about his June commitment to Oklahoma. He said Jennings isn't recruiting him. Should he change his mind, I'm sure Jennings will go full speed ahead. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Receiver Lawrence Cager III, 6-5, 200, 4.62 of Baltimore, Maryland said he and other prospects are planning to visit several SEC schools, including Alabama, Tennessee Kentucky and possibly Arkansas.
He reports more than 30 offers. He started off as a kicker as a sophomore because of his soccer background, but was told by his coach he could play in the NFL as a big receiver. He switched to receiver and the rest is history. Video highlights CLICK HERE