Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is the host of Recruiting Thursday, a weekly radio show that airs from 7 to 8 p.m. on 92.1 FM in Fayetteville; 93.7 FM in Little Rock; 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home; and 106.9 FM in Arkadelphia.
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Texas QB ready to talk football with UA coaches
Arkansas defensive backs coach Clay Jennings walks past his players during practice Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the UA practice field in Fayetteville.
Arkansas has its quarterback for the 2015 class in Charleston's Ty Storey. Now it's on the hunt for another in the 2016 class.
Several junior quarterbacks, including Brennen Wooten of Marble Falls, Texas, plan to attend one of Arkansas' camps this month.
Wooten, 6-2, 180 pounds, 4.73 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has scholarship offers from Kentucky, Clemson, TCU, Tulsa, Akron and Houston. He hopes to add Arkansas to that list when he attends the Razorbacks' Elite Camp on June 19.
"I think they're a good football team and they play in the toughest conference in college football," Wooten said. "I like that. I've been looking forward to my visit and seeing what they're all about."
Wooten completed 236 of 374 passes for 3,080 yards, and 30 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions as a sophomore in Class 4A. He also showed an ability to hurt defenses with his legs by rushing 67 times for 322 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Wooten has been talking to Arkansas defensive backs coach Clay Jennings and expects to learn more about the Razorbacks during his visit.
"He really said once I get there that he would go into more depth," Wooten said. "He told me it was a great place. He's just really waiting on me to get up there to show it off to me."
Wooten attended an Oklahoma State camp Thursday at Belton, Texas. He plans to participate in an Oklahoma camp in Houston on June 13, and he will attend camps at Texas and TCU. There is also a possibility that he will attend an Alabama camp.
Wooten said Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney told him he was one of the top players the Razorbacks are pursuing.
"He's going to video me at camp and put some film up for me," Wooten said. "He's wanting to talk some football to see where I'm at with my football IQ and stuff and see how it goes from there."
Wooten said he is trying to gain as much knowledge as possible talking to college coaches.
"I'm just trying to soak it all in," said Wooten, who has a 5.0 grade-point average on a 6.0 scale. "You talk to all the different guys and they have all different kinds of philosophies. It's just neat to hear all the different stuff they teach and coach. I really enjoy listening to them."
Junior quarterback Skylar Thompson of Independence (Mo.) Fort Osage has Arkansas' attention and has been invited to the Elite Camp on June 19.
Thompson, 6-2, 188 pounds, said Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska visited his school during the spring evaluation period that ended May 31. He also is drawing interest from Northwestern and Kentucky.
Razorbacks offensive coordinator Jim Chaney visited Thompson's school and has stayed in touch.
"From what my head coach tells me, he stays in contact with Coach Chaney a lot," Thompson said. "I think he and my head coach email back and forth a lot."
Thompson,who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds at a recent Iowa camp, is interested in Arkansas, too.
"I'm really interested," Thompson said. "It's still early and everything, but right now, from what I've heard from Arkansas and my first impressions with them, I like them a lot. Coach Chaney is a great guy. From what I've heard, their facilities are phenomenal."
Thompson completed 106 of 186 passes for 1,451 yards, 19 touchdowns and rushed for 705 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.
"I'm a pro-style quarterback," Thompson said. "I guess you can say I like to sit back in the pocket and throw the ball. I can run it, too. I want to say I'm a dual threat, but I'm a pass-first guy."
UA MAKES CUT
Arkansas is one of four schools still in the running for highly recruited offensive lineman Keaton Sutherland of Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus.
Sutherland, 6-5, 280 pounds, 5.13 seconds in the 40-yard dash, announced on Twitter that he had trimmed his list of 20 offers down to Arkansas, Baylor, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
Some of the other schools that offered were Oklahoma, Michigan, Clemson, Miami, California and Texas.
Sutherland has two brothers who attend Arkansas.
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Sports on 06/06/2014