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.
Recruits react to running back U
Arkansas running back Darren McFadden breaks a tackle by LSU safety Craig Steltz (L) to score touchdown in third quarter at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. on Friday, Nov. 23, 2007.
On Tuesday, ESPN dubbed Arkansas as running back U for the 2000's.
Former Hog Darren McFadden helped the Razorbacks to a score of 104 in ESPN's point system. Oklahoma, Alabama, Auburn and Wisconsin rounded out the top five.
As one might expect, Arkansas will use this in recruiting.
A few of the Hogs' running back prospects gave their opinions.
Karan Higdon, 5-9, 190, 4.46 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Sarasota, (Fla.) Riverview reports having scholarship offers from Arkansas, South Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, Wake Forest and others.
"I'm honestly not amazed by it," Higdon said. "Coach (Joel) Thomas seems like he does a great job preparing his guys and continuing the extensive history that the U of A carries. So its just an extra addition to what makes that school great."
Rawleigh Williams, 5-10, 198, 4.51 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Dallas Bishop Lynch visited the Hogs on Wednesday.
"That's awesome," Williams said. "It just shows the great tradition of big time running backs coming from the program."
Kendall Bussey, 5-9, 195, 4.42 of New Orleans, (La.) Isidore Newman is committed to Nebraska. He visited the Hogs for the Red-White game.
"Hard to say unexpected, because there have been some great running backs that have come out of Arkansas," Bussey said. "But I definitely thought Alabama would've gotten that."