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
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema speaks during a National Signing Day ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at the university's football complex.
Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema addressed the media before the start of the Saline County Razorback Club .
Early signing period- Bielema believes if there's an early signing period the NCAA will have to adjust the time frame for official visits for prospects, who can't take official visits until Sept. 1 of their senior year. He sees the NCAA allowing recruits to make visits during the summer prior to their senior year.
August and November have been discussed as possible months for the early signing period. Bielema said there is talk of letting all prospects sign in the Dec. period that's now set aside for junior college prospects.
Offseason- He said tight end Jeremy Sprinkle is having one of the more productive offseason of all the players. He believes Cody Hollister and Jared Cornelius will have an immediate impact at receiver.
Bielema said Brandon Allen looks completely different from a year ago as a SEC quarterback. Running back Jonathan Williams has changed his body during the offseason.
Team bonding- Bielema said they have team bonding event about three to four times a year. Last night the team went bowling. Each team consisted of four players who don't know one another (different positions, older vs. younger). They also rode go-carts along with playing video games and playing laser tag.
Recruiting coordinator- He's interviewed two candidates and plans to probably interview two more.
Recruiting areas for the coaches- He said the recruiting territories haven't been finalized, but about 80 percent of where the coaches will recruit has been set.
Receiver A.D. Miller said his visit to Arkansas on Wednesday was good, but he didn't receive an offer. He said meeting the coaches was probably the best part of the trip.
Miller, 6-3, 175, 4.56 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Dallas Bishop Dunne has scholarship offers from Tulsa, Southern Miss, California, Colorado, Oregon State and Illinois. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Running back Mon Denson, 5-11 1/2, 207, 4.44 of LaGrange, Ga. said he and his father plan to set up a visit to Arkansas after receiving a scholarship offer from the Hogs on Wednesday. He said he's been talking to running backs coach Joel Thomas for several weeks.
Denson said he can tell when a coach is fudging the truth and one is being straight up with him. He said Thomas is very straight up. He now has 12 offers.
Offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton, 6-5, 280, 5.1 of Bellevue, Washington, Newport said he talked to offensive line coach Sam Pittman and running backs coach Joel Thomas last week and received an offer from Arkansas.
He now has seven offers, including Washington, Washington, California and Oregon. He said he's considering a visit to Fayetteville. Video highlights CLICK HERE
The Oregon offensive coordinator called Highland Coach Spencer Hill on Wednesday and expressed strong interest in receiver Deon Stewart. He told Hill the Ducks love Stewart.
Arkansas also offered defensive back Isaiah Langley of Pleasaton, (Calif.) Foothill on Wednesday. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Arkansas has extended an offer to running back Rocky Reid of Concord, North Carolina. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Arkansas has extended an offer to South Florida running back commitment Karan Higdon of Sarasota, (Fla.) Riverview. Video highlights CLICK HERE