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.
The Recruiting Guy:
Get to know Jacksonville RB Darien Bennett
Jacksonville running back Darien Bennett carries the ball during a game against Sylvan Hills on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville running back Darien Bennett received an offer from Arkansas in May 2020 as a freshman.
He rushed 168 times for 910 yards, 9 touchdowns and had 5 receptions for 74 yards as a sophomore.
School/City: Jacksonville High School
Weight: 210 pounds
Bench max: 275 pounds
Squat max: 415 pounds
Number of years playing football: 11
School or schools that intrigued me other than Arkansas: Oregon, Auburn, and Texas
I like Arkansas because: It’s home. Growing up an Arkansas fan beats (everything). The stadium environment is amazing and they treat you like family from Day 1.
I plan to major in: Law
If I couldn't play football, I would want to star in: Modeling
I'm happiest when I: Am around friends and playing music
My mom is always on me to do: Good in school and become successful
Favorite NFL player: Marshawn Lynch
Favorite music: Hip Hop/R&B
Must-watch TV show: Naruto
How would you spend $1 million: I would spend a quarter of a million on real estate, another quarter of a million on moving my family out of Arkansas, a quarter of a million on starting a business, and save the rest.
What superpower would you choose if given the option: The ability to read minds
My two pet peeves are: Clutter and foolishness
Favorite uniform color/combo: Any type of pink and army
Who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island: Kevin Hart and Briana Harris
Favorite animal and why: My favorite animal is a tiger and that is because they are loners. They have to put thought into their every decision and make the best outcome out of what’s thrown at them. They solely depend on themselves to survive.
My hidden talent is: I’m an undercover photographer
Your favorite fast food chain and why: Chick-fil-A because they are very fast with their orders and the customer service is awesome.
I will never ever eat: Potato salad or coleslaw
Favorite junk food: Hot fries
My favorite sweet tooth craving is: A dozen donuts
Strangest thing I’ve ever eaten: Calamari
My dream date is: Skai Jackson
Hobbies: Band and pick-up basketball
The one thing I could not live without is: Air
Role model and why: My big brothers, DeShaun and DeUntay. They’re my role models because they turned nothing into something. They prevailed when the odds were clearly against them. They showed and continue to show me that there’s something more in life than not doing anything with it.
Three words to describe me: Sincere, confident, intelligent
People would be surprised that I: Have six brothers and six sisters
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