Richard Davenport covers recruiting for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He appears weekly on The Red Zone w/ JB on 92.1 FM Fayetteville, The Morning Rush w/ Tye & Tommy on 95.3 FM in Fort Smith; 96.3 FM in Hot Springs; 104.3 FM in Harrison/Mountain Home, 99.5 FM in Fayetteville and The Zone w/ Justin & Wess on 103.7 FM in Little Rock.
The Recruiting Guy:
Get to know: Pitcher commit Hunter Dietz
Arkansas baseball commit Hunter Dietz with his parents during his official visit.
One of the nation’s top left-handed pitchers, Hunter Dietz recently committed to Arkansas and added to an already strong recruiting class.
Dietz, 6-6, 230 pounds, of Trinity (Fla.) Calvary Christian, chose Arkansas over Ole Miss while being recruited by about 20 other programs.
Perfect Game rates him the No. 5 left-handed pitcher and No. 51 overall prospect in the nation in the 2023 class. Dietz is rated the No. 2 left-handed pitcher and No. 10 overall recruit in Florida.
Thirteen of the Razorbacks' 20 commitments are in Perfect Game’s top 100 compared to seven for Vanderbilt and UCLA, whose classes come in at No. 2 and No. 3 nationally.
Coach Dave Van Horn is: A really good coach who cares
If I couldn't play baseball, I would want to star in: Football
Best baseball moment: Cooperstown
My mom is always on me to: Take clothes to the laundry
Must-watch TV: Outer Banks
Love or hate rollercoasters: 50/50 – don’t like or dislike
My two pet peeves are: People chewing with mouth open and gross things
My hidden talent is: Ping Pong
Your favorite fast-food chain and why: Chick-fil-A. Their chicken minis are really good.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be: Ribeye steak with a side of sweet potatoes and green beans
I will never ever eat: Stuffing
Favorite junk food: Chick-fil-A
My favorite sweet-tooth craving is: Gummy bears
Strangest thing I’ve ever eaten: Olives
Who is your all-time celebrity crush: Don’t really have one
If you could live anywhere, where would that be: On the beach
I’m terrified of: Cockroaches
Most unusual place you’ve fallen asleep: On top of a shopping cart while driving it
Love or hate horror movies, and why: Hate. They're really scary.
Cat or dog person, and why: Dog. I have one.
Do you think aliens exist: Probably
I get emotional when: Something sad happens
Which do you prefer – Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram or TikTok: Snapchat and TikTok
Best advice I’ve received: Little things matter
Role model, and why: My dad. I model myself after his leadership and hard work.
Three words to describe me: Funny, nonchalant, calm
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