Friday, January 9, 2009

The Big Recruiting Weekend

With less than a month to go until national signing day, Coach Petrino is trying to close on some major recruits that will make Arkansas's 2009 recruiting class top tier nationally. This weekend is especially important as at least 18 recruits will visit Fayetteville to tour facilities and meet with coaches and faculty. Several of the recruits visiting are currently committed while others are still open. Look for the current players, coaches and commits to really lean on the uncommitted visitors. This weekend is extremely important.

The headline visitor this weekend is Ronnie Wingo (pictured) from St. Louis. Wingo, a 215 lb. Rivals 4 star RB who runs a 4.4 40, is Coach Petrino's darling. Petrino has courted Wingo all year long explaining his need for Wingo as the "big" back in his offensive system. Petrino paid an in-home visit with the Wingo's earlier this week, and the whole Wingo family will visit the UA this weekend. Given Wingo's high profile as a Razorback recruit, it is very unlikely that he will go unnoticed on his visit to Arkansas. Fans are crazy about this kid.

Also of interest this weekend is the Arkansas vs. Mississippi State basketball game at Bud Walton Arena. With the Razorbacks on a roll after beating OU and Texas in a weeks time, look for The Bud to be rocking once again with 20,000 hog wild fans. The game tips off at 7pm central on Saturday and recruits will attend.

The Following is a list of visitors already committed to Arkansas:

WR Neal Barlow, 6-6 1/2, 200, 4.55 Pulaski Academy 3*
OL Alvin Bailey, 6-4, 320, 5.2 Broken Arrow, Okla. 3*
DE Ryan Calendar, 6-8, 230, 4.8 Caddo Mills, Tx. 3*
CB David Gordon, 6-0, 180, 4.4 Tulsa East Central 3*
CB Darius Winston, 6-0, 175, 4.38 Helena-West Helena 5*
S/RB Turell Williams, 6-2, 215 4.6 Helena -West Helena 3*
S/LB Ross Rasner, 6-0, 205, 4.5 Waco, Tx. Reicher 3*

Uncommitted visitors are as follows:

Ath. Brandon Mitchell, 6-3, 215, 4.5 Amite, La.
DE Alex Williams, 6-5, 215, 4.6 Tallahassee, Fla. FAMU 3*
DB Rudell Crim, 5-11, 180, 4.37 Butler C.C 4*
OL/DL Shauntez Bruce, 6-5, 300, 5.1 Tallahassee, Fla. Lincoln 3*
WR Cobi Hamilton, 6-3, 200, 4.52, Texarkana, Tx. 3*
DT DeQuinta Jones, 6-3, 275, 4.8 Bastrop, La. 4*
RB Ronnie Wingo, 6-3, 212, 4.41 St. Louis University HS 4*
OL Percy Taumoelau, 6-4, 300, 5.2 Salt Lake City Cottonwood 2*
DT Keni Kanfusi, 6-3, 280, 4.8 Salt Lake City Cottonwood 3*
OL Aubery Phillips, 6-6, 310, 5.2 Olive Branch, Ms. 3*
LB Terrell Williams, 6-3, 215, 4.6 Tulsa Union 3*

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