Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Christian
Michael Dyer combines speed and elusiveness into a powerful 5-9, 201-pound package, and he has run several hand-held 40-yard dash times in the high 4.3-second range. He passes the eyeball test, his highlight package is remarkable, heâ€™s smart, and he also shines at various camps and combines he has attended. Heâ€™s a tackle-breaker with a complete collection of spin moves, stiff arms and jukes, and he gives maximum effort every time he touches the ball.
Junction City, ARJunction City
Byran Jones is built like a rock and also has big weight room numbers. His film is impressive, and he was MVP of the state championship game twice. He can run a 5.14-second laser time at 6-2, 300. Right now, he uses his raw ability to beat his man, which happens regularly, but the key word is â€˜raw.â€™ He looks the part, his video is impressive, and he performed well at the two camps and in both state championship games when we saw him.
Cave City, ARCave City
Thamail Morgan on talent alone is among the top players on this list, but he had a few issues that have resulted in him transferring from Newport, where he could not play any longer, to Cave City. Everything since the move has been peachy, and college interest has risen. As a player, he will knock your head off, he has great instincts and simply piles up the tackles. He could end up at linebacker or safety on the next level but would probably be better suited for safety. As long as everything is in order academically, bigger offers could be in line for him.
Little Rock, ARCatholic
Garrett Uekman appeared to be out of the mix for a Razorback scholarship offer early, but instead of sulking he did something about it. He went to the Bobby Petrino Camp and busted his tail and got his offer right afterwards. We love this type attitude - (1)Do what is best for the team, and (2)prove everybody wrong no matter what it takes. In addition to that, Uekman catches the ball with his hands, not his body, he is a bull, and we were surprised with how punishing he was running and blocking at fullback. UA tight ends are required to know both spots.
Monticello, ARMonticello Senior
Brishen Mathews is about ready for college right now. He is as fundamentally sound as high school players get, and that is in large part due to his father being the head coach at UA-Monticello. Heâ€™s a legit 6-1 and is not afraid to hit. At the Bobby Petrino Camp, Mathews was coaching up the other players and at times explaining to them what they should do in various situations. In addition to his natural football instincts and great approach to the game, he could also be a coach on the field.
Heber Springs, ARHeber Springs
Braylon Mitchell passed the eyeball test at the Bobby Petrino Camp and also stood out while he was there. He also did well at the FCA Combine. Arkansas offered him a scholarship soon after he left the Arkansas Camp, and he also has an offer from Arkansas State. He was not a well-known prospect until just before the UA camp, and while His highlight video is solid. He is not a burner but has good size and could be a nice fit at linebacker. Also seems to have a good attitude and solid morals.
Little Rock, ARPulaski Academy
Parker Mack is listed as a guard but may be better suited for offensive tackle. He has the natural size and frame needed to be a lineman on this level, and he also has good feet. He plays in a system at Pulaski Academy that has helped him get a jumpstart on other linemen because of the offensive style. Mack does not have a lot of run-blocking footage, but neither did Jonathan Luigs. Mack is the best lineman to come through Little Rock since him. Look for him to go with a school that is well-known for academic excellence.
Little Rock, ARLittle Rock Christian
Dakota Mosley should probably be listed as a jumbo athlete at 6-4, 265. He can play tight end or could grow into an offensive. Probably not quick enough to play defensive line. He has natural football instincts and can also deliver a blow. We thought he looked good running at the Southwest Elite Combine where he ran a 5.0 in the 40-yard dash, showing he moves well to be such a big guy. He may not be finished growing as his father is a good deal bigger. Mosley also reports better times at other events. He had a good season but was not utilized heavily as a receiver.
Davidell Collins was a true sleeper at the first Arkansas camp and at the Arkansas State camp. ASU offered right after their camp, and he was on Arkansasâ€™ radar, but it looks like the Hogs are seeking more polished players. Collins is raw but has big-time upside potentially. He seems like a nice guy, again like many of these players, and he just got comfortable a year ago in his 6-6, 242-pound body. After mostly playing as a somewhat clumsy offensive tackle last season, he led his team to the state championship with a great season at defensive end this season. We like his explosion off the ball, the way he took coaching and applied it at the camp as a DE, but most of all heâ€™s got all the raw tools needed to mold into a real playmaker at defensive end in college. He should be good to go in the classroom, as well.
|3 stars||6'6"||255||Oklahoma St.|
West Helena, ARCentral
Anterio Sloan has an impressive highlight package, full of interceptions, big hits and nice breaks on the ball. Not as tall as weâ€™d hoped, but at 5-8 he is really the highest-rated undersized player on the Natural 21. While his ceiling may be limited beyond college due to size, he plays with great heart and determination, he has great instincts and was clocked at 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Arkansas Stateâ€™s camp. He also has a solid offer list and seems to have good character.
Pine Bluff, ARPine Bluff
Claude Johnson is a better player than he is getting credit for on his offer list. he led Pine Bluff to another great season last year. We liked the way he and Pine Bluff played in the Shootout of the South last summer, too. His best attribute is his mobility, which he could not showcase at the 7-on-7, but it speaks volumes about him that he is mobile and they still performed very well with him in the pocket. Very good baseball player too, and he is smart and has strong character, like so many at the top of this list.
Harris has an opportunity to be a very good wide receiver. He has the best hands in the state in this class. And while he is not a burner with great juke ability, he is decently fast at 4.59, he understand how the game is supposed to be played, and he is good all-around - hands, size, speed, attitude. Harris has an opportunity to ink with Illinois and others while the Razorbacks are still evaluating him and recently attended one of his basketball games.
De Queen, ARDe Queen Senior
Greg White did not run well at the FCA Combine, but in tough conditions few players did. He has run well elsewhere and his highlight video shows a big running back who has good moves and good speed. Until he pulled his hamstring at the Arkansas camp, he was dominant in the middle drill, and defenders were having a tough time stopping him. The quality of his video is not great, but it is easy to see he finds his way to the end zone a good deal. Has some good offers, and some schools like him at running back, safety, linebacker or defensive end. He was Southwest Arkansas Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2008 and is on his way to Missouri.
Antonio Harding is a violent person on the football field, he has great instincts, closes quickly and hits like a truck. He is arguably the biggest hitter in this class, maybe outside of Thamail Morgan. His complete highlight package shows a player who is dominant in all aspects. At 6-0, 215, he turned a lot of heads last spring. He plays DE and LB for Warren and is tough to block. Needs to improve in the classroom to get to Arkansas State or other four-year schools.
|3 stars||6'0"||215||AR Pine Bluff|
Grant Gill is a physical player who is similar in many ways to Brishen Mathews. Mathews may be a bit more polished while Gill is more of a jack of all trades, lining up at several spots on offense in addition to his future college position at safety. He has more than respectable times in the 40-yard dash everywhere he has gone, and we also like his approach to the game. His No. 1 priority is to play physically no matter the position.
|3 stars||6'1"||201||Arkansas St.|
Van Buren, ARVan Buren
Quentin George passes the eyeball test and he may have been the best pure linebacker at the Razorback camp last summer, right up there with Mitchell Roberts who could end up at defensive end. George is a legit 6-2, 220-plus and can deliver a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash. He is committed to Tulsa. We really liked what we saw out of him at the Bobby Petrino Camp. Seems to be a very determined young man.
Chase Petersen did not run well at the FCA Combine, but we donâ€™t care anymore. His video is very impressive, and he also did very well at the Bobby Petrino Camp and again this season. He has been coached well, has a good kick step, keeps his feet under him and displays good agility side-to-side, keeps his elbows in and knows how to use leverage. He is not as big as some of the other linemen in this state, but he is just big enough and is also more polished than most. Good character kid. Became one of the state's more heavily recruited players early in the season.
Springdale, ARShiloh Christian
Mitchell Roberts played all of 2008 with a slight ACL tear but was better this year. He may be better suited for defensive end. He plays for a great high school program in Shiloh Christian that knows how to develop players. Physically he passes the eyeball test and also hits well. Illinois is his best scholarship offer at this time, and some schools like him at DE while others like him at linebacker.
Eldon Thompson is determined to show he can be a major recruit at linebacker, though several schools think he is better suited for defensive end with his build and skill set. While we admire the determination to prove himself as a linebacker, it probably cost him high-level offers because he stayed at end. He gets through traffic well, gets off blocks and can disrupt the quarterback also. We would have liked to have seen him play off the edge if even for a little bit. Regardless, Thompson was a heck of a player for the Lumberjacks.
Sybrain Berry also goes by Brian Berry. Not as tall as we had heard at 5-9, 176, but when most of the times were slow at the FCA Combine, Berry managed a 4.44 hand-held time in the 40-yard dash and a 4.4 in the shuttle. Could be a bit more physical, but he breaks on the ball well and is instinctive. He made an interception in the end zone over 6-7 UA signee Neal Barlow in 2008 season. Plays cornerback like a receiver when the ball is in the air and knows how to get into the end zone.
Dement's plan is to enroll at Arkansas with the hopes of earning a scholarship. Just looking at him, he is impressive physically. However, he still needs a lot of coaching to reach his potential. In some years, he may have been offered off potential alone, but this UA staff seems to like more polished players. He has the potential to be a very good player if he works hard at it.
Kicker Mention: Zach Hocker, 5-11, 165 - The Natural 21 does not include kickers or holders, so we recognize the state's top kicker here. Hocker has a booming leg and is a legit college prospect.