Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: Arkansas Will Entertain a Host of Football Recruits This Weekend With Few Slots Left

by Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst  on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 1:08 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

"I will be looking at how the academics there can help me with what I want to major in," Odom said. "Also, how I would fit in with the players there."

While some recruits from the Sunshine State that Arkansas has been on in the past have opted to attend schools closer to home, Odom says the distance to Arkansas isn't a factor with him at all.

"I have a friend who has family in Arkansas so I would have someone there," Odom said. "The distance to a school isn't a problem with me at all. I just want to go where I would fit in and feel comfortable and staying close to home isn't important to me."

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Arkansas lost three tight ends off this past year's team so that position is getting some attention during this recruiting season.

The Razorbacks have commitments from Fayetteville's Demetrius Dean (6-3, 245, 4.7) and Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell's Chris Barnett (6-6, 245, 4.5) are both slated to play tight end for the Razorbacks and both are expected to sign on Feb. 2. In addition, Arkansas is expected to pick up a verbal pledge from Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic tight end Jack Tabb (6-4, 240, 4.75) on Friday. In addition, Seagoville (Texas) tight end Andrew Peterson (6-6, 265, 4.8) will be on campus this weekend for an official visit.

Tabb is down to Arkansas, North Carolina and Iowa, but it would be a shocker if he ended up at any school other than Arkansas. His mother is originally from Lamar and her father still lives in the state.

"I want to play tight end," Tabb, who also is a talented defensive end, said. "My mom is a Razorback fan."

Tabb and his mom attended a high school all-star game a few years ago in Reynolds Razorback Stadium and were impressed with the facilities and what Arkansas had to offer. In addition, Tabb visited Arkansas during the Dec. 10 weekend and was once again impressed with everything about the Razorbacks.

Peterson is good friends with hoops signee Devonta Abron, who also is from Seagoville. Peterson has visited Texas A&M and Utah while Arkansas will be his third visit. Oregon, Miami and Nebraska are fighting to get one of his two final visits if he opts to take them. Peterson is only a 2-star recruit on Rivals.com and wasn't highly recruited at all a few weeks ago, but sent out a highlight tape and now everyone in the country is trying get his attention.

"I knew I would be recruited," Peterson said. "I always knew I could play and I would sign with someone, but I was a little surprised when this many schools started offering me kind of all at once."

Peterson and Tabb have both expressed how impressed they were that Arkansas' D.J. Williams won the Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end each season. Williams excelled as both a receiver and blocker in Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino's high-powered offense.



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