Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: Razorback Quarterback Search Heads West

by Otis Kirk, Hawgsports.com Recruiting Analyst  on Thursday, May. 5, 2011 10:00 am  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas' search for a quarterback has taken them to California to Arroyo Grande High School.

Brent Vanderveen (6-foot-4, 205 pounds, 4.9 in the 40-yard dash) recently picked up the Arkansas offer and it could be the first of many for this talented Class of 2012 signalcaller.

"[Coach Willy Robinson] came to my school and watched my highlights on youtube," Vanderveen said. "He told the head coach about them and then he called back and told my high school coach I had an offer."

Vanderveen said the offer came while he was on the verge of playing first base for his high school.

"I was stoked," Vanderveen said. "I was on my way down to [Los Angels] to play baseball when I was told about the offer."

Vanderveen is still finding out more about the Razorbacks, but what he has seen is something he likes.

"I like that they throw the ball a lot," Vanderveen said. "There is some good athletes in the SEC, it's a very physical conference."

While Arkansas is his lone offer, Vanderveen has several others eyeing him with more offers expected this spring.

"Oregon State is sending me a lot of letters," Vanderveen said. "I have been down to USC twice for unofficial visits. Stanford, Utah, San Diego State, San Jose State, Washington and Washington State are the schools sending me the most stuff. I just talked to coaches at Washington and Utah."

Vanderveen doesn't have a timeline for a decision at this time. He could make an early decision or it could come as late as Feb. 1, National Signing Day.

"I talked to another kid who plays here with me and we talked about making our decision all at the same time on National Signing Day," Vanderveen said. "There is probably four of us on the team who will go D-I. I don't know though, it could come before then, I really don't know right now."

Arkansas is a long distance from Vanderveen's home, but that won't be a factor if the decision is his.



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