Otis Kirk: Altee Tenpenny, Other Top Running Backs Highlight Razorback Junior Day

by Otis Kirk, Hawgs247.com  on Thursday, Mar. 1, 2012 9:37 am  

North Little Rock running back Altee Tenpenny is among the top running back prospects attending Arkansas' Junior Day. Tenpenny is committed to Alabama. (Photo by Amy Glover Bryant)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas will host another Junior Day on Saturday with around 25 prospects scheduled to be on campus.

Arkansas hosted approximately the same amount of prospects on Feb. 12. The headliners of this Junior Day might be the running backs. St. Louis (Mo.) John Burroughs 3-star Ezekiel Elliott (6-0, 195), North Little Rock 4-star Altee Tenpenny (5-11, 200), Denham Springs (La.) 3-star Kaleb Blanchard (6-1, 200), Bentonville's Tearris Wallace (5-10, 207), and Cordova (Tenn.) St. Benedict at Auburdale 4-star Jordan Wilkins (6-0, 205), are all slated to be in Fayetteville on Saturday.

Tenpenny is rated the No. 1 prospect in Arkansas by 247Sports and is currently committed to Alabama. The Razorbacks are still hoping to change his mind. Tenpenny missed his entire junior season with an injury, but is back running track this spring. He feels he is about 80-percent recovered from his injury at this time.

Wallace has helped lead Bentonville to the Class 7A state championship game the past two seasons and was named the game's MVP as a sophomore. Wallace recently competed at the Northwest Arkansas EAE Combine in Bentonville and performed well.

Blanchard has an offer to Arkansas and, like Tenpenny, battled injuries as a junior. If he's healthy then LSU and others are expected to jump on board. However, the Razorbacks may have the inside track with the 3-star who has 4.45 speed.

“I'm not really an LSU fan,” Blanchard said. “I'm a Razorback fan. My grandma lives in Little Rock and is a Razorback fan.”

Arkansas has offered Elliott, but may have some work to do to land his signature. Elliott has 13 scholarship offers and is currently favoring Ohio State, Notre Dame and Missouri. A good visit this weekend could move the Razorbacks up on his list.

Arkansas has also offered Wilkins and seems to be in decent shape for him. Arkansas, Michigan, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are just four of the 10 offers for Wilkins. He also attended the Auburn game in Fayetteville last fall on an unofficial visit.

A pair of quarterbacks from Texas are also planning to be at Arkansas on Saturday. Houston Langham Creek's Connor Feist (6-2, 185) and Plano's Richard Lagow (6-6, 220) both are hoping to receive an offer from Arkansas soon.

“I like Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Northwestern, Colorado and Baylor,” Lagow said.

As a junior, Lagow completed 122 of 215 passes for 1,646 yards, 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Plano finished 4-6, but lost several close games.

Feist is looking hard at Arkansas, who he said is recruiting him harder than any school, Purdue, Utah and Virginia. In two years, Feist has completed 351 of 588 passes for 5,513 yards, 53 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.



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