Otis Kirk: Razorbacks Working To Impress Sooner State Prospects

by Otis Kirk, Hawgs247.com  on Thursday, Mar. 29, 2012 7:41 am  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Broken Arrow (Okla.) cornerback Cre Moore didn't leave a recent Arkansas Junior Day visit with an offer. But he did leave with a good impression of the campus and program.

Moore (6-0, 173 pounds) was on campus March 3. He and three teammates took in all the things Arkansas has to offer during the visit and Moore said they left impressed.

“I think the campus is really nice,” Moore said. “They have good coaches there and it was pretty cool there. I'm going to the one-day camp there this summer.”

Moore is hoping to gain an offer after the camp. That's the same thing two of Arkansas' three recent signees from Oklahoma did. Tulsa Booker T. Washington cornerback Jared Collins and Owasso wide receiver Keon Hatcher both earned scholarship offers after attending camp at Arkansas.

Moore attended the Nike Combine held Saturday in Dallas and was pleased, but not satisfied with his numbers. Moore recorded an impressive 4.51 seconds (laser timed) in the 40-yard dash. In addition, Moore did a 36.3-inch vertical jump, threw the power ball 35 feet and had a Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness (SPARQ) rating of 97.8. His 4.37 time in the shuttle was a result of slipping, he said.

Moore is coming off a solid junior season and knows a great summer plus a strong senior season could result in several scholarship offers.

“I had to share time as a junior,” Moore said. “I still did pretty good. I had 40 tackles, 2 interceptions and 3 blocked field goals.”

Moore said he's currently hearing the most from Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Arkansas State. In addition to visiting Arkansas, Moore has been to a Junior Day at Tulsa. He also plans to take a visit to Jonesboro to see Arkansas State as well.

In addition to a positive visit during the Junior Day at Arkansas, there's another factor that has helped Moore gain strong interest in the Razorbacks.

“There's a lot of Oklahoma kids over there,” Moore said. “Coach Cink (Kris Cinkovich) is a nice guy and he's recruiting me for Arkansas. Coach (Garrick) McGee was recruiting me for there, but he took a job at UAB.”


In addition to the Oklahoma recruits Arkansas is looking at for the Class of 2013, the Razorbacks already have several players from Oklahoma as Moore pointed out.

Norman running back Donovan Roberts signed with the Razorbacks in February. Roberts had offers from several schools including Oklahoma. Hatcher also had offers, including one from Oklahoma State, and is rated a 4-star recruit by 247Sports while Collins had an offer to Tulsa.



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