Otis Kirk: Arkansas Staff Still Recruiting Without Petrino As Head Coach

by Otis Kirk, Hawgs247.com  on Thursday, Apr. 19, 2012 7:00 am  

Recruiting coordinator Tim Horton and the rest of Arkansas' remaining staff is still working to recruit for the Razorbacks. (Photo by UA Media Relatinos)

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Arkansas' football recruiting understandably suffered a setback when Bobby Petrino was fired as head coach 10 days ago, but the current staff hasn't quit recruiting.

On Tuesday, Fort Smith Southside tight end John Hunton (6-4, 245 pounds) was at Arkansas on an unofficial visit. Hunton is one of the top tight ends in the state and enjoyed his time in Fayetteville.

“It was a lot of fun seeing those guys up close,” Hunton said.

In addition to attending Arkansas' practice, Hunton got to see what it's like for the tight ends currently on the squad.

“I got to sit in on the tight ends meeting,” Hunton said. “It was fun getting to know those guys and also interact with the coaches.”

Hunton entered his visit not sure what to expect considering Petrino's firing after he began spring practice as one of the more highly praised coaches in the program's history.

“The coaches were in high spirits,” Hunton said. “A lineman was walking out onto the field and Coach (Paul) Haynes told him 'To get some hop in his step.' The lineman then sprinted down to the other end of the field.”

Hunton also was impressed with how the coaches conducted practices. Construction is underway south of Reynolds Razorback Stadium, thus no practice fields are in use.

“They only have the one field to do all their practicing on,” Hunton said. “Yet, the practice was so organized and high-tempo. I was very impressed.”

Arkansas recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Tim Horton is recruiting Hunton and also made a good impression.

“He talked to me before practice and then he talked to me and my mom after practice too,” Hunton said. “When Coach Horton talked to me he said he likes my size, my hands and my character. He said the one thing I could work on is my speed.”

Hunton said spring football for Southside will begin shortly after the conclusion of baseball.

“I'm really looking forward to spring football,” Hunton said. “They did some live hitting today on a few plays [at Arkansas] and it made me want to get in there. Demetrius Dean asked me when I was in the tight end's meeting if I wanted to suit up. I told him, 'I would like to, but I think they just want me to watch on the sidelines today.'”



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