Otis Kirk: A Look At The State Of Arkansas' Top Football Prospects For 2014 And 2015

by Otis Kirk, Hawgs247.com  on Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012 1:21 pm  

Charleston quarterback is one of the top underclassmen in the state of Arkansas. (Photo by 247Sports.com)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas has made offers to six athletes in the state for the Class of 2013 and has commitments from five of them. This week, I want to look at some underclassmen in the state that Arkansas, Arkansas State and several out-of-state schools will have high on their recruiting lists in coming months. The state has some good prospects in both the Class of 2014 and 2015. 

Here is a look at some of the top prospects coming up:
Josh Frazier, DT, 6-3, 330, Springdale Har-Ber: Frazier is a talent and the colleges have already taken notice. Arkansas, Arkansas State and Alabama have made offers and numerous other schools are showing strong interest and will make offers in the coming months. Frazier is a natural defensive tackle who has to learn to play hard on every play, but he will do that in college when he goes up against linemen his size. Class of 2014.
Bijhon Jackson, NG, 6-1, 300, El Dorado: Arkansas has made an offer to this standout in south Arkansas. Jackson came to the July football camp at Arkansas and showed his skills against older offensive linemen. Jackson plays hard but could use some height. But the NFL is full of defensive linemen as tall as him. Arkansas has the advantage and if it makes the right hire at the end of the season Jackson should end up in Fayetteville. Class of 2014.
Will Gragg, TE, 6-4, 240, Pine Bluff: The younger brother of Arkansas tight end Chris Gragg. Will got an offer from Arkansas after his performance at the June football camp at Arkansas. Gragg has the potential to be even better than his brother by the time he gets to college. Gragg combines good hands with decent speed (4.8) for his age. Ran very precise routes at the camp in Fayetteville and caught every pass thrown at him. Class of 2015.
Ty Storey, QB, 6-3, 211, Charleston: Storey was honored Wednesday at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club as the Northwest Arkansas player of the week. Storey passed for 448 yards and seven touchdowns in a 55-20 victory over Danville on Friday night. Storey has already collected offers from Arkansas State and Arkansas Tech. Should be just a matter of time before Arkansas also makes an offer. Class of 2015.
Jordan Dennis, WR-CB, 6-2, 170, Fayetteville: Played at Springdale last year and then moved to Fayetteville in May. Has the potential to explode in the offense at Fayetteville. Springdale seemed to use him more at cornerback while Fayetteville has used him more at wide receiver. He has 19 receptions for 365 yards and three touchdowns this season. Dennis said Arkansas is looking at him seriously. I think he's one of the best in the state. Class of 2014.
Jarvis Cooper, LB, 6-2, 225, West Memphis: This standout was unblockable against Pulaski Academy a couple of weeks ago. He played down on the line last season as a sophomore, but should be a linebacker in college. Arkansas, Arkansas State and numerous others are keeping an eye on him. He could even grow into a defensive end at the next level. Should be among the top recruits in the state when he's a senior. Class of 2014.
Deandre Murray, RB-WR, 6-2, 170, Springdale: Playing high school football for the first time this season and it doesn't appear he has missed a beat. Scored six touchdowns last weekend against Rogers while rushing for 271 yards on 23 carries. I first saw him in a 7-on-7 tournament at Shiloh Christian this summer and no one could cover him. Fayetteville won, but had to try various defenders to even slow Murray down. He has 66 carries for 592 yards and 10 touchdowns. One to watch if takes care of his academics. Class of 2014.
Josh Qualls, QB, 6-1, 165, Rogers Heritage: Needs to grow some to really attract the kind of offers he deserves. Very talented quarterback who can make all the throws. His first high school game was last year against Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest and wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham in Razorback Stadium. This season, he has completed 55 of 107 passes for 887 yards and 14 touchdowns. More important, Qualls has helped Heritage get off to a 4-0 start. Class of 2014.
Isaac Jackson, QB, 6-2, 185, Fort Smith Southside: The son of former Fort Smith Northside and Oklahoma State quarterback Ike Jackson. The younger Jackson is a very good athlete. As a sophomore last season he caught 42 passes for 507 yards and seven touchdowns. At quarterback this year he is doing a good job running the offense for Southside. Attended a combine in Bentonville and wowed observers in the vertical jump when he hit the top bar. Class of 2014.
Jack Kraus, TE, 6-4, 215, Bentonville: Doesn't get a chance to catch many passes in Bentonville's offense, but is a big target who has already drawn interest from the major colleges. Kraus has been a regular at Arkansas games this fall. Bentonville is undefeated and Kraus is one of the key players on a powerful offense. He also has the frame to put on a lot of weight in college and will get some good offers. Class of 2014.
Chuks Ota, NG, 6-1 1/2, 285, Jonesboro: This kid has the potential to take over a game. He gets very good pad level and is strong against the run. Attended some Arkansas games this season including the Louisiana-Monroe game in Little Rock. Has a nice frame though if he could stand to grow a couple of inches, which would lead even more recruiters to take notice. Class of 2014.


Otis Kirk is the dean of Arkansas recruiting writers and has covered high school recruiting for more than 30 years. His "Recruiting 360" column appears online at ArkansasSports360.com every Thursday, and his features and message board posts regularly can be found at the premium website Hawgs247.com, a member of the 247Sports Network.



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