Fayetteville, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Razorback coaching staff will have one last weekend to entertain recruits before Wednesday’s National Signing Day. Among those visiting the Fayetteville campus this weekend is running back Denzell Evans.
Evans, 6’0”, 205 pounds, is a teammate of three-star offensive tackle Dwayne Johnson, another Arkansas Razorback recruit. The Razorbacks could be doubling up on a pair of high school teammates for the second year in a row if all goes well this weekend during Evans’ visit.
Call it a packaged deal if you want but whatever gets the best recruits on campus within the guidelines of the NCAA’s recruiting rules should be in play. Such was the case last year for the Hogs when they nabbed two Alabama prep stars, defensive tackle Darius Philon and defensive end JaMichael Winston out of Mobile.
Winston was a commitment of the Hogs when Philon announced he was going to play for the Tide, even though Bama head coach Nick Saban had pulled his scholarship offer after Philon had been committed since August of the previous year. Philon would later sign a letter of intent to play for the Razorbacks allowing Arkansas to steal another top defensive recruit in the nation.
The 2013 recruiting class could pull another pair of teammates, with less drama than Philon’s 2012 National Signing Day announcement, in Evans and Johnson out of Bellaire High School in Texas.
Evans is rated as a three-star prospect with offers from Michigan State, SMU, Arizona State, Kansas State, Michigan, and Colorado among others. In March of 2012 Evans verbally committed to the University of Houston but has let it be known that he really wants an offer from Arkansas. Speculation is if Evans’ visit goes well this weekend he could pull teammate Johnson to Fayetteville in 2013 as well.
Johnson has several offers from major BCS programs but his recruiting has come down to Arkansas and Nebraska per reports. Johnson, 6’6”, 275 pounds, received in-home visits from Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini days before Johnson arrived for his Jan. 25 visit but did not verbally commit to Nebraska choosing to wait until he visited the Arkansas campus or waiting to see if Evans would join him in Fayetteville in 2013.