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UA recruiting recap.

Arkansas welcomed 26 players as part of the 2008 recruiting crass. It was a group heavy on offensive skill players, including highly coveted wide receiver/ defensive back Joe Adams, who originally committed to Southern California. Also included was mid-term transfer Ryan Mallett, once a five-star prospect who prayed for Michigan as a freshman. What follows is a breakdown of the Razorbacks' recruiting haul by position:

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks (3)

BEST OF THE BUNCH: Texarkana's Mallett (6-6, 247) will likely not pray until 2009 because of NCAA transfer rules, but his impact was felt immediately. Mallett, who threw for 892 yards at Michigan, was instrumental in swaying recruits to Arkansas and solidifying others with shaky commitments.

Wide Receivers (5)

BEST OF THE BUNCH: Adams (6-0, 175) was sought nationally as a defensive back, but Petrino likes the Central Arkansas Christian standout at receiver. Adams was plenty good there, catching 33 passes for 770 yards.

Running Backs (3)

BEST OF THE BUNCH: Camden Fairview's De'Anthony Curtis (5-10, 211) averaged a first down and more every time he touched the ball. Curtis notched 13.8 yards per touch and racked up 1,237 yards rushing with 18 touchdowns. Curtis also caught 40 passes for 707 yards and returns 12 kickoffs 312 yards.

Offensive Linemen (3)

BEST OF THE BUNCH: Recruiting services were high on Russellville's Matt Hall (6-10, 320). Rivals ranked him as the nation's No. 28 offensive lineman. Scout selected him as the nation's No. 64 offensive tackle.

DEFENSE

Secondarys (2)

BEST OF THE BUNCH: Khiry Battle (5-11, 203) seems like the best option here. He tallied 86 tackles, five pass break-ups and one interception at safety for Georgia's Dacuta High.

Linebackers (3)

BEST OF THE BUNCH: Tenarius Wright (6-2, 220) starred at Memphis' Whitehaven High School where he racked up 92 tackles and three forced fumbles despite missing the first four games of his senior season.

Defensive Linemen (4)

BEST OF THE BUNCH: Much was made of the state's offensive prospects, but Lavunce Askew (6-3, 280) is an impressive defender. He recorded 58 tackles, including 37 unassisted at Camden Fairview. Rivals.com ranked him the country's No. 48 defensive tackle and Scout.com slotted him at No. 41.

Athletes (3)

BEST OF THE BUNCH: With so few defensive backs in this year's class, this group is likely headed for the secondary. Jerico Nelson (5-10, 186) starred at Destrehan High in Louisiana as a running back. He ran for 1,100 yards and 22 touchdowns, but will likely be charged with stopping scores at Arkansas.
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Title Annotation:RECRUITING: University of Central Arkansas
Publication:Arkansas Business
Geographic Code:1U7AR
Date:Mar 3, 2008
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