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Arkansas Recruiting: Official Visits Weekend of 1/17

Today starts the final push towards signing the 2014 class. Four more weekends of official visits.

I want you!
I want you!
Wesley Hitt

The dead period of recruiting is over. Coaches are surely incessantly talking to recruits now, and over the next four weekends campus will be filled with prospective players checking out what Arkansas has to offer.

Official visits often are the final straw in letting a recruit know whether or not to to attend a school. So if you're going to be at the Catfish Hole Saturday night, keep that #CatfishHoleMagic -- and the hushpuppies -- flowin'!

It should be noted that this list is as accurate as possible come publishing time, but 18-year-olds can -- and do -- change their minds. Knowing that, here's a list of who is expected to be in Fayetteville this weekend - broken down into categories of their commitment status.


WR/CB Cornelius Floyd (6-foot-1, 190-pounds)- A sub-4.5-40-yard-dash prospect from Miami posses offers from Oklahoma and Wake in addition to Arkansas. It's believed his final two are believed to between the Hogs and Sooners with Arkansas his only scheduled official visit so far. Need a playmaker on the outside? This would be a nice pickup. Randy Shannon was in Miami to visit Floyd yesterday.

OT Andrew Mike (6-7, 270)- He took an official visit to Washington, his presumed long-time leader, for the Huskies game against in-state rival Washington State (before then coach Steve Sarkisian left for USC). Florida is making a strong push towards signing day, and he will visit the Gainesville next weekend.

CB Lamont Simmons (6-2, 180)- Simmons is a big-bodied defensive back with 4.5 speed. He's taken visits to Rutgers and Auburn with scheduled visits left to Arkansas, Penn State and Southern California.

LB Kenny Young (6-2, 220)- Young will arrive on Sunday after the weekend at Texas A&M. He also has official visits scheduled with LSU, Oklahoma State and UCLA. Landing this Louisiana native, who is one of the top LBs in the class, is a long shot, but as of right now he is planning on coming up to Fayetteville, at least the Hogs are hoping he keeps his visit. Bielema always says, "We just need to get them up here." We'll see how that holds up with Young.

UPDATE: Young did not make it to Fayetteville for his visit. He has not yet committed anywhere and may reschedule his visit for later.

Committed to Arkansas

RB Juan Day (6-1, 210)- Day is from North Little Rock and has been in Fayetteville off and on throughout this past season. He tore his ACL earlier this year during high school ball. Despite this setback and because of his skill set he remains one of the top players from the Natural State.

DL Bijohn Jackson (6-2. 334)- Simply put, Jackson is the prize of this year's class. He is constantly letting his followers know on Twitter that he stands behind Bielema and will be a Razorback, even if Charlie Patridge and Chris Ash have left. From El Dorado, he has the talent to go to any school in the country he wants to go to and could be a huge difference-maker on the defense going forward.

TE Jack Kraus (6-5, 250)- Here's another Arkansas resident who decided early on to become a Hog. He was coached by Barry Lunney Jr. in high school before Lunney became a position coach at Arkansas.

Committed to Other Schools

DE Anthony Brown (6-4, 235)- Brown is another Miami prospect being recruited by Randy Shannon and new defensive line coach Rory Segrest. Currently, he is committed to Florida International with offers from Michigan State, Mississippi State, and Arkansas. After visiting The Hill he has planned to go to Starkville for the weekend.