High school tal­ent abounds at The Open­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - RECRUITING/COLLEGE FOOTBALL - RICHARD DAVEN­PORT

BEAVER­TON, Ore. — The Open­ing, a three-day event show­cas­ing the na­tion’s top high school foot­ball tal­ent, kicked off Satur­day morn­ing with sev­eral Arkansas Ra­zor­backs prospects tak­ing part.

The Hogs are one of the top five schools in pur­suit of of­fen­sive line­man Cur­tis Dun­lap. Of­fen­sive line­man Penei Sewell is an­other the Hogs are pur­su­ing.

Dun­lap, 6-5, 350 pounds, of IMG Academy in Braden­ton, Fla., has more than 40 schol­ar­ship of­fers, with Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma, Ge­or­gia and Michi­gan listed as his top five on March 26.

Dun­lap is be­ing re­cruited by of­fen­sive line coach Kurt An­der­son and has plans to make an of­fi­cial visit to Fayet­teville. ESPN rates Dun­lap as the na­tion’s No. 2 cen­ter and No. 121 prospect over­all.

Hog of­fen­sive line­man Hjalte Fro­holdt at­tended IMG Academy as a se­nior and the Ra­zor­backs are hop­ing Dun­lap be­comes the sec­ond line­man from the school to join the pro­gram.

Sewell, 6-4, 320, of St. Ge­orge (Utah) Desert Hills, vis­ited Fayet­teville with his brother Noah, a sopho­more line­backer, and his fa­ther Gabriel in May.

Sewell, who is be­ing re­cruited by An­der­son, said he was im­pressed with the fam­ily at­mos­phere at Arkansas.

Arkansas, Alabama, LSU, Florida, South­ern Cal, UCLA, Utah, Michi­gan, Oklahoma and Ne­braska are among the schools who have of­fered schol­ar­ships to Sewell.

ESPN rates Sewell as the na­tion’s No. 7 of­fen­sive guard

and No. 150 over­all prospect. Sewell’s fa­ther, Gabriel, has in­di­cated the Hogs could get an of­fi­cial visit dur­ing the sea­son.

Two Louisiana prospects who have com­mit­ted to LSU, line­backer Micah Baskerville, 6-2, 216, and corner­back Ar’Dar­ius Wash­ing­ton, have ex­pressed in­ter­est in mak­ing re­turn trips to Fayet­teville in the fu­ture.

Baskerville and Wash­ing­ton are both from Shreve­port Evan­gel.

Baskerville is par­tic­i­pat­ing

in The Open­ing.

Wash­ing­ton, 5-9, 168, 4.57 sec­onds in the 40-yard dash, has more than 10 schol­ar­ship of­fers, with Arkansas, LSU and TCU among the suit­ors.

Arkansas cur­rently has two Shreve­port Evan­gel prod­ucts on the ros­ter with ju­nior safety San­tos Ramirez and se­nior re­ceiver Jared Cor­nelius. ESPN rates Baskerville a 3-star prospect.

Michi­gan of­fen­sive tackle Devon­tae Dobbs, one of the na­tion’s top 2019 prospects, has of­fers from many of the na­tion’s top pro­grams, in­clud­ing Arkansas.

Dobbs, 6-5, 286, 5.20 sec­onds in the 40, of Belleville, Mich., is one of only six ju­niors and the only 2019 of­fen­sive line­man in­vited to The Open­ing.

The Hogs were the third school to ex­tend an of­fer to ju­nior run­ning back John Emery Jr., 5-11, 202, of Destre­han, La. Ge­or­gia and North Carolina were the first two schools to of­fer while LSU was the fourth to do so. Michi­gan, Ten­nessee, Ole Miss, among oth­ers, have of­fered Emery since his first four.

Emery, who has stated a de­sire to visit Fayet­teville, is the lone ju­nior run­ning back at The Open­ing.

Ra­zor­backs de­fen­sive end tar­get Nick Ful­wider and his mother, Di­a­hann, had an im­pres­sive June 19 visit to Fayet­teville and the Hogs’ tar­get is plan­ning to make a re­turn trip in July.

Ful­wider, 6-7, 245, 4.79 sec­onds in the 40-yard dash, of Ty­rone (Ga.) Sandy Creek, has 20 schol­ar­ship of­fers, with Arkansas, Wis­con­sin, West Vir­ginia, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mis­sis­sippi State and Ten­nessee among those who have of­fered. His per­sonal trainer and men­tor will ac­com­pany him on the up­com­ing trip to Arkansas.

Ful­wider and his mother had high praise for the school’s en­gi­neer­ing pro­gram. Arkansas de­fen­sive line coach John Scott Jr. has de­vel­oped a very good re­la­tion­ship with Ful­wider and his mother.

It’s ex­pected that Ful­wider will re­lease his top four or five schools this week and the Hogs are ex­pected to be on the list.

Email Richard Daven­port at rdav­en­port@arkansason­line.com

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