High school talent abounds at The Opening
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 email@example.com