Hooten’s foot­ball mag­a­zine a July sta­ple

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE - DUD­LEY E. DAW­SON Dud­ley E. Daw­son can be reached at ddaw­son@nwadg.com.

There are many rea­sons I love the month of July, be­gin­ning with cel­e­brat­ing our na­tion’s birth­day.

That’s also the month I usu­ally take a cou­ple weeks of my va­ca­tion time and get to re­lax with­out wor­ry­ing about who is com­mit­ting when and to what team.

July also brings Hooten’s Arkansas Foot­ball mag­a­zine, now in its 25th year.

It’s al­ways wel­comed and used to brush up on high school teams and plan my fall Fri­day nights watch­ing high school prospects com­mit­ted to the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville, or be­ing re­cruited by the Ra­zor­backs.

Warren wide re­ceiver Trey­lon Burks (6-3, 215) is one of four 2019 prospects al­ready of­fered by Arkansas. He may be the best re­cruit in the state in the next two classes. He gets his sea­son started early on Aug. 29 when the Lum­ber­jacks face Lit­tle Rock Chris­tian.

Burks, an all-state foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and base­ball player as a sopho­more, has Arkansas and Auburn among his sev­eral of­fers. He had 1,385 yards re­ceiv­ing and 18 touch­downs last sea­son.

Charleston stand­out Sean Michael Flana­gan is a Ra­zor­back safety com­mit and also be­gins his sea­son that same day when his team plays at Dar­danelle, fol­lowed by a home game against Epis­co­pal (Sept. 8) and a road game Sept. 15 at Ozark.

Green­wood quar­ter­back and Arkansas pledge Con­nor Noland (6-2, 185) will start his sea­son by tak­ing on Fort Smith Northside on Sept. 1 and Fort Smith South­side on Sept. 8.

Earle quar­ter­back Gerry Bo­han­non, who has Arkansas among his mul­ti­ple of­fers, gets his sea­son go­ing Sept. 1 by host­ing He­lena with a Nov. 2 home game with East Poin­sett County clos­ing out the reg­u­lar-sea­son slate.

A must-watch is the Jones­boro of­fen­sive line duo of se­nior Arkansas com­mit Paul Gatlin (6-7, 300) and highly re­cruited Dar­ius Thomas (6-6, 330). The Golden Hur­ri­cane opens the reg­u­lar sea­son Aug. 31 against Batesville at Arkansas State Univer­sity and closes at Mar­ion on Nov. 2. Games at Con­way (Sept. 8) and home against Lit­tle Rock Catholic (Sept. 15) look en­tic­ing.

I’ll only have to drive a cou­ple of miles to knock out two prospects as Spring­dale de­fen­sive line­man Isa­iah Ni­chols (6-3, 260) and his team host Ben­tonville West and ju­nior wide re­ceiver and Ra­zor­back tar­get Jadon Jack­son on Oct. 6.

Ash­down corner­back LaDar­ius Bishop (6-0, 175) is one of Arkansas’ re­cruit­ing tar­gets and will be clos­est when his team plays at Mena on Sept. 22.

One would ex­pect Pu­laski Academy of­fen­sive line­man Luke Jones to be in the fold soon, and the Ra­zor­backs have also of­fered ju­nior tight end Hud­son Henry. The Bru­ins don’t shy away from com­pe­ti­tion and open the sea­son by play­ing at Sand Springs, Oka. (Sept. 1), and host­ing Mem­phis Ridge­way (Sept. 8) and Bossier City, La., Park­way (Sept. 15).

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