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Tom Lemming of ESPN toured the state looking for HS talent that'll be talked about this season and up til signing day next year. Here is what he had to say.

NOTE: Derek Moore, Marcus Harrison, Nate Garner, Gary Anderson, Jr., and Keith Jackson, Jr. have already orally committed to Arkansas.

Linemen, receivers lead Arkansas prospects
By Tom Lemming, ESPN.com college football recruiting ****yst
Friday, May 31 Updated 12:36 PM EST


LITTLE ROCK, ARK. -- As a sort of prelude to the start of my annual road trip, I journeyed to Arkansas recently to see that state's top prospects.

The first town I stopped in was Ft. Smith. At Southside High School, I saw LB Derek Moore (6-5, 220), who is considered one of the top two LBs in the state and has explosive moves and the frame to grow into a college DE. His teammate, Clifton Calvert, is a 6-2, 195-pound LB with a little more speed than Moore, but he needs to put on some weight for college. Perhaps the best player in Ft. Smith is CB Khayyam Burns, a very fast athlete with good grades from Northside High School. Another prospect to watch from that area is lineman Shawn Shoemake of Van Buren, who made the All-State team as a sophomore but not as a junior. He prefers defense, but I think he might be a better OG in college.

Then I headed to Russellville, where I saw Landon Leach, the state's top QB (more than 3,000 passing yards as a junior) who's also the top baseball catcher in the state and plans on playing both sports in college. Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma and Mississippi are all coming after him.

After Russellville, I traveled to Little Rock, where there are always good prospects, and this year is no exception. QB Lance Parker from nearby Bryan threw for over 2,500 yards last year. I was also impressed with lineman Nate Garner (6-7, 300) of Robinson High School. Gary Anderson Jr. (6-0, 165) of North Little Rock is one of the more explosive players in the state (10.6 100 meters) and will be recruited as a WR, CB and KR. His father played at Arkansas, so I would say the Razorbacks would have the inside track. Then there's McClellan High School DT Keith Jackson Jr. (6-2, 265), whose father played at Oklahoma and in the pros for many years. He's going to be one of the bigger names of the year and has a shot to be an All-American. And Marcus Harrison , a DL from Mills High School, is definitely a big-time player.

From Little Rock, I drove to Malvern, which has produced a number of NFL players, including Keith Traylor (Bears). Malvern's coach says that Rashaud Walker (6-4, 305) is as good as Traylor, and I didn't argue with him. After watching Walker on film, I think he's going to be one of best interior DL in the nation if he makes it academically; in fact, he looked better than any DL I saw last year except for Haloti Ngata.

Then I headed to south to Warren, a small town but the home of the state champions, and I could see why: The school has the best football and basketball player in the state in Brett Smith (6-2, 175), who's definitely an All-American and better than any WR I saw on film in the Class of 2002, including Ryan Moore and Maurice Stovall; he caught 102 passes for 2,485 yards last season (a state record) and averaged 25 points per game in basketball as a guard. He's been offered by Kentucky, South Carolina and Ole Miss in basketball and by just about everybody in football. He's the premier player in Arkansas, a difference-maker type of WR. His teammate Terrance Hampton is also a really good WR who caught 74 passes for over 1,700 yards and is a great kick and punt returner.

From Warren, I headed toward Texas and my last stop in Texarkana, where I saw the best rising junior in the state, Freddie Barnett (6-1, 283), who's already as good as any NT I saw nationally last year.

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07-11-2002 09:53 AM
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We have really good talent right here in our homestate.....its going to be fun watching HS Football this year.
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Definitely, though I'd like to keep hitting Texas hard as well for HS players, as well as Louisiana.

Back to HS a minute...who's everyone's picks again?

I got Russellville (5A), Alma (4A), Warren (3A), and Harding Academy (2A)
07-11-2002 02:08 PM
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