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Courtesy of Razorback Central
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Future Razorbacks Check In At Nutt's Camp
Monday, June 10, 2002

Arkansas Looking To Gain At Least One Verbal Commitment

UA Recruiting

By Brett Bradley

The Morning News/RazorbackCentral

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt welcomed over 400 high school football players to his camp Sunday evening.

A few prospects have already given Arkansas a verbal pledge for next fall, while some of the campers are relishing the opportunity to receive an offer.

Arkansas has jumped out the gate this year in recruiting by gaining eight verbal commitments during the spring.

"A lot of people may seemed surprised by the early number, but not me. The talent level in the state is up," Arkansas assistant coach George Pugh said.

MOORE IS NOT LESS

Fort Smith Southside outside linebacker Derek Moore (6-foot-4, 232 pounds) was one of the first campers to arrive.

Red Zone Recruiting's Pat Jenkins considers Moore a "can't miss" prospect.

"I have him rated as one of the top linebackers in the state for this fall," Jenkins said. "He plays with great field awareness and uses his hands exceptionally well."

Moore has Arkansas at the top of his list and may end speculation about his future by giving Arkansas its ninth verbal.

"I'm just taking everything in right now and hoping to have a good camp," Moore said.

MAYFLOWER'S GRISBY REPORTS

Mayflower High athlete Herb Grisby (5-11, 152) reported to camp with the intention to report to Arkansas next summer.

"I've already given Arkansas a verbal commitment earlier this spring," Grisby said. "I'm basically here to just have fun and enjoy this nice campus."

Grisby doubles by playing wide receiver and defensive back and has been timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He hauled in 948 yards receiving to go with 12 TD's last season.

He also tore it up on defense, with seven interceptions and 37 tackles.

Grisby said that he was offered a scholarship last week by Iowa and intends on camping there in July.

"I promised my cousin Jonathan Jones that I would go to camp at Iowa with him, so I guess I'm still going.

"Arkansas has nothing to worry about, I just made a promise to him earlier."

Jenkins has Grisby listed as the fourth-best receiver prospect in the state.

"That's not a knock against him, you just have to look around the state at all the teams that are spreading the field and throwing the football," Jenkins said.

DUMAS QUARTERBACK/LINEBACKER AWAITING OFFER

Dumas High quarterback and linebacker Anthony Gray (6-4, 220) is awaiting an offer from the Arkansas coaching staff.

"This is the only camp that I'll probably attend because our AAU basketball team has plans to travel this summer," Gray said.

Gray is drawing interest from Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss and Tennessee. He runs a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and bench presses 225 pounds.

"Hopefully, I'll impress the coaches enough to get an offer this week," Gray said. "If the Arkansas coaches offer me while I'm here, I'll jump all over it."

"I've always dreamed of being a Razorback from the time I was little until now."

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FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas assistant Danny Nutt needs to add another zip code to his address book.

He's now responsible for recruiting the fertile city of Memphis for the Arkansas football program.

Arkansas has signed its share of talented athletes from the Bluff City and may add a few more to next year's recruiting class.

One Memphis school with Division I prospects is Frayser High. The Razorbacks know it well. Frayser is the home of Arkansas recruits Terry Crawford, Jamarcus Gaither, Cornelius Lewis and Jamal Rufus.

HOGS CHASING GAITHER

A running back, Gaither (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) has decided that whichever school he chooses will be close to home.

"I'm still kind of wide-open, but I plan on staying close to the house," Gaither said.

That seems to bode well for Arkansas, since Memphis is only a five hour drive down Interstate 40.

"Arkansas being so close to home is a big factor."

Gaither lead Frayser to a 7-4 season last fall, rushing for 1,100 yards and with 9 touchdowns on his way to being named all-metro and all-region as a junior. His 40-yard time is 4.4 seconds.

Gaither also is being recruited by Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Camps don't give a clue to Gaither's plans. He doesn't intend on attending any, choosing instead to workout on his own at the YMCA "every day."

Gaither has a 3.2 GPA and dedicates a lot of his spare time to studying.

"I'm looking for a good business school so that I can major in business management," he said.

Gaither is familiar with Arkansas and sounds interested.

"The opportunity to play in the SEC is hard to pass up," he said. "Plus, (UA junior All-SEC safety) Ken Hamlin played here my freshmen year."

Gaither is also aware of Hamlin's recent DUI – his second in 14 months – and "indefinite" suspension from the team.

"I hope everything works out for him," Gaither said. "I've always looked up to Ken."

Should he become a Hog, Gaither might be playing on Hamlin's turf.

"I'd like a shot a running back, but in college I'll probably play in the secondary," he said.

RUFUS HIGH ON THE HOGS

Gaither's best friend just happens to be quarterback Jamal Rufus (6-3, 205), who likes to be listed as an athlete.

Rufus, who said, "Arkansas is my No.1 choice," has been timed with a 4.5-second 40, bench presses 265 pounds and squats 435.

Last season, he passed for over 1,200 yards with 9 TDs and also rushed for close to 400 yards with 7 TDs. And he had six 2-point conversions.

As an outside linebacker, Rufus had 19 sacks.

"I'd love to play safety or wide receiver in college," Rufus said.

Besides Arkansas, Rufus is drawing attention from Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis and every school in the SEC.

But Rufus is awful high on the Hogs.

"I've already told my mom that Arkansas is were I want to go," Rufus said.

"Georgia Tech and Kentucky have already offered me a scholarship. I'd like to commit early to the school that shows the most interest early."

"That's why Arkansas is the team to beat."

Rufus has a 3.2 core GPA to go with his 18 ACT score.

He also is playing it smart about future plans.

"I wouldn't mind redshirting to get bigger and stronger," he said. "But, if the chance to play early comes, then I'd have to jump on it."

JACK HAS THE TOOLS

Humble (Texas) High defensive end Jason Jack (6-5, 250) has all the tools and skills to develop into a special player.

Jack is being recruited by Arkansas assistant Chris Vaughn.

"He seems like a pretty cool guy, very respectful," Jack said.

Jack made it sound cool to play at Arkansas, too.

"Arkansas plays in the toughest league in college football," Jack said. "That by itself is enough to have me interested in the program."

Jack runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, bench presses 335 pounds and squats 500. He recorded 42 tackles and 10 sacks last season. He has a 3.2 GPA and is awaiting his score from the ACT he took June 1. He will attend the Texas camp on June 9 and "may" attend the Texas A&M camp. Although not camping at Arkansas, that doesn't mean he's dismissing the Razorbacks.

"I'm wide-open as of right now, but I'm interested in leaving the state," Jack said. "The deciding factor will be education and early playing time."
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