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Arkansas Has No Commitments For 2013

Arkansas lost its only commitment for the 2013 class on Thursday when Katy, Texas, running back Jamel James decommitted from the Razorbacks.


James could still end up signing with Arkansas after he learns who the permanent head coach will be to replace the recently terminated Bobby Petrino. So could Manvel, Texas, wide receiver Austin Bennett, who decommitted from the Razorbacks on Tuesday.

“I’m still going to be look at Arkansas but it really depends on who they hire,” Bennett told this week. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet.”

That will be the theme for most prospects for the immediate future. It’s true that players sign with a school, as several 2012 Arkansas signees have stated this week. But we also must recognize that players often choose a school because of a coach and his staff.

That’s why most prospects will take a wait-and-see approach until Arkansas has a full-time head coach in place. Take safety Khari Harding from Edmond, Okla., for example.

“I’m still considering them and this affects me some, but it kind of depends on who the next coach is,” Harding told

And there’s Memphis, Tenn., running back Mark Dodson Jr., who told MrSEC Tuesday that Arkansas “most likely wouldn’t” be his choice when he announces on May 14 if the Razorbacks don’t have Petrino’s permanent replacement in place. Or Denham Springs, La., running back Kaleb Branchard, who told he plans to “let everything play out” while Arkansas looks for a new coach.

In the meantime, other schools will try to pounce on the recruiting trail as the Razorbacks lick their wounds.

All while Arkansas once again looks for its first commitment for the 2013 class.

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Arkansas Loses Ground In Dodson’s Recruitment

Don’t expect junior running back Mark Dodson Jr. to commit to Arkansas if the Razorbacks haven’t found a permanent replacement for former football coach Bobby Petrino by May 14.

That’s when Dodson plans to announce his college decision.

“(Arkansas) most likely wouldn’t be the school I’d choose,” said Dodson, who attends Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven High School.

Dodson, who’s also considering Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, said it would be difficult to choose Arkansas if the Razorbacks don’t have a new coach in place.

Petrino was a key reason Dodson has shown interest in Arkansas. He said he felt confident in how he would be used in Petrino’s offense.

“To me, the run was his first option,” Dodson said. “He was running the ball a lot but at the same time he was passing the ball efficiently. He had a balanced offense. Now with the new coach, I don’t know how things will go. The chemistry might be different.”

And Dodson’s choice might be different now that Petrino is no longer the coach at Arkansas.

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