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Arkansas Hires Another Ex-Ohio State Assistant; Targets Ohio Prospects

Bobby Petrino has added another ex-Buckeye to his 2012 Razorback coaching staff in the person of linebackers coach Taver Johnson.  Johnson  coached cornerbacks at Ohio State from 2007 through this past fall.  His hiring in Fayetteville was reported yesterday evening.

Johnson is an Ohio native and has coached across the state at the small college (Wittenberg), big college (OSU), and pro (Cleveland Browns) levels.  In Columbus, he served under recently-hired Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes.

Johnson replaces Reggie Johnson who went with ex-Hog offensive coordinator Garrick McGee to UAB.

Johnson and Haynes give the Hogs some good ties to the state of Ohio, one of the most talent-rich states in the country.  As you must know, Arkansas is one of the most talent-poor states in the SEC when it comes to producing future NFL players.  And with Texas inroads already laid, Petrino now appears to be turning his attention to the Buckeye State.

Wise move.

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SEC Headlines – 1/12/12 Part One

1.  Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley finds redemption.

2.  Washington’s Doug Nuessmeier has been mentioned in connection with Bama’s O-coordinator job.

3.  Gene Chizik got his top choice for Auburn’s new defensive coordinator.  (Coaches always say that, of course.)

3.  VanGorder’s now gonna focus on recruiting for the Tigers.  (Dude’s got some jet black hair to be 52.)

4.  Arkansas linebackers coach Reggie Johnson will be leaving to join Garrick McGee’s UAB staff.

5.  So who voted LSU #1 in the AP Poll?

6.  The Tigers have lost an assistant coach and could lose some underclassmen to the NFL.

7.  LSU won’t have its own brand of beer after all.  Just another disappointment for all those Cajuns and Creoles.

8.  Mississippi State will try to bounce back from a loss to Arkansas when it hosts Tennessee tonight.

9.  MSU has placed a big ol’ “PLAY WITH THE BEST” billboard in Oxford.

10.  Including last night’s win, Ole Miss has dominated Arkansas of late.

11.  The Rebels failed to hit a 3-pointer last night for the first time since 1994.  (That’s 548 games.)

12.  Hugh Freeze is bringing in Dan Werner to share co-offensive coordinator duties with Matt Luke.

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Recruiting Headlines – 2/11/11

1.  Alabama basketball signee Rodney Cooper is making a name for himself.

2.  Alabama and Auburn are battling for Trevor Lacey who “might be the best unsigned high school senior basketball players in the country.”

3.  Arkansas linebackers coach Reggie Johnson is happy with the Razorbacks’ recruiting haul.

4.  LSU signee Johnny O’Bryant will play in the McDonald’s All-American game next month.

5.  John Calipari has recorded another UK recruiting first: Every member of the Cats’ 2011 signing class has been named a McDonald’s All-American.

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