SEC Football: Razorbacks Add another Verbal Commitment for 2012 Class

Ryan WrightAnalyst IIIDecember 17, 2011

Petrino may have found a replacement for Jarius Wright.
Petrino may have found a replacement for Jarius Wright.Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Lose two recruits but gain one big one in the process. Arkansas fans and the Razorback staff are getting a first-hand look at how finicky college football recruiting can be in the modern era.

The first week of December, Arkansas added three-star ( junior college defensive tackle Mike Pennel to the verbally committed list, only to have him de-commit a couple of days later.

Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino wasted little time adding another junior college recruit when four-star ( wide receiver Courtney Gardner verbally pledged to join the Hogs on Thursday.

Gardner plays for Sierra Community College in California and will be a summer enrollee for the Hogs. He is listed at 6’3", 215 pounds and runs a 4.4 40-yard dash.

In 2010 Gardner caught 22 passes for 403 yards with five touchdowns. This season he had 61 catches for 1,099 yards and 13 touchdowns.

After committing to the Hogs during the summer, Chicago quarterback Robert Gregory has opened his recruiting back up.

No word if Gregory’s decision is based on former offensive coordinator Garrick McGee leaving the program to be the head coach at University of Alabama-Birmingham or if Arkansas has a line on another top quarterback prospect chasing Gregory away.

The Razorbacks are still in the running for Springfield, Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Green-Beckham or “DBG” is listed as the top recruit in the nation regardless of position.

Petrino added a new target for Tyler Wilson.
Petrino added a new target for Tyler Wilson.Chris Graythen/Getty Images

DBG caught 119 passes for 2,233 yards with 24 touchdowns as a senior.

Arkansas’ football team is currently ranked No. 25 in the nation in recruiting by, No. 17 by, and moved up three spots to No. 26 by


Here’s a list of the 20 Razorbacks recruits:

  1. CB Ray Buchanan Jr., Suwanee, GA
  2. WR Jalen Cobb, Warren, AR
  3. CB Jared Collins, Tulsa, OK
  4. WR D’Arthur Cowan, Olive Branch, MS
  5. WR Courtney Gardner, Roseville, CA
  6. CB John Gibson, Missouri City, TX
  7. WR Keon Hatcher, Owasso, OK
  8. WR Eric Hawkins, Longview, TX
  9. DE Brandon Lewis, Memphis, TN
  10. DB Defonta Lowe, Bearden, AR
  11. ATH Nathan Holems, Port Arthur, TX
  12. RB Donovan Roberts, Norman, OK
  13. TE Jeremy Sprinkle, White Hall, AR
  14. LB Jakarri Thomas, Tallahassee, FL
  15. LB A.J. Turner, Lepanto, AR
  16. OG Jeremy Ward, Pottsville, AR
  17. DE JaMichael Winston, Prichard, AL
  18. RB Jonathan Williams, Allen, TX
  19. DE Deatrich Wise Jr., Carrolton, TX
  20. OG Cordale Boyd, Memphis, TN


Position-by-position breakdown of Arkansas 2012 verbal commitments:

Offensive line: two

Tight ends: one

Defensive line: three

Linebackers: two

Secondary: four

Running backs: two

Wide receivers: five

Quarterbacks: none

Athletes: one

Kickers: none


All verbal commitments are non-binding until a letter of intent is signed.