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2001 Arkansas Football National Letter-of-Intent Signees

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2001 Arkansas Football National Letter-of-Intent Signees

2001 UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS FOOTBALL

NATIONAL LETTER-OF-INTENT SIGNEES

NOTE: Classification listed is as of fall 2001.

SHAWN ANDREWS, FR, OL, 6-6, 330, Camden (Fairview HS), Ark.

COLE BARTHEL, FR, QB, 6-2, 205, Decatur (Decatur HS), Ala.

DECORI BIRMINGHAM, FR, ATH, 6-0, 200, Atlanta (Atlanta HS), Texas

SHERMAR BRACY, FR, ATH, 6-2, 205, Rison (Rison HS), Ark.

PIERRE BROWN, FR, LB, 6-0, 215, Birmingham (Shades Valley HS), Ala.

AHMAD CARROLL, FR, DB, 5-11, 190, Atlanta (Douglass HS), Ga.

CALEB CEASER, FR, WR, 5-11, 180, Beaumont (Ozen HS), Texas

KYLE DICKERSON, FR, RB, 5-11, 195, Memphis (East HS), Tenn.

JIMARR GALLON, SO, DB, 5-11, 195, Chesterfield (Chesterfield HS Butler County CC), Va.

JARED HICKS, FR, TEOL, 6-6, 240, Bartlesville (Bartlesville HS), Okla.

DE’ARRIUS HOWARD, FR, RB, 6-0, 205, West Memphis (West Memphis HS), Ark.

JEB HUCKEBA, FR, OLB, 6-4, 210, Searcy (Harding Academy), Ark.

MARVIN JACKSON, JR, DB, 5-9, 165, Galveston (Ball HS Navarro College), Texas

TARVARIS JACKSON, FR, QB, 6-3, 215, Montgomery (Sidney Lanier HS), Ala.

JAMES JOHNSON, FR, DL, 6-6, 285, Pearcy (Lake Hamilton HS), Ark.

MATT JONES, FR, QB, 6-5, 215, Fort Smith (Northside HS), Ark.

CLARKE MOORE, FR, LB, 6-2, 230, Van Buren (Van Buren HS), Ark.

MARK PIERCE, FR, RB, 6-1, 215, Weatherford (Weatherford HS), Texas

LERINEZO ROBINSON, FR, DB, 6-0, 185, Mayflower (Mayflower HS), Ark.

MICHAEL ROBINSON, FR, WRLB, 6-2, 200, Birmingham (Jackson-Olin HS), Ala.

PATRICK ROBINSON, FR, DL, 6-0, 310, West Memphis (West Memphis HS), Ark.

KYLE ROPER, FR, TEOL, 6-3, 255, Powder Springs (McEachern HS), Ga.

P.J. SMITH, FR, RB, 5-9, 185, Daytona Beach (Mainland HS), Fla.

SHAWN ANDREWS

FR – OL – 6-6 – 330

Camden (Fairview HS), Ark.

40-yard dash: 5.4 seconds
Parade
All-American
USAToday.com All-American
ranked No. 4 among offensive guards in the nation by Max Emfinger
named conference’s Most Valuable Lineman in 5A South
will compete in the Arkansas All-Star Game
ranked No. 67 overall by Rivals100.com
ranked No. 10 among offensive linemen by Rivals100.com
played in only six games during senior season due to back injury
tallied 98 pancake blocks and an average grade of 88 percent on his blocking assignments
averaged 16.3 pancake blocks per game
recorded 30 tackles and nine sacks on defense
standout track athlete who competed in shot put and discus
also recruited by Tennessee, Ole Miss

COLE BARTHEL

FR – QB – 6-2 – 205

Decatur (Decatur HS), Ala.

40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds
named the North Alabama Player of the year as a senior
a three-time North Alabama All-Area selection (sophomore, junior, senior)
bench press: 200 pounds
passed for 2,074 yards and 21 touchdowns on 269 attempts while rushing for 700 yards as a senior
one of three finalists for the top back in the year in Alabama as a senior
ranked No. 69 nationally among quarterbacks by Rivals100.com
as a junior, passed for 1,175 yards and 8 touchdowns while rushing for 670 yards and 7 touchdowns en route to an all-state honorable mention
nominated for 6A Player of the Year in Alabama as a senior
a standout prep baseball player who earned an all-state honorable mention as a sophomore before being named all-area and all-state as a junior; named team’s Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior

DECORI BIRMINGHAM

FR – ATH – 6-0 – 200

Atlanta (Atlanta HS), Texas

40-yard dash: 4.41 seconds
cousin of former Razorback Randy Garner and current Razorback Jason Peters
No. 16 player overall as ranked by David Garvin’s Longhorn Link
No. 62 running back by Rivals100.com
helped team to district championship while rushing for 2,000 yards and earning all-conference, All-Northeast Texas and all-state honors
rushed for 1,063 yards and 13 touchdowns on 125 carries in only five games as a senior; named second-team all-district despite missing four games with injury
rated No. 43 overall in Texas by Max Emfinger
rated No. 15 “speed running back” in the nation by Max Emfinger
also recruited by Alabama

SHERMAR BRACY

FR – ATH – 6-2 – 205

Rison (Rison HS), Ark.

40-yard dash: 4.39 seconds
rated No. 33 I-back in the nation by Max Emfinger
rushed for 1,922 yards and 29 touchdowns on 259 carries during his prep career
helped lead Rison to a AA state championship as a senior in his only season of high school football
also recruited by Auburn and Mississippi State

PIERRE BROWN

FR – LB – 6-0 – 215

Birmingham (Shades Valley HS), Ala.

40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
SuperPrep
rates him as No. 6 overall player in Alabama
recorded 135 tackles as a senior, including 11 sacks
served as team captain as a senior
voted team’s Most Valuable Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player
named City of Birmingham’s Defensive Lineman of the Year
all-state
as a senior, earned all-state honors and was runner-up for state’s Defensive Linemen of the Year award
received scholar-athlete award
named one of 12 Super Seniors in Alabama
also recruited by Alabama, Ole Miss and Tennessee

AHMAD CARROLL

FR – DB – 5-11 – 190

Atlanta (Douglass HS), Ga.

40-yard dash: 4.3 seconds
Parade
All-American
Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report rates him nation’s No. 26 overall player
SuperPrep
rates him No. 2 among all the nation’s defensive backs
Prep Star ranks him as No. 1 defensive back in the nation
Rivals100.com No. 2 cornerback in nation, No. 21 overall
Max Emfinger No. 2 CB nation, No. 4 overall in Georgia
named a ESPN/Reebok All-American
recorded 70 tackles as a senior
nicknamed “Batman” after repeatedly jumping over the opposing center during a youth football game
will also compete for UA track and field team
set a state record in the 100-meter dash (10.41 seconds) and finished second in the 200-meter dash (21.24 seconds)
national AAU champion in 100-meter dash (10.38)
named to Georgia’s Magnificent Seven list
also recruited by Clemson, Florida State and Georgia

CALEB CEASAR

FR – WR – 5-11 – 180

Beaumont (Ozen HS), Texas

40-yard dash: 4.4 seconds
as a senior, recorded 61 receptions for 1,253 yards and 9 touchdowns
named to the Super Gold Team (players in the Golden Triangle area)
named to the Port Arthur News’ Super 22
member of the Houston Chronicle’s Top 100
an all-state selection unanimous all-district honoree
ranked No. 69 overall in state of Texas by Max Emfinger
has three brothers competing in the Arena Football League

KYLE DICKERSON

FR – RB – 5-11 – 195

Memphis (East HS), Tenn.

40-yard dash: 4.4 seconds
rated No. 16 “speed running back” in the nation by Max Emfinger
scored 72 touchdowns and 62 two-point conversions during his prep career
earned just under 7,000 yards in all-purpose yardage in high school career
finalist for Tennessee’s Mr. Football award as a senior
named Lawrenceburg Quarterback Club Player of the Year
a three-time Tennessee Athletic Coaches’ Association 4A Player of the Year (sophomore, junior senior)
three-time all-region and all-state selection (sophomore, junior, senior)
earned all-state and all-region honors as a running back as a sophomore and a senior
earned all-state and all-region honors as a defensive back as a junior
rushed for 1,591 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior
also recruited by Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia
SuperPrep
rates him Tennessee’s No. 6 player in the state
finalist for National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame scholarship

JIMARR GALLON

SO – DB – 5-11 – 195

Chesterfield (Butler County [Kan.] CC), Va.

40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
named Jayhawk Conference Defensive Player of the year and first-team all-conference as a freshman
named a junior college All-American by JC Gridwire
recruited to Butler Community College by then-Butler head coach and current UA assistant coach James Shibest
as a redshirt freshman at Butler last year, recorded 57 tackles, including 10 for 38 yards lost and three sacks for 21 yards lost; also returned 2 interceptions for a total of 84 yards and recorded 5 pass break-ups, 2 fumble recoveries and 3 fumbles forced
also recruited by Marshall and Mississippi State

JARED HICKS

FR – TE/OL – 6-6 – 240

Bartlesville (Bartlesville HS), Okla.

40-yard dash: 4.9 seconds
played tight end and defensive end in high school, but is projected as an offensive tackle in college
recorded 6 sacks in first four games of junior season before breaking his ankle; finished season with 6 ½ sacks
led team in tackles both his junior and senior seasons
recorded six sacks and was named all-district after serving as team captain as a senior
member of high school’s academic honor roll
also a prep baseball standout
also recruited by Oklahoma, Rice, SMU and Southern Illinois

DE’ARRIUS HOWARD

FR – RB – 6-0 – 205

West Memphis (West Memphis HS), Ark.

40-yard dash: 4.4 seconds
rushed for 2,746 yards and 29 touchdowns on 345 carries as a senior
earned 2,215 yards and 26 touchdowns on 239 rushing attempts as a junior
rated the nation’s No. 13 running back by Rivals100.com and No. 77 recruit overall
USAToday.com All-American
named the No. 2 “big back” in the nation by Max Emfinger
named an
All-American and the No. 5 running back in the nation by SuperPrep
Prep Star rates him No. 18 among nation’s running backs
rated the No. 19 overall recruit by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report
recipient of the Landers Arkansas Player of the Year award as a senior
named Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Player of the Year as a senior

JEB HUCKEBA

FR – OLB – 6-4 – 210

Searcy (Harding Academy), Ark.

40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
last name is pronounced “HUCK-a-BEE”
Parade
All-American
named to The Associated Press Super Team
SuperPrep
All-American
named No. 10 linebacker on Prepstar Dream Team
USAToday.com All-American
rated the No. 58 overall recruit nationally and No. 7 among outside linebackers by Max Emfinger
rated the No. 7 linebacker in the nation by Rivals100.com
a two-time all-district selection
father, Ronnie Huckeba, is a football assistant coach at Harding University
as a senior, recorded 163 tackles (108 solo, 55 assisted), 7 tackles for lost yardage, 3 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and one blocked field goal attempt
as a junior, caught 44 passes for 850 yards and 17 touchdowns on offense while recording five interceptions (including three returned for touchdowns) on defense
recorded 979 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns on 60 catches as a senior
earned two tackles in the inaugural National High School All-Star game in Dallas, Texas
also recruited by Florida State, Harding and Nebraska

MARVIN JACKSON

JR – DB – 5-9 – 165

Galveston (Navarro College), Texas

40-yard dash: 4.3 seconds
JC Gridwire
All-American
high school teammate of current UA defensive back Lawrence Richardson
recorded 9 interceptions as a sophomore and returned three for touchdowns
returned two fumbles for touchdowns as a sophomore
Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore
also recruited by Baylor, Colorado and Nebraska

TARVARIS JACKSON

FR – QB – 6-3 – 215

Montgomery (Sidney Lanier HS), Ala.

40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds
as a senior, amassed 1,510 passing, including 10 touchdowns rushed for 496 yards and 7 touchdowns
as a junior, recorded 1,000 yards of total offense, including 500 rushing yards
also recruited by Alabama, LSU and West Virginia
rated by SuperPrep as the No. 25 overall player in Alabama
rated the No. 32 dropback passing quarterback in the nation by Max Emfinger

JAMES JOHNSON

FR – DL – 6-6 – 285

Pearcy (Lake Hamilton HS), Ark.

40-yard dash: 5.1 seconds
rated the No. 13 defensive tackle in the nation by Max Emfinger
earned all-state honors as a junior after recorded 89 tackles, 15 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and one blocked kick
a two-time all-conference performer
rated No. 53 nationally among defensive tackles by Rivals100.com
recorded eight sacks before missing five games during his senior season due to injury
also recruited by Stanford, Tennessee and Texas A&M

MATT JONES

FR – QB – 6-5 – 215

Fort Smith (Northside HS), Ark.

40-yard dash: 4.4 seconds
preseason McDonald’s All-American
ranked No. 31 nationally among quarterbacks by Rivals100.com
named the No. 13 quarterback/super athlete in the nation by Max Emfinger
Completed 62 of 137 passes for 830 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior
Also earned 939 yards and 13 touchdowns on 105 rushing attempts in his senior season
ranked in the top five in the state in punt returns
named to All-Arkansas and all-state teams
played at Northside High School in Fort Smith, Ark., as a senior after spending the rest of his prep career at Van Buren (Ark.) High School
split time as a junior between quarterback and wide receiver, earning 520 yards and 5 touchdowns on 22 catches
finalist for basketball McDonald’s All-American honor
as a junior in basketball, broke former UA All-American basketball player Corliss Williamson’s conference record for season scoring average (24.5 points per game)
also recruited by Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma and Tennessee

CLARKE MOORE

FR – LB – 6-2 – 230

Van Buren (Van Buren HS), Ark.

40-yard dash: 4.6 seconds
an all-state selection as a senior
rated No. 81 among nation’s linebackers by Rivals100.com
rated the No. 27 inside linebacker in the nation by Max Emfinger
named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Super Team
a two-time all-conference honoree
Southwest Times-Record
Defensive Player of the Year
named the Outstanding Lineman of the Year in his conference as a senior after recording 111 tackles, including 10 for lost yardage and 4 sacks, and one interception
also recruited by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Stanford

MARK PIERCE

FR – RB – 6-1 – 215

Weatherford (Weatherford HS), Texas

40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
rushed for 1,910 yards and 27 touchdowns on 298 attempts as a senior
named to the Dallas Morning News’ All-Area team
ranked the No. 39 overall recruit in Texas by Max Emfinger
SuperPrep’s
No. 84 overall player in Texas
ranked No. 68 nationally among running backs by Rivals100.com
rated No. 64 on the Lone Star Recruiting Hot 100 List
named the Class 4A State Player of the Year
also recruited by Colorado, Nebraska, Texas A&M and TCU

LERINEZO ROBINSON

FR – DB – 6-0 – 185

Mayflower (Mayflower HS), Ark.

40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
first name is pronounced “lor-IN-zoh”
rated the No. 16 cornerback in the nation by Max Emfinger
twice named Faulkner County Outstanding Player of the Year (junior and senior)
an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Super Team and all-state, all-district and All-Faulkner County honoree as a senior; also named All-Faulkner County as a junior
earned 1,600 rushing yards, 1,500 passing yards and 24 total touchdowns as a senior
will play in Arkansas All-Star game
named Most Outstanding Back in 5-AA North
a Boys’ State delegate
also recruited by Notre Dame and Ole Miss

MICHAEL ROBINSON

FR – WR/LB – 6-2 – 200

Birmingham (Jackson-Olin HS), Ala.

40-yard dash: 4.4 seconds
played only five games as a senior because of a separated left shoulder
a three-time All-Metro Birmingham selection as a linebacker (sophomore, junior and senior)
named to All-State Super 12 team as a linebacker after his junior season
a preseason Parade All-American
as a senior, recorded 25 receptions and 7 touchdowns on offense while logging 70 tackles as a linebacker on defense
rated the No. 18 overall recruit in Alabama by SuperPrep
a two-year member of his school’s A-B honor roll

also recruited by Alabama, Louisville and North Carolina State

PATRICK ROBINSON

FR – DL – 6-0 – 310

West Memphis (West Memphis HS), Ark.

40-yard dash: 5.1 seconds
high school teammate of fellow UA signee De’Arrius Howard
all-state performer as a senior
three-time all-conference selection (sophomore, junior, senior)
recorded seven sacks as a senior
played center during his prep career as well

KYLE ROPER

FR – TE/OL – 6-3 – 255

Powder Springs (McEachern HS), Ga.

40-yard dash: 4.9 seconds
named one of the top 111 prospects in Georgia by the Georgia High School Football Magazine
named to the 5A All-State team as a tight end as a senior after recording 20 catches for 250 yards and one touchdown
earned All-Cobb County honors as a junior and senior
won area championship in wrestling as a junior
bench presses 350 pounds
also recruited by Alabama, Auburn and Middle Tennessee State

P.J. SMITH

FR – RB – 5-9 – 185

Daytona Beach (Mainland HS), Fla.

40-yard dash: 4.4 seconds
a three-time all-area, all-county and All-Central Florida selection (sophomore, junior and senior)
rated the No. 29 “speed running back” in the nation by Max Emfinger
rushed for 1,478 yards and 15 touchdowns on 143 carries as a senior
regional and district champion in the 200 meters in track and field as a senior
also recruited by Boston College and Central Florida



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