FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas football head coach Bobby Petrino has announced the following student-athletes have enrolled for the spring semester and have joined the Razorback football team:
Brey Cook | OL | 6-7 | 310 | Springdale, Ark. (Har-Ber HS) |The Springdale, Ark., native was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Arkansas, the sixth-best offensive tackle in the nation and 59th overall recruit, according to Rivals.com. He also was named the No. 6 offensive tackle in the country by Scouts.com. His Har-Ber squad won the 2009 Class 7A Arkansas State Championship in his junior season. Har-Ber High School advanced to the state semifinals in 2008 and 2010. Cook was honored as an Under Armour All-American, playing in the Under Armour All-American Game in Tampa,Fla. earlier this month, and was named to MaxPreps.com’s 2010 U.S. Air Force All-America team. Cook was also named to the ESPNU Top 150 class of 2011 list. He was recognized on the AHSAA’s Class 7A West All-State team as a senior. Cook was selected to ArkansasVarsity.com’s All-State team, receiving first-team accolades. He was coached by Chris Wood. Cook had numerous offers from around the nation and selected the Razorbacks over Oklahoma, Auburn, Alabama and USC.
Quinta Funderburk | WR | 6-3 | 200 | Chesapeake, Va. (Oscar Frommel Smith HS) | Coming off of two straight 60-catch, 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Funderburk joins the highly-touted Arkansas wide receiver corps. Rated as the No. 36 wide receiver prospect in the nation by Scouts.com and 39th by Rivals.com, Funderburk played for head coach Richard Morgan’s successful program where he made 65 catches for 1,464 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2010. He finished his final prep season with a 12-2 record and made an appearance in the Division 6 regional final. Oscar Smith High School won the 2008 Virginia Class Six state championship and made a state semifinal appearance in 2009. Funderburk made 62 catches for 1,150 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2009. At the conclusion of his high school career, he was picked to the VirginiaPreps.com’s All-State first team. He was ranked as the No. 9 recruit in the state by Rivals.com. Funderburk chose Arkansas over Michigan, Florida and West Virginia.
Tyler Gilbert | LB | 6-3 | 245 | Sorrento, La. (John Curtis Christian HS/North Carolina Tech Prep) |In 2010 at North Carolina Tech Prep, Gilbert notched 62 tackles and five sacks, helping the squad to a 9-1 record. In 2009 at John Curtis Christian, Gilbert made 36 tackles and was a force in the backfield, notching seven tackles for loss. He helped the team to a 13-1 record and a state championship game appearance. Gilbert decided on the Razorbacks while also receiving interest from Auburn, Memphis and Louisiana-Lafayette. He was a high school teammate of current Razorback offensive lineman Luke Charpentier.
Robert Thomas | DT | 6-3 | 325| Muskogee, Okla. (Muskogee HS/Coffeyville [Kan.] CC) |Thomas joins the Razorbacks after a successful season at Coffeyville Community College in 2010. Thomas made 48 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and two pass deflections for junior college coach Darian Dulin. During his senior year at Muskogee High School, Thomas had 89 tackles (68 solo), 15 tackles for loss, five sacks, four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two blocked field goals. On offense, he carried the ball six times for 16 yards and a touchdown. He was listed as the No. 71 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 19 prospect in Oklahoma by Rivals.com. He was named the Muskogee Phoenix District (6A-3) Defensive Lineman of the Year. His high school coach was Matt Hennesy. He was also recruited by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Kansas State.
Marquel Wade | WR | 5-11 | 180 | Jacksonville, Fla. (Andrew Jackson HS/Milford [N.J.] Academy) |Wade joins the Razorbacks after a successful stint at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.J. The wide receiver known for his speed was a big-play threat for Milford in 2010, catching 26 passes for 565 yards and six touchdowns. Wade also took an 85-yard kickoff back for a touchdown. As a senior at Andrew Jackson High School, Wade recorded 53 receptions for 769 yards and nine touchdowns and returned five punts for scores in 2009. In 2008, Wade caught 58 passes for 738 yards and 14 touchdowns and returned 10 punts for nearly 500 yards and three touchdowns. Wade was ranked as the No. 4 prep athlete in the nation by Rivals.com. Coming out of high school, he was rated the No. 48 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com and also rated the No. 73 recruit in Florida. He was listed by Scout.com as the No. 91 wide receiver nationally. He excelled on the basketball court, averaging 15.6 points a game as a junior while playing shooting guard. He was coached at Andrew Jackson by Kevin Sullivan. He was recruited out of high school by South Carolina, Purdue, Ole Miss, Illinois, Miami, South Florida and about 15 other schools.