FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas went big with its 2004 basketball recruiting class and scored big on Wednesday’s first day of the national signing period by landing two centers and two forwards, all listed among the top 60 players in the nation.
The newest Razorbacks are 6-11, 255-pound center Steven Hill of Branson, Mo.; 6-10, 265-pound forward Al Jefferson of Prentiss, Miss.; 6-7, 230-pound guard/forward Charles Thomas of Jackson, Miss.; and 6-10, 235-pound center Darian Townes of Alexandria, Va.
“It’s the first day (of the signing period) and you have to have everything fall into place,” head coach Stan Heath said. “We’re really excited about the players we’re adding to our team. When we put this group with the team we have coming back, we could win some games in the layup line through the intimidation factor.
“Steven was the first to commit and the first to draw a tremendous about of attention,” Heath said. “When Al jumped on board, everybody said ‘Wow! Arkansas is going to be back where they were.’ Some recruits thought he would command too much attention, but from our end, it’s all good.”