Fresh faces: Arkansas

by cotte on August 3, 2009

There’s a reason the Hogs signed so many defensive back prospects in this class. Look at their pass defense numbers from a year ago. They weren’t pretty.

Rudell Crim, CB: Crim can play cornerback or safety, which makes him extra valuable in any system. The Hogs would love it if he could come in and be a lock-down cornerback for them. The 6-foot, 190-pound Crim was one of the more highly thought of junior college prospects out there, and getting him out of Butler County (Kan.) Community College was a coup for Arkansas. There were a couple of ties that helped. Bobby Petrino had recruited Crim when Petrino was at Louisville, and Crim and Arkansas running back Michael Smith are close friends from their Tallahassee, Fla., days.

Anthony Leon, S: While Crim is a guy who can shuffle back and forth between positions, the 6-4, 230-pound Leon is more the enforcer type at safety. He’s a ferocious hitter, but also has excellent speed for somebody his size. He’s already tasted major college football, too, having started his career at Florida State and playing in eight games in 2007. He spent the past two seasons at College of the Sequoias, where he attracted interest from Southern California, Miami, Oregon and Alabama. If Leon is everything the Hogs think he is, he’ll be a fixture at one of the starting safety spots this season.
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