2009 Football Recruiting Class Review – Defense

by ElvisHog on January 31, 2010

This is a followup to the 2009 Offensive Class review.  Of the 31 signees in the 2009 class, 16 were either at defensive positions or listed as Athletes but defensive focused.  Only two redshirted and three didn’t make it to campus.

  • Ryan Calendar (DE) – 6-8/230/4.8. #62 ranked WDE from Caddo Mills, TX. Redshirted in 2009 and will most likely change position due to plenty of returning depth at the position.
  • Jerry Mitchell (S) – 6-1/200/4.5. Three star S from Mandeville, LA. Redshirted in 2009 and should compete for a backup position.  The only graduating safety is Matt Harris.
  • Kevin Lowery (DT) – 6-3/290. #89 ranked DT from Gainesville, FL.  Never made it on campus due to grades and I have no idea what his status is.
  • Ricky Hughey (ATH) – 6-5/225/4.7. Three star ATH from Stamps, AR.  Was recruited as either a defensive end or receiver, but also had to go the JUCO route.
  • Robert Thomas (DT) – 6-1/310. #71 ranked DT from Muskogee, OK.  Didn’t make his grades and ended up at Coffeyville Community College.  He’s reportedly still very interested in being a Razorback.

All of these guys contributed this year at different levels:

  • Rudell Crim (CB) – 6-0/190/4.4. Four star and the #1 ranked JUCO CB who came to Arkansas from Butler County Community College in El Dorado, KS. Started all 13 games for the Hogs and ended the season 9th in tackles with 25. Obviously expected to be a starter in 2010.
  • DeQuinta (D.D.) Jones (DT) – 6-4/305/4.9. #25 ranked DT from Bastrop, LA. D.D. made an immediate impact after moving ahead of Zach Stadther. Most likely a SEC star very soon.
  • Andru Stewart (CB) – 5-11/190/4.5. Three star CB also from College of the Sequoias. Started four games and saw significant playing time. He will definitely be a strong contributor in the 2010 season.
  • David Gordon (CB) – 5-11/170/4.4. #38 ranked CB from Tulsa, OK. Speed is what jumps out with Gordon. Bobby Petrino talked about what he could do with an offensive player with his wheels.  He started three games and played in ten. Had a few standout moments, both positively and negatively. Should play more of a role this year.
  • Anthony Leon (S) – 6-4/230/4.5. Four star Safety from College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA. Started two games and played in all of them. Came to the Hogs with a reputation as a big hitter. Most had high expectations, which he didn’t meet. 2010 might be a breakout year for him if he does a better job with the details of his position.
  • Darius Winston (CB) – 6-0/180/4.4.  Came to the Hogs as the #3 ranked CB and the #24 player overall, from West Helena, AR. Coming in with such gaudy credentials, everyone expected to see a star born. Unfortunately, Darius had a hard time adjusting to the college game and only played in four games and ended the season with six tackles and no pass breakups or interceptions. Coach Robinson talked about how much better he looked during the Liberty Bowl preparations. Could still be a star but it’s way too soon to bank on it.
  • Austin Moss (LB) – 6-2/210/4.6. #21 ranked ILB from Rockwall, TX.  Moss played in eleven games this year, mostly on special teams.  Will be part of a very good linebacker group this year.
  • Ross Rasner (ATH) – 6-0/200. #86 ranked ATH from Waco, TX. Rasner wound up at the safety position and didn’t see significant playing time at the position, but contributed on special teams in eleven games.
  • Terrell Williams (ATH) – 6-2/210/4.6. #62 ranked ATH from Tulsa, OK. Was recruited as either a RB or LB, he ended up in the depth chart at LB behind Jerry Franklin. First significant playing time came in the Georgia game after Franklin was booted. Started one game and played the position in and contributed on special teams in every game. Should contribute more this year.
  • Caleb Evans (DE) – 6-4/255/4.6. Three star DE from Palomar Community College in San Marcos, CA. Couldn’t work into solid playing time and ended the season with two total tackles.
  • Colton Nash (DE) – 6-7/255/4.8. #35 ranked SDE from Sulphur Springs, TX.  Bounced from DE to TE during the season, but ended the season moved back to the defensive side of the ball

Coach Petrino is doing a great job building depth and hopefully the 2010 class won’t be relied on as heavily as the 2009 group.  All in all, this class was very solid and lived up to Rivals #16 rank.

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