Wide receiver Austin Bennett from Manvel (Texas) High School decided to decommit from Arkansas after learning Bobby Petrino had been fired.
“My family and I talked and we decided I should de-commit from Arkansas,” Bennett told HawgSports.com. “I will be checking out other places like West Virginia and TCU. TCU has been talking to me more lately since all this hit. I’m still going to be looking at Arkansas but it realy depends on who they hire. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet.”
Memphis, Tenn., running back Mark Dodson Jr. had a similar reaction Tuesday night when he was reached by MrSEC. Dodson, who plans to announce his decision on May 14, is also considering Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt. Arkansas would likely be out of the race if it doesn’t have a permanent replacement for Petrino in place by May 14.
“They most likely wouldn’t be the school I’d choose,” Dodson said.
Running back Jamel James chose Arkansas during his sophomore year. Now the Katy, Texas, junior doesn’t know what he’ll do.
“We’ve talked about it,” Cinco Ranch High School coach Don Clayton told HawgSports. “It’s definitely a concern of his. He’s still committed to Arkansas but a lot of other schools are talking to him too. I can’t say for sure what he will do.”
The news was still good for Arkansas with linebacker prospect Keree Renchie from Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas.
“It doesn’t affect me at all,” Renchie said. “Arkansas is still there as one of my top three schools. I don’t see this changing anything.
It doesn’t affect me at all,” Renchie said. “Arkansas is still there as one of my top three schools. I don’t see this changing anything. I’m going to keep it that way with them up there.”