Four fail to qualify academically for Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Four members of the 2004 recruiting class signed by Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt and his assistants will be heading for junior colleges or prep schools in the fall instead of donning Razorback uniforms.
The four -- including three from Arkansas high schools -- have not qualified academically to attend the university.
In announcing his signees in February, Nutt said he expected that at least seven Razorback recruits would have to attend a junior college or prep school in the fall, instead of enrolling at Fayetteville.
Texarkana defensive lineman Freddie Barnett failed to make a high enough score in his last attempt on the ACT. The 6-foot-1, 300-pound Barnett, who runs 40 yards in 5 seconds, will enroll at either Trinity Valley (Texas) Junior College or Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy.
Linebacker Fred Fairchild, signed from Little Rock Central, is heading for Hargrave. At 6-3 and 190, Fairchild runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds.
Fayetteville quarterback Woody Wilson also came up short on the ACT, and plans to enroll at Coffeyville (Kan.) Junior College. The 6-1, 180 pound Wilson's time in the 40 is 4.62 seconds.
Waco (Texas) University High School graduate Ryan Young, an offensive lineman, will attend an unspecified junior college.
Players attending a prep school like Hargrave can keep four years of eligibility intact for a four-year college, but junior-college attendance can use up one or two years of eligibility, depending on whether the player red-shirts for a year.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press