UAM reports 11 mid-year transfers


MONTICELLO — Rod Smith of Dumas and Grant Gill of McGehee are among 11 mid-year transfers Arkansas-Monticello landed for its football team, coach Hud Jackson announced.

Both Smith and Gill are transferring from Arkansas State. Smith is a 5-foot-10, 215-pound junior running back and Gill is a 6-1, 225-pound sophomore safety.

The other transfers include: at quarterback, sophomores Colton Morrison of Oceanside, Calif. (Fort Scott Community College) and Cody Trimble of Blue Rapids, Kan. (Highlands CC); at tight end, junior Austin Morgan of Shreveport, La. (Arizona Western College); junior offensive linemen Austen Thomas of Whiting, Kan. (Highlands) and Steven Jordan of Vicksburg, Miss. (Hinds CC); junior defensive end D’Vonn Brown of Rosenberg, Texas (Arizona); freshman defensive tackle Levar Brown of Arlington, Tenn. (Middle Tennessee State); junior linebacker Eldren Jones of Las Vegas (Phoenix College); and freshman kicker Kyle Mitchell of Arlington (MTSU).

“We’re expecting these guys to come in and immediately compete for starting spots,” Jackson said. “We’re excited with this group, and ready to see them on the field with the team in spring ball.”

Colorado lineman commits to Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas received its fourth commitment in two days when Ralston Valley (Colo.) High offensive lineman Dan Skipper made his decision Monday.

Skipper is the 12th verbal commitment for Arkansas’ 2013 class.

Five junior college players also have signed with the Razorbacks.

The 6-foot-10, 295-pound Skipper is rated as a three-star prospect on a five-star scale by Rivals.com and Scout.com. Skipper also was recruited by Tennessee, Michigan, Ole Miss and Ohio State. He made an official visit to Arkansas this month.

Skipper was recruited by both Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and offensive line coach Sam Pittman when they were at Tennessee last season. He told Hawgs Illustrated on Monday his relationship with both coaches played a part in his decision to make a verbal commitment to the Razorbacks.

Miami (Fla.) Northwestern High safety De’Andre Coley, Newton (Texas) High cornerback D.J. Dean and Suncoast (Fla.) High defensive tackle Ke’Tyrus Marks announced their plans Sunday. All three took official visits to Arkansas’ campus over the weekend.

— Staff and wire reports