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November 28, 2005Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian lost in the 1A playoffs last weekend to end the season, and some of the players will now turn their attention to recruiting.
The more highly regarded prospects on the team are wide receiver Carlton Salters, cornerback Ochuko Jenije, linebacker Marcus Sims and linebacker Kalan Norris. Each have Division I scholarship offers. Salters and Jenije will be the first of the group to get the ball rolling with official visits.
Salters, 6-foot, 177 pounds, and Jenije, 5-foot-10, 177 pounds, both have multiple scholarship offers and are both regarded as three-star prospects by Rivals.com. The two had originally planned to come to Arkansas on Saturday, but with them being knocked out of the playoffs, they can come on Friday, instead. The pair is being recruited to Arkansas by assistant coach Chris Vaughn, a Tallahassee native.
"Coach Vaughn's coming down here on Tuesday, so he'll let us know that whole deal," Salters said.
Salters knows four of the schools he will visit, but he has not yet set up dates. Alabama and Louisville, once considered to be co-leaders, are not in line for visits at this time. Due to a conflict with basketball, one visit he had set on Dec. 9 will be rescheduled.
"No, not yet," Salters said when asked if his visits were set, "Not like I want to. Because of basketball, I've got to change up a couple. I had Maryland for the week after, but I'm going to have to change that up."
"We've got Alabama, Arkansas, Wake Forest, Maryland, and that's where it starts getting tricky," he said. "The next one, I couldn't tell you. That's where it starts getting tricky."
Arkansas' season also ended last weekend. Ironically, the Hogs also lost by a two-point margin. The Razorbacks went to Baton Rouge (La.) to face No. 3 LSU. Arkansas' young team fought valiantly but was unable to overcome the talented and experienced Tigers. Though Arkansas had its chances, it fell short 19-17. Salters spoke with Vaughn soon after that game.
"Yeah, I watched the LSU game," he said. "They played well, considering they've got 20 or however many freshmen they've got playing. They played well. Again though, I still think they're a few guys away at certain spots."
Rivlas.com rates Salters the No. 46 overall prospect in the Sunshine State for 2006. He is also regarded as the nation's No. 46 wide receiver recruit. At the Tallahassee NIKE Training Camp in May, he ran the 40-yard dash in a laser time of 4.55 seconds.
Salters and Vaughn have had a few light moments over the phone. Salters has never been to Arkansas, and he has a few preconceptions (misconceptions) about Fayetteville (Ark.) and the northwest Arkansas area. To take a light moment with Salters, visit this thread on HawgSports.com's premium message board, The Razor's Edge.