DALLAS - The first Rivals.com Junior Day for 2006 was not just open to prospects from the states of Texas or Oklahoma. That fact was reinforced when a pair of talented Arkansas prospects made their way to the even this past Saturday at Southern Methodist University.
Passing the eyeball test on both was not a problem. Quarterback Rontrell Bailey, weight in at 6-foot-2, 199 pounds and looked the part of a legitimate dual-threat signal caller. His teammate, defensive tackle Gary McClellan, definitely showed well during weigh-ins coming in at 6-foot-4, 309 pounds.
Both players definitely looked like top Division I targets.
"Colleges started sending us mail early on when we were sophomores," Bailey said. "Then it really started picking up since we got into last year. Vanderbilt, LSU, Tennessee, Georgia, and Arkansas have all sent me stuff."
One school tops the interest list of the Arkansas product.
"I'm kind of leaning towards Tennessee right now," Bailey said. "I like the way that the coaches really make sure their players do well and how they take the younger guys under their wing there."
His defensive teammate McClellan has picked up a few verbal offers already.
"Notre Dame, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, and Mississippi State have all sent me stuff and they said that they will probably offer me," McClellan said. "I'm hoping those come through for me."
While Bailey has a favorite, McClellan is pretty open.
"I'm really just looking around right now," McClellan said. "There really isn't one team or two teams that I really like. There is a lot for me to think about with all of the mail I'm getting right now."
Even though he has great size for the tackle position, the talented defender says he moves well for his weight. Because of that, defensive tackle is not his favorite spot.
"Actually, I prefer defensive end," he said. "I like to let my speed make the play for me."
Both players are thinking about camps both in and around the state of Arkansas along with some one-day events at colleges.