The Garrett Uekman Foundation’s annual 7-on-7 tournament will feature several of the top prospects in Arkansas on Friday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
The foundation hosts the tournament, now it its fifth year, in honor of former Razorbacks tight end Garrett Uekman. A graduate from Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys, Uekman signed with Arkansas in 2010. He redshirted as a freshman and played in nine games in 2011 before dying suddenly in November because of an enlarged heart.
Pool play will begin at 3 p.m. with bracket play set to start at 8 p.m. and the championship game scheduled for 9:40 p.m. A total of 10 teams are expected to compete. The tournament’s marquee matchup between Ashdown (Ark.) High School and Joe T. Robinson (Little Rock) High School is set for 6:20 p.m.
- Teams competing: Ashdown, Catholic, Catholic JV, Clinton, Conway Christian, Joe T. Robinson, Jonesboro, Little Rock Central, North Point Christian and Sylvan Hills.
Here are some key prospects to watch.
Montaric Brown, DB, Ashdown
- The state’s top prospect in the 2017 class, Brown is expected to announce his college decision by the end of the month with Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Oklahoma State as his final schools. The 4-star prospect had 112 tackles and five interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, as a junior. He’s regularly played on both sides of the ball as a safety and wide receiver.
Koilan Jackson, ATH, Joe T. Robinson
- An athlete recruit, Jackson committed to Arkansas in late April and projects to play wide receiver for the Razorbacks. His 6-foot-3, 207-pound frame and exceptional athleticism make him difficult to cover. A 3-star prospect, he is transitioning to playing wide receiver full time for Robinson this season as a senior after previously playing quarterback at Parkview High School (Little Rock). Jackson is the son of Arkansas football radio color commentator and former All-Pro tight end Keith Jackson, and the younger brother of former Razorbacks standout defensive tackle Keith Jackson Jr.
Jonathan Adams Jr., ATH, Jonesboro
- Another prospect being recruited as an athlete, Adams shined as a wide receiver for Jonesboro last season with 1,231 yards and 19 touchdowns on 63 receptions. He also had two interceptions as a defensive back. He’s been offered by Arkansas State and is reportedly receiving interest from Arkansas, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Clemson, SMU, Memphis, and Purdue.
Nathan Page, ATH, Joe T. Robinson
- Page, a 4-star prospect and currently the top-ranked in-state recruit in the 2018 class, emerged as a two-way standout for Robinson last season. He had 44 receptions for 731 yards and eight touchdowns, and 81 tackles with six interceptions as a defensive back. He’s yet to receive his first FBS offer, but has drawn interest from Arkansas, TCU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State according to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Richard Davenport.
Jaden Hill, QB, Ashdown
- Hill has become a fast-rising prospect in two sports with offers to play quarterback from Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech and Missouri, and a baseball offer from Arkansas. However, Hill is currently not expecting to participate Friday. He told SEC Country he is not prepared for football yet after recently finishing his summer baseball season. Regardless of his participation level Friday, Hill is a player fans will want to take notice of in the fall.
Hunter Swoboda, TE, Joe T. Robinson
- Swoboda led Robinson in tackles as a sophomore last season with 119 at linebacker. He’s expected to take over a bigger role in the Robinson offense as a tight end this season as he’s added more than 25 pounds in the offseason to his 6-foot-4 frame. He currently has no FBS offers, but has received interest from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Georgia, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
LaDarius Bishop, WR/CB, Ashdown
- Bishop already has offers from Baylor, Louisiana-Monroe and Oklahoma State entering his junior season despite limited playing time as a sophomore. He’s also received heavy interest from Arkansas, attending the Razorbacks’ spring game and three-day high school camp along with Brown.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.