Welcome to Fayetteville: Kelvin Fisher
Arkansas may have snagged a really good one in Kelvin Fisher, but it’s likely that Bobby Petrino himself is still unsure exactly what he’ll be good at once he arrives in Fayetteville. The Gilbert, Arizona product is categorized by most as an “athlete,” by some as a safety, and by others as a running back. The one consensus is that he is a hell of a football player. Fisher chose the Hogs on Saturday over Oregon and Boise State, and also held offers from Arizona State, Washington, Pittsburgh, and others. His decision was somewhat surprising as well, given that just last week he had suggested that he wouldn’t make a verbal commitment until after his team’s season was over. Whatever though — we’ll take him.
Scout – 4*, #16 S
Rivals – 3*, #38 ATH
ESPN – 3*, #30 RB
Fisher is listed at 5′ 11″ and 180 pounds with a 4.5 forty. After just six games this season, Fisher has racked up 973 yards and 16 touchdowns in the offensive backfield, as well as 43 tackles, two INTs and two passes defended in the defensive backfield. As a Junior, he carried the ball 113 times for 819 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense, and tallied 79 tackles to go along with 2 picks and 4 pass break-ups. He was named All-State in Arizona and All-Region.
Impact on the Class of 2011
It’s hard to tell since he could easily end up on either side of the ball in an Arkansas uniform. After watching his film though, he really looks like a special player at tailback, exhibiting Joe-Adams-like quick twitch ability to make defenders miss and very good acceleration, despite possibly lacking truly elite straight-line speed. It was more difficult to get a real read on his defensive film, but if he is seriously anywhere near the 16th best safety in high school football nationwide like Scout.com ranks him, you have to think the Hogs would want to use him there. (EDIT: Fisher recently told HawgsIllustrated.com that Arkansas plans to start him out at cornerback) It’s also worth noting that this is Arkansas’ 3rd commitment from an Arizona prep in the class, with linebacker Brock Haman (3*, 3*, 2*) and cornerback Isiah Wiley (2*, 3*, NR) being the other two. Also, with the additions of Fisher and his fellow Ole Miss weekend commits Chris Barnett and Quinta “Funder-struck” Funderburk, Scout.com now ranks Arkansas’ 2011 class #9 in the nation and #4 in the SEC, behind only Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
– Warzecha –