By Kevin Taylor
MANSFIELD — A soft summer rain has dampened the parking lot outside Tim Cothran's makeshift coach's office at Mansfield High School — a far cry to the blistering heat that descends on Mansfield's practice field behind the field house.
Adjacent to the Tigers' weight room, and within a short distance from a glass cooler that includes just about everything you'll find in a refrigerator, including bottles of water and plastic ketchup and mustard bottles, the veteran football coach is mapping out his plans for the week.
There will be senior high and junior high workouts. Cothran was hoping to squeeze in a couple of potential coaching interviews this week as well, a few days ahead of next week's monthly school board meeting.
The calendar might say July. But for Tim Cothran, it may as well be mid-October.
To learn more about Coach Cothran and the Mansfield Tiger's upcoming season, continue reading at the Times Record.
By Dudley E. Dawson
A look at the 20 best prospects in Arkansas in the high school class of 2020:
1. Robert Scott, OL, 6-7, 300 — Perhaps the state's hottest recruit in terms of offers, Scott has the frame, the quick feet and the ability to be the best college prospect of the 2020 group in Arkansas at a position that had not developed a lot of in-state talent lately. Scott, who has committed to Ole Miss, was also offered by Arkansas, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee, Nebraska, TCU, Louisiana, Kansas, SMU, Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech and Louisville, with many other showing interest.
2. Blayne Toll, DE, 6-5, 242, Hazen — Toll is a multifaceted talent who is being recruited as both a defensive end and tight end by colleges while starting at quarterback and lining up at several spots for Hazen. ESPN ranks Toll, who has bench pressed 410 pounds and run a 4.88 40-yard dash, as a four-star prospect, No. 23 athlete nationally and 268th-best player overall. Toll, who won't turn 17 until Dec. 11, has committed to Arkansas over Oklahoma, Memphis, Tennessee and Ole Miss.
3. Jacolby Criswell, QB, 6-1, 220, Morrilton — The younger brother of former Arkansas linebacker and San Francisco fifth-round draft pick Dre Greenlaw, Criswell is a three-star prospect regarded as the state's best quarterback in the 2020 class. He has committed to North Carolina over Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Arkansas State, Oklahoma State, Houston, SMU and others, and interest from Alabama, Penn State, Tennessee, Florida State and more. Criswell had a breakout sophomore season when he completed 126-of-211 passing for 1,986 yards and 20 touchdowns with four interceptions while rushing for 984 yards and 14 more scores. He suffered through an injury-plagued junior season while completing 76-of-123 passing for 1,109 yards, 11 touchdowns and three picks. He also rushed for 317 yards and three touchdowns.
To check out the rest of the best prospects in Arkansas in the class of 2020, head on over to WholeHogSports.