Hogs get good news on Winston

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Arkansas will take all the help it can get in its secondary this season, and more could be on the way.

One of the Hogs' prized signees in this freshman class, cornerback Darius Winston of Helena, Ark., was informed Monday that he had made it through the NCAA Clearinghouse process and would be eligible in the fall.

Winston was rated by Scouts Inc. as the No. 3 cornerback prospect in the country last year. The Hogs gave up an SEC-high 22 touchdown passes last season, and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino has made it clear that the competition for spots during preseason practice will be intense.

In addition to Winston, junior college safety Anthony Leon figures to be a key addition, and the Hogs are also hopeful that sophomore safety Elton Ford recovers in full after a cracked vertebrae in his neck cut short a stellar freshman season.