5 top offensive line targets for Arkansas in 2018
Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss five of Arkansas’ top offensive line targets in the 2018 class.
Arkansas is in the process of rebuilding depth on its offensive line after a mostly underwhelming 2016 season for the unit.
It was perhaps the worst offensive front for a Bret Bielema team in his 11 seasons as a head coach. The Hogs’ 35 sacks allowed ranked them 13th in the SEC, and their 4.13 yards per carry was 12th in the league.
In order to re-establish the offensive line as a strength going forward, the Razorbacks must start with recruiting. Second-year offensive line coach Kurt Anderson has been heavily active pursuing some of the top talent in the 2018 class. To this point, 21 offensive linemen in the class have reported getting offers from the Hogs.
Here’s a look at five of Arkansas’ top targets for 2018 on the offensive front:
Unije recently told SEC Country he could see himself at Arkansas. His interest comes in large part because of Anderson’s previous experience in the NFL. The No. 14 offensive tackle and No. 172 overall prospect in the class, Unije is among the highest-rated recruits strongly considering the Hogs.
A 4-star recruit by 247Sports’ composite rankings, Unije (6-foot-6, 296 pounds) says he keeps in touch with Anderson and plans to visit Fayetteville soon. He lists Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and South Carolina along with Arkansas as the schools recruiting him most heavily.
Condon (6-7, 315) plans to visit Arkansas this spring before he makes his commitment between now and his senior football season. He also visited last November, and intends to narrow his list of schools sometime over the next few months.
Expect the Razorbacks to make the cut and at least remain in contention until the end. The No. 9 Oklahoma prospect and No. 39 offensive tackle in the class also holds offers from Arizona State, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech.
Arriving at IMG from Australia last year, Faalele is yet to play a down of football in his life. So how does he have 18 FBS offers with seven from SEC programs? That would be a result of his 6-9, 400-pound frame.
The Hogs recently developed 6-10 tackle Dan Skipper into an All-SEC performer. Dalton Wagner, who is part the Razorbacks’ 2017 class, is 6-9. Arkansas would love to add Faalele as its next massive offensive linemen. He’ll be tough to get, though, with offers from programs like Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan and Tennessee.
Scott narrowed his list of more than 30 offers down to 13 top choices in February. Arkansas made that list along with Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Oregon, and others.
Scott (6-4, 310) visited Fayetteville last June, receiving an offer from the Hogs. Anderson has kept in regular contact with Scott ever since. The offensive line coach made a trip to Ohio in January to see Scott in person and spoke with his high school coach.
Another visit to Arkansas by Scott is expected this spring. It’ll likely be the Razorbacks’ last chance to impress him ahead of his planned May 5 commitment announcement.
There’s a high level of mutual interest between Arkansas and Wire, who plans to visit Fayetteville in the near future.
Wire (6-6, 260) has built a relationship with wide receivers coach Michael Smith. The Hogs’ assistant is a Louisiana native who has had good success recruiting his home state since arriving at Arkansas.
Wire holds over 30 offers with Auburn, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Tennessee among them. It’ll take the best of recruiting efforts Smith, and likely Anderson, to pull a prospect with such offers out of Louisiana, especially if LSU extends one at some point.
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