Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss a top 2018 in-state recruit, the importance of this spring and a new offer.
No. 2 in-state 2018 recruit becoming unlikely to land with Arkansas
Earle (Ark.) High School 2018 4-star recruit Gerry Bohanon Jr. appears destined to play quarterback at the next level. That likely leaves the flagship school in his home state out of his possible destinations.
The No. 2 Natural State prospect in the class, Bohanon has made it clear his preference is to play quarterback while remaining open to other possibilities. The Razorbacks, though, already have a quarterback committed in the class — 4-star prospect Connor Noland, who is the No. 1 in-state recruit. Hogs coach Bret Bielema has made it clear he intends to bring in only one quarterback in each recruiting class.
Fresh off a visit to Auburn, Bohanon (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) is beginning to gain steam as a quarterback target. More than a few of his offers — Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee included — are pursuing him as a quarterback, according to a report from SEC Country’s Ben Wolk.
The Razorbacks, like most others, initially offered Bohanon as an “athlete” with no specific position in mind. Bohanon told Wolk on Sunday the Hogs are now the only program not recruiting him to play quarterback. Bohanon added that the Hogs have been “indecisive” on which position they’d like him to play. Sources have indicated to SEC Country that Arkansas views him as a defensive player, likely an outside linebacker.
Bohanon hasn’t developed a special attachment to the Razorbacks while growing up in the state. According to Wolk, the Hogs will continue to fall further out of the mix as long as they’re reluctant to pursue him as a quarterback.
So, what does this all mean?
Well, fans will be upset if the No. 2 in-state recruit ends up signing to play at another SEC school. That’s expected and understandable. But being perturbed with the circumstances and being upset with the player are two different things. And being upset with Bohanon for looking outside of Arkansas isn’t fair.
Bohanon wants to play quarterback and Arkansas already is in good shape with Noland committed. Noland fits in the Hogs’ pro-style offense much better than Bohanon and his his dual-threat ability. On the flip side, Bohanon’s quarterback skills appear to be a perfect match for programs such as Auburn and Mississippi State.
It’s not the dream of every in-state recruit to play for the Razorbacks, no matter the circumstances. If Bohanon has an opportunity to play his desired position at another SEC program, he should take it. And, Arkansas fans, it wouldn’t be fair in that case to criticize him for leaving.
Bielema: Spring weekend practices ‘huge’ for recruiting
Arkansas’ coaching staff is using this spring as a chance to build on the four commits in the 2018 class. The coaches are also seeing an opportunity to gain a head start on the 2019 class.
The Razorbacks had roughly 15 prospects attending practice last Saturday, with an even mix of targets in both upcoming classes.
“For us, these Saturday practices are huge to get guys on campus for unofficial visits,” Bielema recently told reporters. “We had a lot of guys on campus, in-state and out of state, so it was a really good day for us in recruiting.”
Hogs offer 2019 FSU commit
The Razorbacks offered 2019 defensive tackle Lloyd Murray Jr. on Monday.
Murray (6-1, 320) is a highly regarded prospect from Hirschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. He committed to Florida State in early March and also holds offers from Auburn, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The Razorbacks have reportedly offered 15 recruits in the 2019 class. Murray is the first defensive lineman.
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