Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss three of Arkansas’ top defensive back targets in the 2018 class.
Arkansas has increasingly become a popular destination for highly-touted defensive backs.
The Razorbacks had no players in the position group on their 2016 roster rated as a 3-star or better recruit according 247Sports’ composite rankings. In 2017, they signed two such prospects — 4-star cornerback Chevin Calloway and 4-star safety Montaric Brown. Last week, the Hogs landed a commitment from 2018 4-star cornerback Byron Hanspard II.
So what else is in store for the future of Arkansas’ defensive backfield? Can the program continue its run of landing 4-star recruits?
Here’s a look at three other top targets in the 2018 class:
Arkansas was the first SEC school to offer Overshown in early February. Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Texas A&M have joined the mix since as the East Texas prospect is now well over 20 offers.
Overshown (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) is a hard-hitting safety with the size to easily develop into an outside linebacker at the next level. With that versatility, he would fit into Arkansas’ 3-4 scheme nicely. As a junior at Arp last season, he recorded 173 tackles in 15 games.
The coaching staff, led by head man Bret Bielema, has heavily recruited Montgomery for several months. So far, the efforts have put Arkansas high on Montgomery’s list of potential suitors.
Montgomery (6-2, 175) spent four days visiting Arkansas last November and expects to make a return trip in the future. He came away thoroughly impressed following his first trip, and met commits Connor Noland and Bumper Pool. He’s developed a relationship with both of those fellow 4-star recruits as they’ve pitched in to help the Razorbacks’ chances.
The competition to land him is stout with Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma among his list of more than 30 offers. Still, if the Hogs are going to land another 4-star defensive back in this class, expect it to be Montgomery.
Among the top in-state prospects in the class, Bishop (6-0, 180) has built a close relationship with Arkansas’ coaching staff. He’s visited Fayetteville multiple times over the past year.
Montaric Brown, also from Ashdown, is a former teammate and close friend. The pair told SEC Country last summer they’ll ideally play together in college.
If Bishop doesn’t end up at Arkansas, it’ll either be due to scholarship spots filling up or a major surprise. Oklahoma State is currently viewed as the only serious threat to the Hogs’ chances.
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