Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss four of Arkansas’ top defensive line targets in the 2018 class.
Arkansas’ 2017 defensive line class left something to be desired. The Razorbacks signed one true defensive lineman — JUCO transfer Melvin Johnson — to play in their new 3-4 scheme. Overall, they missed on several other top targets within the position group.
Because of this, the 2018 class will have a heavy focus on bringing in prospects to build the future of the defensive front. Here’s a look at four of the Hogs’ top defensive line targets in the class:
The No. 38 overall prospect and No. 4 from Texas in the class, Wright is likely the highest-rated prospect Arkansas has a legitimate chance at landing.
Wright (6-foot-4, 275 pounds) had 70 tackles and 9 sacks in 12 games for Katy Taylor as a junior last season. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma are among his more than 20 FBS offers. He is also a standout baseball player.
The Razorbacks were late to offer, which could hurt their chances. When they extended one in January, Wright’s rumored front-runners — Alabama and Texas A&M — had offered months earlier. Helping Arkansas’ chances could be his family connection to the program. His older sister attends the school and assists with the football program.
Arkansas offered Perkins in September, making him one of the first defensive linemen in the class offered by the Hogs. He remains around the top of their wish list at the position.
Perkins (6-4, 260) is a 4-star recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He’ll likely be tough to get out of the St. Louis area, with Illinois and Missouri high on his list of possible destinations. Whether he visits Fayetteville in the future should be a good indication of Arkansas’ chances. Georgia, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Penn State are among his nearly 30 FBS offers.
A defensive end recruit, Kelley (6-5, 285) is built to play nose tackle. He’d be a perfect fit in Arkansas’ 3-4 system, which he already has experience playing in at Tulsa Union.
Razorbacks 2017 linebacker signee Kyrei Fisher is a former teammate of Kelley at Tulsa Union. By all accounts, Fisher has given positive reports of his experiences with Arkansas coaches and players to those in Tulsa. His presence within the program may not necessarily mean Kelley will join the Hogs as well, but it helps Arkansas’ chances.
It likely will be tough to get out of Oklahoma with the Sooners having offered and believed to be his favorite. He also has offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma State and TCU.
Humphrey hasn’t received any “star” ratings from the recruiting websites yet, but several major programs have taken notice of his potential talent. Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Texas A&M are among his reported offers.
Arriving at Hutchinson via Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas, as part of the 2016 class, Humphrey (6-5, 365) had 32 tackles, with 8 for a loss, as a freshman last season.
Alfred Davis, a former Arkansas graduate assistant and defensive lineman (2009-12), became the defensive line coach at Hutchinson last winter. He played a considerable role in helping the Hogs land blueshirt outside linebacker Gabe Richardson from Hutchinson in the 2017 class. Davis could be equally as beneficial in Arkansas’ efforts to bring in Humphrey.
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