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No. 1 in-state recruit Gerry Bohanon Jr. to officially visit Arkansas in early November
Quarterback prospect Gerry Bohanon Jr. plans to officially visit Arkansas during the weekend of Nov. 3-5, he confirmed to SEC Country on Monday. The Razorbacks play host to Coastal Carolina on Nov. 4.
From Earle, Ark., Bohanon is a 4-star prospect and the No. 1 recruit in Arkansas for the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite. Complicating his relationship with the Hogs is the fact Arkansas has had Connor Noland, another in-state 4-star quarterback, committed since July 2016.
Bohanon (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) announced Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Louisville, Mississippi State and Ole Miss as his final choices last May. He recently decided to reopen his recruitment to all schools, though those six remain near the top of his list.
LSU making a strong push for Bohanon
LSU has been one of the schools that has emerged as a new top option since Bohanon opened things to all comers. He made a surprise visit to Baton Rouge last weekend, taking in LSU’s 27-23 upset of Auburn.
Bohanon raved about the trip to SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman following the visit. He was particularly impressed with LSU’s rally from a 20-0 deficit to pull out a victory.
“The atmosphere was crazy,” Bohanon said. “They had me fired up. I didn’t want to leave. Watching that, wow. I haven’t been watching all of their games that much, but the way they were playing, bouncing back like that left a mark on me.”
LSU picked up its recruitment of Bohanon once he decided on taking the recent visit, which was an unofficial trip. To that point, the Tigers had not fully committed to taking him as their quarterback in the class — or taking a quarterback at all.
“At first, we were just talking two, three, maybe four times a month, and since I told them I was coming, it’s like two or three times a week,” Bohanon said of LSU. “Some schools really communicate well and are always in contact, so LSU is different than some other schools. I know I need to go back and talk to them more to know if they really want me to be their quarterback.”
Who needs a quarterback?
Bohanon has been in search of a program on stable footing that also wants him as its top choice at quarterback in the class. Surprisingly for a player of his talent, that has been hard to realize.
Four of his top choices — Arkansas, Georgia, Louisville and Mississippi State — already have a quarterback committed. The Hogs have expressed they would be willing to take two quarterbacks in the class. That is not believed to be the case with the other three.
Two of his other top choices — Baylor and Ole Miss — don’t have quarterbacks pledged but have obvious detractions. Baylor is off to an 0-6 start under first-year coach Matt Rhule. Ole Miss has NCAA sanctions expected to be levied in the near future.
This is seemingly why Bohanon recently decided to expand his potential suitors. It’s also why LSU has emerged as an interesting option with no quarterback committed. And despite embarrassing losses to Mississippi State and Troy, the Tigers appear to be trending back toward stable ground after back-to-back wins against Florida and Auburn. But there’s still the issue of whether LSU even wants a quarterback in its 2018 class.
So, for now, Arkansas remains as good of a possibility as any to get Bohanon. The Hogs will no doubt be rolling out the red carpet for him on his official visit in November. We’ll see if it’s enough to bring the Natural State’s top prospect to Fayetteville.
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