Arkansas is nearing 100 offers extended in its 2018 recruiting class, which is low at this point by SEC standards.
Two of those offers resulted in commitments from quarterback Connor Noland and linebacker Bumper Pool — both 4-star recruits, according to the 247Sports composite rankings — last year. Noland and Pool remain the only commits in the class and since have teamed up to recruit others to join them.
Those efforts, coupled with a strong spring and summer push from the Hogs coaching staff, should result in other commits soon.
With that in mind, here’s a look at five 2018 targets who could be the next to commit to the Razorbacks.
Ken Montgomery Jr., 4-star CB
Hillsborough High School (Tampa, Fla.)
Montgomery (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) long has been among Arkansas’ top targets in the 2018 recruiting class.
The Razorbacks offered Montgomery in September and impressed enough for him to spend four days in Fayetteville last November. He attended the Hogs’ victory over Florida, when he began developing relationships with Noland and Pool. They helped recruit Montgomery to Arkansas ever since.
Montgomery’s offer list includes Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma among major programs. His recruitment especially increased during the last two months. Even with a handful of elite offers coming his way in recent weeks, the Razorbacks are believed to be among his top choices.
Owen Condon, 3-star OL
Bishop McGuinness High School (Oklahoma City)
Another 2018 recruit who visited Fayetteville for Arkansas’ win over Florida last season, Condon recently told SEC Country he holds the Hogs in high regard.
Condon (6-7, 315 pounds) told SEC Country he plans to trim his list of college choices at the end of the school year in May. He plans to visit Fayetteville a second time before then, and the Hogs are expected to be among his finalists.
The No. 38 offensive tackle and No. 8 overall Oklahoma recruit in the recruiting class, Condon won’t necessarily be hard to pull out of the Sooner State. Though he calls Oklahoma and Oklahoma State “great schools” with attractive football programs, he holds no personal allegiance to either. That’s important considering neither offered yet, but it’s believed both will try to swoop in and land him at some point.
Byron Hanspard, 4-star ATH
DeSoto (Texas) High School
Hanspard (6-1, 180 pounds) was so impressed with Arkansas when he visited last November he nearly committed on the spot. This cornerback prospect opted to delay his decision while he explores his options.
He also is a focal point of Noland’s recruiting efforts and talks with the quarterback commit regularly. Last month, Hanspard told SEC Country that Arkansas was among his top 5 choices along with LSU, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas Tech.
Hanspard, whose father was a star running back at Texas Tech in the mid-1990s, is looking into track programs as well. That’s a major boost for the Hogs, whose track team is among the nation’s best.
Luke Ford, 3-star TE
Carterville (Ill.) High School
Arkansas became Ford’s first FBS offer in late January. Since then, he received 15 more with most coming from other Power 5 conference programs.
The competition to land Ford (6-7, 250 pounds) is becoming increasingly stout. But because the Hogs got in early and he has family connections to the Northwest Arkansas area, their chances remain strong.
Ford, the No. 14 tight end and No. 5 overall prospect from Illinois in the recruiting class, expects to visit Arkansas soon. It’s likely the Razorbacks push for his commitment then. However, even if he doesn’t pledge to them soon, the Hogs should remain in contention throughout his recruitment process.
LaDarrius Bishop, 3-star CB
Ashdown (Ark.) High School
If Bishop (6-feet, 190 pounds) goes anywhere but Arkansas it would be a major surprise.
The Razorbacks signed his former teammate and close friend — 4-star safety Montaric Brown — in the 2017 recruiting class. Bishop and Brown told SEC Country in the past they intend to play together in college.
Arkansas’ coaching staff has a close relationship with Bishop, the No. 6 in-state prospect in the recruiting class. It should be able to lock him into joining the program. At this point, he is viewed as the Hogs’ to lose.
Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis and Oklahoma State are his other offers.