Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss where the 2018 class stands after a busy couple days and a walk-on quarterback addition to the roster.
Where Arkansas’ 2018 class stands after 4 commits in 2 days
Arkansas’ 2018 class has quickly gone from plenty of room remaining to nearing completion.
The Razorbacks added four commitments from Sunday morning to Monday afternoon. All four were visitors to Fayetteville last weekend. Prior to them stepping on campus for their recent trips, Arkansas had nine members in the class — eight signees and a commit — with as many as seven scholarship spots still available.
Now, the Hogs have a projected two-to-four spots still available with another set of official visitors expected this weekend. That’s including an unexpected scholarship for the Hogs after offensive lineman Jake Heinrich announced Monday evening he is giving up football.
With the new commitments in place, the list of top targets to finish out the class has narrowed. Here’s a look at a few players who are still among the Hogs’ top targets in the class and where things stand with their recruitment:
- WR Tommy Bush, 4 stars, Samuel Clemens (Schertz, Texas): Bush received an in-home visit from coach Chad Morris, wide receivers coach Justin Stepp and running backs coach Jeff Traylor on Monday night. The staff is clearly working hard to bring him on campus for an official visit, but so are in-state programs Baylor and Texas as he only has one official visit remaining. If the Hogs can persuade him to visit campus, they’ll have a serious shot at landing what would be their highest-rated recruit in the class.
- S/OLB Aaron Brule, 3 stars, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.): Brule had an official visit to Fayetteville last weekend that went great. The Hogs are definitely near the top of his list along with Oklahoma State and TCU. He’s currently really struggling with a final decision and may not make it public until he signs on National Signing Day (Feb. 7).
- S Joseph Foucha, 3 stars, McDonogh 35 (New Orleans): Foucha’s visit to Fayetteville last weekend has helped place Arkansas among his top-3 choices. He’s still hoping to make visits to those schools and possibly Ole Miss before making a decision, which is likely not coming until National Signing Day.
- CB Mario Goodrich III, 4 stars, Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West: Arkansas defensive backs coach Mark Smith attended Goodrich’s basketball game last week. That gesture has apparently helped the Hogs receive an official visit from Goodrich. He is expected to be on campus in early February just before Signing Day. Georgia and LSU are still considered the favorites, but the Hogs will at least make the last impression.
- WR Treveon Johnson, 3 stars, Brenham (Texas): Johnson is still committed to Oklahoma after his visit to Fayetteville last weekend. He enjoyed the trip and has a great relationship with Arkansas’ coaching staff. Still, a flip from the Sooners seems unlikely, but the Razorbacks haven’t been totally ruled out just yet.
- DE Tyree Wilson, 3 stars, West Rusk (New London, Texas): Wilson was also among the official visitors last weekend. He remains committed to Texas A&M, but Arkansas has definitely given him something to think about between now and National Signing Day.
- OL Ryan Winkel, 3 stars, Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.): Winkel officially visited Mississippi State last weekend. He has plans to do the same at Arkansas this weekend. A recent offer from Tennessee has also made the Vols a possibility. Look for Arkansas to try and lock in his commitment with a strong push this weekend.
- Former Texas A&M RB Rakeem Boyd commits to Arkansas
- Myles Mason flips commitment from Mississippi State to Arkansas
- DE Courtre Alexander commits to Arkansas
- LB Andrew Parker commits to Arkansas
Former TCU signee Austin Aune joins Arkansas as walk-on
Former TCU signee and New York Yankees draft pick Austin Aune has enrolled at Arkansas. He will be a walk-on quarterback for the Hogs, sources have confirmed to SEC Country.
Aune, 24, signed with the Horned Frogs as a member of their 2012 class but never enrolled. He was selected by the Yankees in the second round of the MLB draft that summer. He opted to sign for a $1 million bonus.
A shortstop and outfielder, he spent six seasons in the organization before retiring from baseball after his 2017 campaign. He had a career .226 batting average with 20 home runs in 387 games.
Aune was a 3-star recruit from Argyle (Texas) when he signed with TCU. He passed for 3,411 yards and 33 touchdowns with 9 interceptions as a senior. Additionally, he rushed for 541 yards and 9 touchdowns.
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