FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — David Porter has long been an overshadowed prospect in the 2017 recruiting class.
Porter, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end, is a 3-star prospect according to Rivals and Scout and is unrated by 247Sports. He’s only recently becoming a known talent among recruiting circles.
The argument could be made he’s been overlooked with recruiters fixated on the other handful of Division I prospects coming out of Joe T. Robinson (Little Rock, Ark.).
Arkansas, for instance, signed Robinson running back T.J. Hammonds in the 2016 class and has receiver Koilan Jackson committed in the 2017 class. So the Razorbacks have been aware of Porter’s abilities, right?
“When (Arkansas tight ends coach Barry) Lunney first got (Porter’s) film he was mad,” said Robinson assistant coach Brian Maupin. “He said, ‘Maup, why didn’t you tell me you had this d-end?’ So the interest is there now. I’m sure they’ll be watching him through his senior year. I know Coach Bielema was impressed with him, too.”
Since that film from Porter’s junior season began circulating among coaches this offseason, the interest from several programs ratcheted up quickly.
Colorado State, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech and Memphis have extended offers with Arkansas, Texas A&M and others now showing strong interest.
“He’s a very out-of-the-blue prospect,” Maupin said. “His recruiting kind of just shot up when I got K-State his film. They’re defensive ends coach (Blake Seiler) loved it. He immediately called me, we talked about what kind of a person he is and all that, and from there they pulled the trigger on offering him. That really put a spotlight on him and it’s taken off from there.”
Porter plans to visit Texas A&M on July 24 with another trip to Arkansas soon after.
“Kansas State, Iowa State and Louisiana Tech are the main ones for me right now,” Porter said. “I talk with Arkansas every now and then. They might have an offer for me later on, but I’m not sure. I’m just going to keep working and do what I need to do to make sure that if they do give me an offer that it’s justified.
“(Arkansas) is not a dream school necessarily, but it would mean a lot. That’s the home state. I would definitely have to strongly consider them.”
Porter made 84 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 8 sacks last season as a 16-year-old. Turning 17 in September, his size and 6-foot-9 wingspan are exceptional for his age.
“When he gets into a college strength and conditioning program, he’s going to blow up,” Maupin said. “I think that kind of contributes to why he’s so under the radar, but what he’s going to be is freakish.”