Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss a pair of St. Louis recruits, a plethora of new offers and more.
Arkansas would ‘probably’ fit Thompson well
Arkansas’ shift to the 3-4 defense is going to require some big bodies to play nose tackle. Recruits who fit that description are beginning to take notice.
Parkway North (St. Louis) 2018 defensive tackle Michael Thompson recently told Land of 10’s Luke Srodulski the Razorbacks have his attention.
“They’ve got big D-linemen up front,” Thompson said. “That would probably fit me a lot. I’m big.”
Thompson checks in at 6-foot-4, 290 pounds. And his assumption is correct. He’d be an ideal fit for the Razorbacks’ defensive scheme.
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Thompson is a 4-star recruit and the No. 75 overall prospect in his class. His position is a major priority for the Hogs as they signed just one defensive lineman in the 2017 class.
Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma are also among his more than 20 offers.
Ayodele Adeoye has close relationship with Hogs
Thompson isn’t the only highly touted 2018 target from St. Louis with interest in Arkansas.
Ritenour 4-star linebacker Ayodele Adeoye holds the Hogs in high regard and says he plans to visit Fayetteville at some point. He’s been in touch with running backs coach Reggie Mitchell and linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves.
“They were one of the schools that was recruiting me as a sophomore,” Adeoye said. “I’ve got that relationship.”
Adeoye (6-2, 225) says he hasn’t discussed with the coaches whether they view him as an inside or outside linebacker. Nor does he have a preference on which one he’d like to play. He expects to receive clarification on a position when he eventually visits.
LSU, Illinois and Missouri are his “main” choices with Oklahoma “in the mix” at the moment. If Arkansas does indeed convince him to come to campus, the visit will be vital to its chances at landing him over the local favorites and powerhouse programs.
Several programs still pushing for TE commit Luke Ford
Carterville (Ill.) tight end Luke Ford committed to Arkansas last month. The 3-star prospect has since said he’s “fully committed” and will sign with the Hogs barring some unforeseen circumstances.
That won’t prevent other programs from pursuing him. LSU extended an offer to Ford (6-7, 250) on Wednesday. The Tigers are the fifth SEC program to offer, joining Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Georgia.
“I still hearing from tons of schools, and the schools that have already offered still press,” Ford said. “If my parents want to (take over visits), then I might. I think I might take one or two more visits, but I’m pretty much dead set on Arkansas.”
Hogs extend four 2019 offers Wednesday
Arkansas is taking full advantage of its opportunity to get ahead recruiting the 2019 class. On Wednesday alone the Hogs extended four offers to recruits in the class.
Two of the four — wide receiver Julian Barnett (6-2, 190) and offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs (6-5 270) — visited campus Wednesday morning. Both are 4-star prospects from Belleville, Mich.
The Razorbacks also extended an anticipated offer to 4-star wide receiver Marquez Beason, who has already visited. He’s been one of the top 2019 targets on Arkansas’ radar for several months.
Beason (5-11, 175) tagged along with friend and Bishop Dunne (Dallas) teammate Brian Williams on a previous trip to Fayetteville. Brian, a very highly touted 2019 defensive back, is the younger brother of starting running back Rawleigh Williams III.
The other offer went to Oak Ridge (Conroe, Texas) offensive tackle Tyler Johnson (6-5, 295). He also holds offers from LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas.
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