Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the 2019 class, what the film shows of a new quarterback commit and more.
Arkansas must secure top 2019 in-state talent to go with QB
Arkansas isn’t expected to do any more recruiting at quarterback in the 2019 class after Ty Evans announced his commitment Tuesday.
While his pledge may have ended things at quarterback, it’s the beginning of what could be an exceptional class for the Razorbacks. That, of course, is assuming they keep Evans committed, as other top programs are certain to come with offers over the next year.
Evans, from Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo., also holds offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Kansas State and Northwestern.
For the time being, Evans is locked in. The top priority now becomes securing the best in-state talent in the class, particularly to pair with Evans on offense. That list of players is shaping up to be as good as any the state has produced in several years.
The best of the bunch might be Warren wide receiver Treylon Burks, a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite rankings. There’s also 3-star receiver Jadon Jackson from Bentonville West, and 4-star tight end Hudson Henry from Pulaski Academy (Little Rock).
The Hogs have offered all three. Pairing those pass catchers with Evans would be ideal.
As for the perfect player to potentially protect Evans some day, look no further than 4-star tackle Darius Thomas from Jonesboro. He has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, and several other FBS programs.
All four in-state players mentioned are ranked in the top 300 overall recruits in the 2019 class. Having such a class within Arkansas could be a huge boost for the Hogs, assuming they take advantage and sign all three. The next addition may come soon with Henry set to visit Arkansas on Wednesday.
Film session: QB commit Ty Evans
Evans (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) is a 3-star prospect according to Rivals, the only recruiting outlet that has given him a rating. He threw for 3,150 yards, 31 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions as a sophomore last season.
Here are three takeaways from watching film of his sophomore season.
An accurate deep ball
It’s no wonder Evans piled up all those yards and touchdowns; his ability to throw over the top of a defense with accuracy is very good. He’s not throwing moonballs, either. He can make a throw of 40 yards or more downfield on a low-arching rope, and makes it look easy. The ability to stretch the field could be a tremendous asset in Arkansas’ play-action passing game.
Reading the defense
A lot of Evans’ throws are pre-determined. That’s standard procedure at the high school level, especially for a sophomore. However, he did show some ability to calmly go through his receiver progressions and make decisions on the fly. He clearly was good at it, considering the low interceptions total. If nothing else, it’s evidence that he knew where his receivers would be at all times.
Not a statue
Evans will never be listed as a dual-threat quarterback. He’s a pocket passer, which fits the Hogs’ pro-style approach. But while he doesn’t have great speed, he does have good feet and awareness. He has an ability to avoid a pass rush by shifting within the pocket. He can even scramble a little, if necessary, to buy time for receivers to get open.
2018 QB commit Connor Noland works with former Razorbacks WR Drew Morgan
Count former Arkansas wide receiver Drew Morgan among those impressed with future Arkansas quarterback Connor Noland.
Morgan, who plays for the Miami Dolphins, caught passes from Noland earlier this week. Following the workout, Morgan posted to Twitter: “Finally got a good one-on-one [session] with [Connor Noland] … yea, he ain’t too shabby. #kidsgottacannon”
The two graduated from the same high school — Greenwood, which is 70 miles from the Arkansas campus.
— Drew Morgan (@drewmorgan15) July 18, 2017
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