Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss 2019 in-state recruits, a linebacker target committing elsewhere and three offers at the same high school.
Arkansas’ Lunney impressed with 2019 in-state class
Arkansas’ 2019 in-state talent is shaping up to the be the Natural State’s best group of prospects in years. The Razorbacks’ coaching staff is taking notice as they get ahead evaluating and offering recruits in the class.
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, the state has three prospects in the top 200 of the class. Each of them — 5-star tight end Hudson Henry, 4-star wide receiver Treylon Burks and 4-star offensive lineman Darius Thomas — have offers from Arkansas.
“If you’re at this point in the recruiting cycle and you’ve already offered guys and have a few other guys that are on the verge of that potentially, that’s always a great thing for us,” said tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr., who is the primary recruiter in Arkansas.
“And when I say us … we’ve got to land them. We need them, we need them all and we’re going to work hard at that. But it seems like it’s a nice class in Arkansas.”
Henry (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) attends Pulaski Academy in Little Rock. He is the No. 25 overall prospect in the class and also holds offers from Ole Miss and Stanford. He is the younger brother of former standout tight end Hunter Henry and 2017 outside linebacker signee Hayden Henry.
Burks (6-3, 180), from Warren, has held an offer from the Hogs since he was a freshman. He is the No. 14 wide receiver and No. 60 overall recruit in the class. As a sophomore last season, he had 57 receptions for 1,354 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Thomas (6-6, 308) is ranked No. 176 nationally and No. 23 among offensive tackles. The Jonesboro prospect also holds offers from Auburn, Georgia and LSU.
The Hogs extended their latest 2019 in-state offer last weekend to wide receiver Jadon Jackson of Bentonville West. Jackson (6-1, 160) was on campus Saturday attending the Razorbacks’ first scrimmage of the spring.
LB target Hobbs commits to Texas
Eastern Hills (Fort Worth, Texas) outside linebacker Byron Hobbs announced his commitment to Texas over the weekend.
Hobbs (6-4, 207) had garnered a lot of interest from the Hogs recently. His father and grandfather are both Arkansas natives and Hogs fans. He told SEC Country last month he was “definitely” planning to visit Arkansas. It’s unclear if his pledge to the Longhorns has changed those plans.
The 3-star recruit announcing his commitment already came as a surprise. He was not expecting to make a decision until this summer at the earliest.
Hogs offer Ohio trio
Arkansas has been busy evaluating talent at Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio. The Razorbacks offered three highly-touted 2018 prospects from the school over the past week.
Tavion Thomas, a 4-star running back, was the first Dunbar product to report an offer from the Hogs. Wide receiver Joseph Scates, also a 4-star, and 3-star linebacker Antwuan Johnson reported offers Saturday.
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