Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the top in-state recruit, retaining the primary in-state recruiter, a former commit heading elsewhere and more.
Chad Morris visits top in-state recruit Gerry Bohanon Jr.
Chad Morris has convinced Gerry Bohanon Jr. he’s the right coach to get the Razorbacks back on track. Now that Morris has accomplished that, he’s doing his best to convince Bohanon to join him in for the rebuild.
A quarterback from Earle, Ark., Bohanon is the No. 1 in-state recruit in the 2018 class according to the 247Sports composite. Morris, who was hired last week, met Bohanon personally for the first time Monday at Earle High School, 275 miles east of Fayetteville. That visit apparently went very well.
“I feel like that’s the right man for the job,” Bohanon told Hayden Balgavy of THV11 in Little Rock on Sunday evening.
“I feel like he’s going to really change the program around with the right guys. I really believe that.”
Bohanon (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) has previously listed Arkansas among his top choices along with Baylor, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. He also holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and several other programs.
A commitment decision is likely to be made by Bohanon between now and the Dec. 20 earlier signing period beginning. It may not be made public until that time, when he is planning to sign. Other than his intentions to sign that day, Bohanon has given no indication when he might make his commitment known. For now, all signs point toward Arkansas.
“Every kid in Arkansas wants to be a Razorback,” Bohanon said. “A lot of guys like watching the Hogs. I like watching them. I like going to the games, I like the people up there and the fans are absolutely the best in the nation.”
— Hayden Balgavy (@HaydenBalgavy) December 12, 2017
Barry Lunney Jr. remains on staff recruiting, unsure of role
Tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. has remained on Arkansas’ staff in the transition from Bret Bielema to Morris. Lunney has actively recruited over the past week as a representative of the new staff.
A source with knowledge of the situation recently told SEC Country that Lunney is definitely being retained by Morris. However, the source also said it is uncertain what role Lunney will serve. It remains very likely he continues to coach tight ends, though Morris’ offense uses the position quite differently than the previous staff.
Lunney joined Morris and offensive coordinator Joe Craddock in Ashdown, Ark., on Sunday night as the three met with 2018 cornerback LaDarrius Bishop. Bishop flipped his commitment from Mississippi State to the Razorbacks following his meeting with the coaches.
As he does with most in-state recruits, Lunney served as the primary contact between Bishop and Arkansas throughout his recruitment.
Byron Hanspard II officially off list of possibilities, commits to Baylor
SEC Country reported Monday that former Arkansas commit Byron Hanspard II had not heard from the Hogs’ new staff.
The Razorbacks have indeed made contact with the 4-star cornerback since, but apparently not with intention of pursuing him. It is believed at this time the Hogs do not intend to pursue any other cornerbacks following Bishop’s pledge.
Morris’ staff at SMU did not recruit Hanspard despite him being from nearby DeSoto, Texas. He was one of Arkansas’ top commitments in the 2018 class until rescinding his pledge late last month. He stated that his de-commitment was because of the uncertainty surrounding Bielema’s firing.
With Arkansas out of the picture, Hanspard announced his commitment to Baylor on Monday evening.
No more SMU commits expected
Morris flipped two of his SMU commits — wide receiver Mike Woods and offensive lineman Silas Robinson — to Arkansas on Sunday. At this time, it is not expected the Hogs will be adding any of Morris’ other pledges from his time with the Mustangs.
A 3-star prospect from Magnolia, Texas, Woods was SMU’s highest-rated commit in the 2018 class. Robinson is a 3-star tackle from Yoakum, Texas.
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