Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss the positive feelings surrounding the 2018 class, some big-time visitors and more.
Arkansas’ Lunney Jr. excited about ‘fantastic start’ to 2018 class
Arkansas has secured four commitments in the 2018 class. Three of those are 4-star recruits according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. The lone non-4-star prospect, 3-star tight end Luke Ford, is trending toward a bump in rating.
Tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr., with help from offensive coordinator Dan Enos, played a major role in helping the Hogs secure their first commitment in the class when 4-star quarterback Connor Noland announced his pledge last summer. Though he primarily recruits the Natural State, Lunney also played the role of primary recruiter for Ford, who is from Carterville, Ill.
“I think we’re off to a really good start,” Lunney told SEC Country on Thursday. “I mean, I know we are. We’re off to a fantastic start.
“We feel really good about where we’re at right now.”
Lunney says while the start is nice, the staff remains focused on keeping the commits locked in and pushing for other high-priority targets. The class projects to be smaller than recent years, with Arkansas likely only having enough room to add another 10-15 recruits. Despite the expected small number of signees, the overall talent is on pace to far exceed any class in the Bielema era.
QB target Gunnell to visit Arkansas during busy weekend
St. Pius X (Houston) 2019 quarterback Grant Gunnell will arrive in Arkansas on Friday afternoon for a two-day visit. He’ll visit Oklahoma State prior to arriving in Fayetteville on Friday and will be in Dallas on Sunday for Rivals’ 3 Stripe Camp.
Gunnell (6-foot-6, 207 pounds) is a 4-star recruit and the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the class. He’s closing in on 30 total offers with Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M among them. As a sophomore, Gunnell threw for 4,973 yards and 65 touchdowns in 12 games.
Gunnell comes from a family of Arkansas graduates. His grandfather, Jim Price, played linebacker on the Razorbacks’ 1964 national championship team.
Also making the weekend trip with Gunnell will be highly touted 2019 wide receiver Jalen Curry (6-3, 193). Another Houston-area prospect from Stafford (Texas), Curry is a 4-star recruit by Rivals and Scout. His offers include Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Arkansas has not offered to this point.
RB target Townsend planning summer visit
Arkansas running back target DeMarcus Townsend tells SEC Country he is planning a visit to Fayetteville this summer.
The 3-star prospect from Palmetto Ridge (Naples, Fla.) was offered by the Hogs in early February. He also holds offers from Iowa State, Purdue, Tennessee and UCLA.
Townsend (5-11, 190) rushed for 729 yards and 11 touchdowns over 9 games last season while at Gulf Coast High School, also in Naples. He knows Arkansas 2017 running back signee Maleek Williams, who is from the same area.
Major in-state target visiting Auburn
Bohanon (6-4, 220) threw for 2,734 yards and 28 touchdowns for Earle, a Class 2A school, last season. He added 14 rushing scores and more than 1,00 yards on the ground. He also has experience playing safety and outside linebacker at Earle.
Listed as a dual-threat quarterback recruit, Bohanon has been offered by Arkansas and other programs to potentially play a number of positions. He recently told SEC Country’s Ben Wolk that Auburn is pursuing him to play quarterback, which is viewed as his preferred position.
Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee are also on his offer list.
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