Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss a couple of recent visitors and Arkansas making the final 5 for a top target.
Nick Alftin now believes high school coach’s pitch on alma mater
Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 2018 defensive end Nick Alftin finally found out what all the hype is about at Arkansas.
Alftin (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) had been hearing about the Razorbacks from his high school coach, Keith Burns, who is a former Razorbacks player and assistant coach. Burns’ son, Tanner, is entering his fourth season at Arkansas as a special teams quality control assistant. Alftin spent much of his visit with the Burnses pitching the benefits of what Arkansas has to offer.
“They are both super passionate about Arkansas, so you can’t help but to also feel the same way,” Alftin told SEC Country.
Alftin said another highlight of his visit was meeting with coach Bret Bielema. They discussed the Hogs’ recruiting plans, and Bielema said he was a fan of Alftin’s size and ability. He also came away highly impressed with strength coach Ben Herbert.
“After only 20 minutes with him he taught me a bunch of things about my squats and hips,” Alftin said. “He really knows his stuff. He’s a genius.”
Alftin is a 3-star recruit according to 247Sports’ composite ratings. He committed to Cal earlier this month and also has offers from Boise State, Colorado, San Jose State and Wyoming.
If the Hogs were to offer in the future, there’s reason to believe they could be in serious contention for Alftin despite his commitment to Cal. He likely fits into their 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker.
“The SEC is a outstanding league,” Alftin said. “It was great to see another school with great tradition and players. Tanner was awesome and truly made me feel like a Hog for a day.”
OL Blaine Scott has Hogs in top 5
Offensive lineman Blaine Scott has Arkansas as 1 of 5 schools he’ll be deciding between early next month.
The 2018 target listed Duke, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Rutgers, along with the Hogs, as his final choices. He has set May 5 as the date for his commitment announcement.
From Sciotoville East High School in Portsmouth, Ohio, he is a 3-star recruit. He is the No. 17 offensive guard and No. 16 prospect from Ohio in the class.
Scott (6-4, 310) had to cancel plans to visit Fayetteville last weekend. It is unknown at this time if he’ll reschedule before his decision date.
— Blaine Scott (@blaine_scott54) April 17, 2017
OL Nigel Brannon enjoyed visit, will be back
John Marshall (Oklahoma City) 2018 offensive lineman Nigel Brannon has a growing level of interest in Arkansas following his weekend visit to the school.
Brannon (6-6, 343) has offers from South Dakota State and TCU. Along with the Razorbacks, he has also received interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.
“(Arkansas) was really nice,” Brannon told SEC Country. “I like it a lot. They are all high-energy guys, especially the (defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads). Coach (Kurt) Anderson is the man. He knows his stuff and Coach (Bielema) loves his offensive linemen.”
Brannon said he will come back to Fayetteville on June 3 for the Hogs’ prospect camp. He also plans to attend their offensive and defensive line camp later that month.
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