Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss what Arkansas is looking for at outside linebacker, a top recruit considers the Hogs, and more.
Arkansas not looking for ‘cookie-cutter mold’ at OLB
This spring, Arkansas is in the process of adjusting to playing the 3-4 defense. The switch in philosophy has also resulted in the Razorbacks slightly changing their recruiting approach on that side of the ball.
That’s especially evident at outside linebacker, which is essentially an entirely new position. The Hogs hired Chad Walker last month to coach the position group.
SEC Country asked Walker last week what he’s looking for in an outside linebacker recruit. Here’s what he had to say:
“I look for guys that can set the edge, guys that can pass rush, guys that play fast, guys that play hard. That kind of stuff. And love the game.
“I think players come in all lengths. It all just depends on skill sets. There’s variety in players. Some guys might be longer that can set an edge, some guys might be long-space players. I don’t think there’s cookie-cutter molds that you look for.”
Highly touted Jalen Green has Arkansas among final choices
Houston Heights 2018 cornerback Jalen Green narrowed his list of well over 30 offers to 13 schools he’s focusing on going forward. The Hogs, somewhat surprisingly, made the cut.
Green (6-foot-1, 170 pounds) is listed as a 4-star recruit and the No. 45 overall prospect in the class by 247Sports’ composite rankings. Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma, Penn State, TCU and Texas were also among his 13 choices. Arkansas offered him in late January.
It’ll be interesting to see how hard the Hogs push to get him. He’s highly touted, sure, but would obviously be tough to land considering his list.
Further complicating things with Green is the Hogs’ 2018 class already has one commit at cornerback — DeSoto (Texas) 4-star prospect Byron Hanspard II. Beyond him, Ashdown (Ark.) 3-star recruit LaDarrius Bishop and Hillsborough (Tampa, Fla.) 4-star prospect Ken Montgomery Jr. have clearly emerged as priorities at the position.
The chances Arkansas signs more than three cornerbacks are very slim with a small number of scholarships available and four cornerbacks signed in the 2017 class.
Fordyce DT Billy Ferrell to visit
Monday was busy for Fordyce (Ark.) 2018 defensive tackle Billy Ferrell.
An Arkansas target, Ferrell (6-3, 315) received his first two Division I offers from Central Arkansas and Colorado State. He also announced his plans to visit the Razorbacks’ campus April 22, a Saturday in which the Hogs are expected to host several recruits.
Ferrell had 37 tackles, 6 for losses, and 4 sacks in 11 games as a junior last season. The Razorbacks have been evaluating him for several months. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him eventually land an offer from them. He has ideal size for playing nose tackle in the Hogs’ 3-4 scheme.
Hogs offer 4-star LB Channing Tindall
Arkansas’ latest offer was extended to 4-star outside linebacker Channing Tindall of Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) on Monday.
Tindall (6-2, 213) is the No. 21 outside linebacker and No. 4 prospect from South Carolina in the class. He has more than 15 offers, with Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee among them.
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