Defensive tackle Emmit Gooden has told SEC Country he intends to remain committed to Arkansas despite his planned visit to Oklahoma this weekend.
Gooden is making the trip with offensive lineman Tramonda Moore, his teammate at Independence (Kan.) Community College. Moore is committed to Oklahoma.
“I’m still Hog,” Gooden said, “just tagging along with my teammate down to Norman.”
Arkansas has a no-visit policy for its commits, meaning a visit elsewhere typically results in the Hogs viewing a recruit as de-committed. Exceptions are sometimes made, though it is unclear at this time if this would be one of those cases.
Gooden previously visited Oklahoma last summer. The Sooners view Gooden, who committed to the Hogs since June, as their top defensive line target.
Arkansas defensive line coach John Scott Jr. was in Independence on Monday to check in on his top commit. Gooden is the No. 9 overall junior college prospect in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite.
Gooden has become close with Scott and coach Bret Bielema. He considers sophomore defensive end McTelvin “Sosa” Agim a good friend. The two first met as top defensive line recruits in the 2016 class when Gooden was a standout at Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tenn.
Last Saturday, Gooden had 9 tackles for Independence in an upset of defending NJCAA national champion Garden City (Kan.) Community College.