Ford enhances Arkansas’ 2018 class
Arkansas 2018 recruiting class started out with a commitment from quarterback Connor Noland, a 4-star prospect per 247Sports’ composite rankings, last summer. Then came a pledge from a potential defensive anchor at inside linebacker in 4-star recruit Bumper Pool in November.
The third commitment came Tuesday at arguably the Hogs’ most productive position with tight end Luke Ford announcing his intent to join the program. Ford (6-foot-7, 250 pounds) made his decision after Arkansas had vaulted to the top of his list following a two-day visit to Fayetteville earlier this week.
Among the highest-rated 3-star recruits in the class, Ford has a 4-star-caliber offer list and is trending toward a bump in the rankings. The No. 14 tight end’s recruitment only recently gained significant traction after Arkansas became his first FBS offer in January. Offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and several other major programs followed.
Ford, Pool and Noland give Arkansas’ class a core group to build around that is realistically as good as the coaching staff could ask for at this point. The three give the Razorbacks a 90.66 average commit ranking according to the 247Sports composite. That ranks No. 17 nationally and No. 4 in the SEC. Overall, the class ranks No. 30, trailing only three other schools with three or fewer current commits.
Jonesboro’s Thomas becomes third 2019 in-state offer
Arkansas is getting an early start toward ensuring it gives its best effort to attract the top in-state talent for the 2019 class.
The Razorbacks extended their third in-state offer in the class on Tuesday to Jonesboro 2019 offensive tackle Darius Thomas. He was offered by Georgia earlier Tuesday. LSU, Memphis and Texas State have also offered to this point.
Thomas (6-6, 300) joins Warren wide receiver Treylon Burks and Pulaski Academy (Little Rock) tight end Hudson Henry as 2019 Natural State prospects with an offer from the Hogs. Burks is a 5-star recruit already viewed as one of the top players nationally in the class. Henry is the younger brother of former Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry and soon-to-be outside linebacker Hayden Henry.
Razorbacks first SEC offer for New Orleans-area RB
Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.) 2018 running back Jeremy Gibson received his first SEC offer from Arkansas on Monday.
It’s very likely the Hogs are the first of more offers to come within the conference for a player who rushed for 1,319 yards and 20 touchdowns over 12 regular-season games as a junior. He helped lead Riverside Academy to Louisiana’s Division III state championship.
Gibson (5-11, 195) also holds offers from Purdue, Texas Tech and UAB. He is the sixth running back in the class to report an offer from Arkansas.
Hogs after former VT cornerback?
Former Virginia Tech cornerback DuWayne Johnson reported an offer from Arkansas on Monday. However, sources close to the program have indicated that is not the case at this time.
Johnson (6-2, 170) recently enrolled at Arizona Western after leaving Virginia Tech following the 2016 season. He spent two seasons with the Hokies, redshirting in 2015.
It’s likely the Razorbacks are a ways off from offering a junior college defensive back, if at all, considering the five recruits signed in the 2017 class and that 2018 projects to be a small class in general. Still, it can be assumed there has been at least some communication between the two parties. The Hogs have regularly recruited Arizona Western under coach Bret Bielema, signing tight end Jeremy Patton in the 2017 and wide receiver Cody Hollister in 2014.
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