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Arkansas misses out on another DL
Dillard High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) defensive end Jordan Wright committed to Kentucky on Wednesday.
The 3-star prospect is the latest in a string of Arkansas’ 2017 defensive line targets to commit elsewhere. Wright (6-foot-5, 225 pounds) is a 3-star recruit and is the No. 27 weak-side defensive end in the class. He officially visited Arkansas earlier this month, and the Razorbacks’ chances were believed to be strong at that point.
Blinn College (Brenham, Texas) 3-star defensive tackle Javier Edwards chose to sign with Colorado last week over the Hogs and UNLV. He had also made an official visit to Fayetteville in early December. Cisco (Texas) College 4-star defensive end Micheal Clemons had been a major target for several months. Ultimately, he committed to Texas A&M earlier this month after listing Arkansas in his top 5 a week earlier.
With just one defensive lineman — 3-star pledge Troy James — among the 21 combined commits and signees in the class, Arkansas is in desperate need of another as National Signing Day (Feb. 1) nears.
Taking the previous targets off the board, here’s a list of defensive linemen sources have indicated may be next on the Hogs’ list:
- Nate Anderson, 3-star DE, 6-3, 250, New Mexico Military Institute: The No. 6 strong-side defensive end at the junior college level, Anderson committed to Missouri early this month. He has since landed on Arkansas’ radar and projects as a capable fit at outside linebacker in the Hogs’ shift to a 3-4 defense.
- Rashad Brandon, 3-star DT, 6-2, 315, ASA College: Brandon committed to Missouri just one day prior to Anderson announcing his pledge to the school. His skill set matches that of a 3-4 nose tackle, and the Razorbacks could use another player to potentially man that spot next season.
- Chris Turner, 3-star DE, 6-4, 225, Hammond (La.) High School: The third Missouri commit on this list, Turner has actually been on Arkansas’ radar for some time. He officially visited Fayetteville in early December, but all indications since then have been he’s firm in his commitment to the Tigers.
Arkansas offers 2018 DB
Arkansas’ latest scholarship was extended to 2018 defensive back Reggie Williams.
Williams (5-10, 180) also holds offers from Arizona, Navy, Purdue and Utah. He had 41 tackles, 2 sacks and 4 interceptions at Grand Prairie (Texas) High School as a junior during the 2016 season.
Cole commits to La. Tech
Neville (La.) High School 3-star athlete Jaiden Cole made a somewhat surprising decision by announcing his commitment to Louisiana Tech on Wednesday.
Cole (6-1, 195) has offers from Arkansas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Washington and several other programs. He took official visits to Notre Dame and Oklahoma State this season. Primarily a quarterback in high school, Cole projects to play safety at Louisiana Tech.
I have made my decision…. pic.twitter.com/MOsCG72etr
— Jaiden Cole (@JayCole_11) December 21, 2016
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.