Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss a pair of 2018 offensive line targets and a defensive lineman committing elsewhere.
OL coach Kurt Anderson returns Hogs as a contender for Dunlap
Dunlap (6-foot-5, 368 pounds) listed the Razorbacks along with Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Oklahoma. He is the No. 12 offensive guard and No. 227 overall prospect in the class, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
The Hogs initially made a positive impression on Dunlap over a year ago when Sam Pittman was still the offensive line coach. Pittman left for the same position at Georgia following the 2016 season, which now is a major reason the Bulldogs are in contention.
Current offensive line coach Kurt Anderson revamped the Hogs’ pursuit of Dunlap within the past few months and is clearly making headway. Dunlap released a top 10 in January with Arkansas not included. Now, the Hogs have reestablished themselves among his favorites and are expected to host him as a visitor in the future.
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— Curt (@Curtisdunlapjr) March 27, 2017
OL target Reuben Unije planning November announcement
Dunlap isn’t the only highly regarded 2018 IMG Academy offensive lineman Arkansas is heavily pursuing. The same can be said for 4-star tackle Reuben Unije, who announced Sunday he plans to make his college pledge Nov. 19.
Unije (6-6, 309) told SEC Country last month he could see himself playing at Arkansas. At that time, he said Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and South Carolina were the schools recruiting him the most.
Anderson, now entering his second season, is a the main reason Unije has been seriously considering the Hogs.
“He coached in the NFL, so he knows what he’s doing,” Unije said. “I plan on (visiting Arkansas) soon. I’ve heard they’ve got good tradition.”
DL target Kelley commits to OU
Arkansas offered 2018 defensive lineman Jordan Kelley earlier this month. Apparently, that was a little too late to make a difference in the recruitment of the 3-star prospect from Tulsa (Okla.) Union as he committed to Oklahoma on Sunday.
Kelley (6-4, 290) narrowed his choices to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU last week. Prior to that, the Hogs were believed to have a serious shot. He’s expressed a desire to stay close to home as a top priority. Arkansas’ campus is just more than 100 miles from Tulsa, closer than all of his final three choices except Oklahoma State.
For now, it appears the Razorbacks have lost out on a prospect who would fit perfectly as a tackle in their new 3-4 scheme. However, things may not be totally wrapped up as he told Rivals.com on Sunday he still intends to take some official visits.
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