Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the 2018 high school signees who recently arrived on campus.
These Arkansas freshmen are most likely to make an immediate impact
Arkansas had 11 of its 15 high school signees in the 2018 class arrive on campus to begin classes earlier this week. Three others already were on campus as early enrollees for the spring semester.
Offensive linemen Noah Gatlin is the only one not yet in Fayetteville. That’s because of illness, and he’s anticipated to arrive shortly. The Hogs expect to have their two junior college signees — defensive end Dorian Gerald and running back Rakeem Boyd — arrive in early July.
With the new players joining the program, SEC Country has broken down the top 5 true freshmen most likely to make an impact next season. Here’s the list:
- WR Mike Woods: Barring injury, Mike Woods is virtually guaranteed to play a role in the offense next season. The early enrollee had a very strong spring, receiving plenty of work with the first- and second-team offenses. The 247Sports composite 3-star recruit has a bright future at Arkansas and could be Chad Morris’ next big-time wide receiver.
- S Myles Mason: Don’t expect Myles Mason to earn a starting spot over safeties Santos Ramirez or Kamren Curl this fall. But he’s seemingly the top candidate to play a role as a third option on the back end of the defense. Mason is physically ready for the next level and comes from a great high school program — Hewitt/Trussville, Trussville, Ala. — known for developing top talent. I would expect to see him on the field next season.
- CB LaDarrius Bishop: Arkansas’ roster — particularly on defense — needs a speed upgrade in the worst way. LaDarrius Bishop can be part of that solution. He’s registered a 40-yard dash time under 4.4 seconds on several occasions. Though the Hogs seem to be set with their starters at cornerback, Bishop has the tools to be a valuable backup and special teams contributor right away.
- QB Connor Noland: Arkansas’ starting quarterback job will be far from set when fall camp begins in early August. That gives Connor Noland a legitimate chance to play early, something the coaching staff has even publicly confirmed. Though he’s obviously facing a significant learning curve, Noland is probably the most overall physically gifted quarterback on the roster.
- QB John Stephen Jones: If Noland doesn’t play right away, that doesn’t automatically mean a freshman quarterback won’t see the field. Jones is another incoming quarterback who isn’t being ruled out as an option if he can adapt quickly and get off to a great start.
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