Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a top defensive end target visiting soon and a running back with the Hogs on his list of top choices.
Arkansas among finalist for DE target Mataio Soli
Arkansas’ staff has put in an immense amount of effort recruiting 2019 defensive end Mataio Soli to Fayetteville. Those efforts have paid off at least enough to have the Razorbacks seemingly in consideration throughout his recruitment.
Soli (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) announced Wednesday the Hogs are among his top 3 choices, along with Auburn and Florida. The Douglas County (Douglasville, Ga.) prospect is expected to make a commitment decision this summer. Soli is a 3-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite.
Arkansas’ chances at getting Soli increased significantly following his unofficial visit to campus in early April. He plans to make another trip to Fayetteville, this time for an official visit, June 7-9.
The list of offers for Soli includes his top 3 along with Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Stanford and other Power 5 schools. Soli has been one of the Hogs’ top defensive end targets in the class for several months. The same is true of Joe T. Robinson (Little Rock, Ark.) end Zach Williams.
Arkansas in top 8 for RB Tahj Gary
The Hogs also made the reduced list of top choices for 2019 running back Tahj Gary. Arkansas is in his top 8 and is joined by Boston College, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, North Carolina, Purdue, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Gary (5-9, 200) plans to spend the rest of his recruitment focusing on those schools. The 3-star prospect reportedly has an offer from each of his top choices and 26 other FBS programs. As a junior, Gary rushed for 1,305 yards and 19 touchdowns in 13 games at Woodward Academy (College Park, Ga.).
Arkansas does not have a running back pledged among its four commitments in the 2019 class. The Razorbacks are expected to have room for one running back signee in the class.
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