Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss camp dates and New Orleans recruiting.
Arkansas sets summer camp schedule with potential to host many recruiting targets
Recruits who are interested in playing at Arkansas will have plenty of chances to perform in front of the Hogs coaching staff this summer.
Arkansas released its list of on-campus camp dates Tuesday morning. The Hogs will have three night camps and an overnight camp as well as camps specific to quarterbacks, wide receivers, linemen and specialists throughout June. Here are the full list of dates:
- June 3: Night camp 1 for grades 9-12.
- June 9: Night camp 2 for grades 9-12.
- June 11-12: Overnight camp for grades 9-12.
- June 14: Elite QB/WR academy for grades 7-12 and OL/DL skills padded camp for grades 9-12.
- June 16: Kicking academy for grades 7-12 and night camp 3 for grades 9-12.
This list of camp dates should make it easier to get some of the top recruiting targets on campus. For instance, if a quarterback target can’t make it June 3, he still would have four other potential camp dates later in the month to get on campus.
Additionally, the Hogs will host a junior camp June 8 and youth camp June 9. Registration for all the camps begins April 1.
Away from campus, Arkansas is expected to have staff members attend camps at Stephen F. Austin (Nacogdoches, Texas), Pittsburg State (Pittsburg, Kan.) and Lindenwood (St. Charles, Mo.) this summer. These are not the only camps Arkansas’ staff will attend, with several other locations likely to become apparent soon.
The Razorbacks are also hopeful to be part of a prospect camp in Louisiana this year. Last year, Arkansas was essentially uninvited from a camp at Southeastern Louisiana. The Hogs’ previous staff had to change its plans just two weeks ahead of time. This was apparently as a result of a move made by LSU to keep out-of-state schools from taking part in Louisiana camps.
De’Jon Harris: Arkansas sells itself to NOLA recruits
Arkansas linebacker De’Jon Harris was thrilled the Hogs signed two recruits from New Orleans in the 2018 class. Harris, who grew up in New Orleans, even helped recruit both signees: defensive back Joseph Foucha and linebacker Andrew Parker.
With Foucha and Parker coming in, the Razorbacks will have six players on the roster next season from the New Orleans area. With a continued influx of players from his home city to Fayetteville, Harris is noticing it is becoming increasingly easier to sell Arkansas to New Orleans recruits.
“Us kids from New Orleans don’t see stuff like this once we get to Arkansas,” Harris said. “We win by impression with guys from down there once they see everything. Plus, now we have the New Orleans connection that’s just making things even easier.”
Harris’ success with the Razorbacks is helping as well. He was second in the SEC with 9.58 tackles per game last season. Recruits from New Orleans have regularly mentioned seeing players they know — such as Harris — succeed at Arkansas helped increase their interest in the Hogs.
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