Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the weekend visitors, and an SEC Network analyst gives his opinion on where the Hogs should recruit well.
Arkansas on tap for first official visit weekend with 2019 class
Ready or not, official visitors are coming to Arkansas this weekend. The 2019 class represents the first time high school juniors are allowed take official visits from the beginning of April through much of June.
As a result, the Razorbacks will have a key group of official visitors on campus this weekend. The same is expected to be the case next weekend. Arkansas coach Chad Morris is also planning to use one weekend each in May and June for official visitors.
As of Thursday afternoon, here’s the list of expected visitors this weekend:
- DE Collin Clay, Putnam City (Oklahoma City): Collin Clay has been one of Arkansas’ top defensive targets in this class from the moment Morris was hired. His trip this weekend is very important for the Hogs, who have been in a promising position to land his commitment.
- OL Beaux Limmer, Lee (Tyler, Texas): Beaux Limmer is already committed to Arkansas. He made that decision following an unofficial visit last month. It’s probably a wise move to have him take an official trip the same weekend as two top offensive line targets. Positive things can happen if a relationship is built between recruits, especially offensive linemen who could play together.
- OL Trevor Roberson, Wellington (Texas): Trevor Roberson will be at Arkansas after recent trips to Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Those in-state schools seem to have a slight edge on the Hogs at this time, but that can change with a good trip this weekend.
- OL Joseph Stone, Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.): Arkansas is working on establishing a pipeline into Stone’s high school at Hewitt-Trussville. The Hogs signed safety Myles Mason from the school in the 2018 class. Stone is the next top priority from Hewitt-Trussville with more to come in the future. He seems to be the most likely of this bunch to commit.
Defensive back Adonis Otey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) won’t make his previously planned visit this weekend. He is working to reschedule the trip.
Official visits previously only had been allowed beginning in September of the senior year for recruits. The change has been made as a result of the new December signing period for high school prospects, which was in place for the first time with the 2018 class.
“Regardless if I like it or not, we’re having it,” Morris said. “Guys are making decisions earlier now before their senior season. We’ve got to have a chance to get them on campus. It definitely is speeding the clock up, but that’s the trend and that’s what’s happening. That’s what you have to follow suit with. With that, I have no choice but to like it, so I’m very excited.”
SEC analyst says Texas ties can get Arkansas on track
SEC Network analyst Chris Doering got to know Morris a little bit last weekend. Doering was in Little Rock working as the sideline reporter for the Hogs’ spring game.
The former Florida and NFL wide receiver came away very impressed with the new Razorbacks coach and said he sees a potentially bright future for the program. Doering credited that to Morris’ capabilities as a recruiter.
“I think with his ability to recruit the state of Texas and Coach [Jeff] Traylor on staff, they’re going to really do well recruiting between Texas and Arkansas,” Doering said. “It’s just a matter of how long it’s going to take to both implement the offense and to have the right guys to run the offense. Hopefully, there’s patience by the fan base to allow that stuff to gain some traction and for it to start paying dividends.”
Doering even thought of Morris as an option for his alma mater when the Gators’ job came open last fall. Though now that he’s seen him at Arkansas, Doering said Morris has found a perfect fit.
“He’s an offensive-minded guy doing things a little bit differently,” Doering said. “Clearly, he’s really excited about the job he has there. That was just the overwhelming feeling I got from talking to him and being around the program. It just seems like there’s a lot of optimism.”
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