Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the Hogs’ efforts recruiting quarterbacks and offensive linemen.
Arkansas having no trouble recruiting top QBs
Arkansas coach Chad Morris and his staff are in the midst of a tall task trying to rebuild the Razorbacks roster through recruiting. Quarterback seems to already be in great shape, though, with the Hogs catching the attention several top recruits at the most important position.
Following the coaching change in December, the Razorbacks were able to keep the commitment of Connor Noland — a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite — and land him during the early signing period. The Hogs also added John Stephen Jones — a two-time state champion in Texas — as a signee in February.
More positive quarterback recruiting momentum was generated with the commitment of KJ Jefferson in May. Jefferson was the Hogs’ top 2019 quarterback target for several months before announcing his pledge. He’s a perfect fit for the offense with the type of dual-threat ability that is what Morris and offensive coordinator Joe Craddock ideally want at quarterback.
Recently, Arkansas already has began making waves with quarterbacks in classes beyond the 2019 cycle. The Hogs offered Jacolby Criswell last week. He’s a 4-star recruit and the No. 1 quarterback prospect from Arkansas in the 2020 class. An offer from the Hogs immediately moves them into his top group of options.
The Razorbacks also extended an offer to Morris’ son, Chandler. The younger Morris is a 2020 quarterback who also has an offer from Clemson. It’s too early in his recruitment to say much other than that it would be a surprise to see him playing for anyone besides his dad.
There’s even progress being made with the 2021 class at quarterback. Aaron McLaughlin attended camp in Fayetteville last weekend and was “blown away” by Arkansas and its coaching staff. The Georgia prospect described the trip as one of the best visits he’d been on yet. His other recent visits have included South Carolina and Tennessee. With nearly 30 FBS offers, he’s clearly emerged as one of the top quarterback recruits in his class.
It’s too early to tell if Morris and Co. can build a complete roster that will make the Hogs an SEC competitor. But it’s not too early to say at least the quarterback spot is looking like it will be just fine.
OL target Trevor Roberson commits to Texas Tech
Arkansas must move further down its priority list at tackle in the 2019 class with Trevor Roberson now apparently off the list of possibilities. Roberson — who has been one of the Hogs’ top targets for several months — announced his pledge to Texas Tech on Saturday.
The Razorbacks remained a top contender for Roberson right up until he announced his commitment. Arkansas’ efforts weren’t quite strong enough to pull the Wellington High School prospect out of West Texas.
Even without Roberson, Arkansas’ 2019 offensive line class remains in decent shape. The Hogs have commitments from Beaux Limmer and Joseph Stone. Both players were among the early top offensive line targets of the coaching staff.
Arkansas also remains in the mix for Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day tackle Triston Miller, who is expected to announce a commitment later this summer. The importance of his decision is now increased for the Hogs with Roberson off the market. That’s especially true with the Razorbacks’ odds of landing Darius Thomas and/or Stacey Wilkins — the top in-state offensive linemen in the class — seemingly fading as their recruitment wears on.
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