Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss an upcoming visitor and scholarship numbers for the 2019 class.
Arkansas WR target T.Q. Jackson among top recruits visiting Fayetteville next weekend
Arkansas is preparing to host an impressive group of visitors in the 2019 class on Feb. 24. Wide receiver T.Q. Jackson will be one of the most important among those on campus during that time.
Jackson (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) confirmed to SEC Country on Thursday he’ll be in Fayetteville for a visit with the Razorbacks — one of his top choices. He is a 3-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. From Jefferson High School, he is one of several East Texas recruits the new Hogs staff is pushing to sign.
Shortly after coach Chad Morris was hired in early December, he identified Jackson as a top target in the 2019 class. The Hogs offered him Dec. 15 and quickly worked to secure visit plans. Morris’ staff also offered Jackson while at SMU. The Mustangs were the first school to offer him, doing so while he was still a sophomore. He visited SMU in September and has a strong relationships with wide receivers coach Justin Stepp and running backs coach Jeff Traylor, the Hogs’ primary recruiter in East Texas. Both coaches came with Morris to Arkansas from SMU.
Jackson is visiting Texas this weekend. He visited Baylor earlier this month. Texas Tech has also offered and is among his top options. Jefferson is just under 300 miles from Fayetteville, making Arkansas closer than most Power 5 programs.
Chad Morris projecting higher scholarship numbers for Arkansas’ 2019 class
Arkansas’ 2018 class was hampered by limited available scholarships. The Hogs signed just 17 players in the class — eight in December and nine in February. The 13 other SEC programs averaged 22 signees in the class.
A small senior class, high retention rate under the previous coaching staff and a handful of walk-ons being awarded scholarships played a large role in the numbers crunch. The Hogs are expected be right at the 85-scholarship limit when the 2018 season begins.
Morris found the positives in the small number of signees, though. He even stated if the Hogs had more scholarships available, they may not have used them all to avoid stretching their standards with some signees.
“I think in two years you’ll look back and go, ‘OK wow, those guys made a huge impact in this program,’ ” Morris said. “And not look back and go, ‘Wow, we reached on some guys.’ “
The 2019 class isn’t expected to be nearly as limited. According to Morris, the Razorbacks are expected to sign 20 to 22 players in the group. That number could easily grow to the 25 yearly limit if the Hogs have more players transfer once they determine how much they do or don’t fit in under the new staff.
“We have a lot of offers out. We have a lot of momentum right now,” Morris said. “It’ll be a little bit bigger class next year.”
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