Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss an upcoming official visitor and the beginning of an evaluation period.
OL target Triston Miller set for Arkansas visit
Arkansas will host yet another top 2019 offensive line target on an official visit this weekend. This time, it will be Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day prospect Triston Miller.
Miller (6-foot-6, 275 pounds) committed to Wake Forest in December. He chose the Demon Deacons over Duke, East Carolina and Maryland. But not long after his commitment, several other Power 5 programs made their offers. He suddenly had new opportunities at Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia and others.
So, Miller reopened his recruitment to make sure he explored all his potential options. He has visited Duke, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Purdue, Tennessee and Virginia within the past two months.
Up next on his trip-taking agenda is Fayetteville. A 3-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite, Miller is set to arrive in Arkansas on Friday for a three-day official visit.
Distance from home is not expected to be a major factor in Miller’s next commitment decision. That’s obviously good news for Arkansas’ chances at remaining a serious contender, considering Charlotte is nearly 1,000 miles from Fayetteville. What he is looking for is quite simple.
“The place where I want to spend my next four years after my senior season,” Miller recently told SEC Country. “A place where I can get a good education and play some really good football.”
Arkansas is very focused on building its offensive line group early in the 2019 recruiting cycle. The Hogs hosted three offensive linemen for official visits last weekend — Beaux Limmer, Joseph Stone and Trevor Roberson. Limmer has been committed since early March. Stone pledged to the Hogs following his visit last weekend, and Roberson remains on the market with Arkansas in serious contention.
Arkansas staff hits road for evaluation period
Arkansas’ coaching staff will be busy traveling across the country over the next six weeks with the recruiting cycle now in an evaluation period. The period began Monday and runs through May 31, excluding each Sunday and Memorial Day. The Razorbacks’ staff hit the road Wednesday for the first time during this period.
Coaches are allowed to visit schools and to watch recruits go through workouts, practices and competitions during an evaluation period. They are not permitted to have face-to-face contact with recruits. However, there is a “bump rule” that allows coaches and recruits to briefly visit if they “bump” into each other while a coach is on their high school campus. Obviously, the rule is used quite frequently.
Here are a few of the stops Arkansas’ staff made Wednesday morning:
- Running backs coach Jeff Traylor’s first priority was Oklahoma City. That’s where he checked in on 2019 running back Marcus Majors of Millwood High School, and 2020 running back Dominic Richardson at Bishop McGuinness High School. Both players have offers from Arkansas.
- Defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell made a trip to California in the morning. Though not confirmed, it seems likely Caldwell checked on 2018 College of the Canyons (Valencia, Calif.) defensive end signee Dorian Gerald.
- Defensive backs coach Ron Cooper began the day in Arkansas. He stopped by Rison to make sure all is well with 2019 defensive back commit Malik Chavis. All committed players typically receive at least one visit from the coaching staff during an evaluation period.
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