Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss 4-star offensive line target Reuben Unije and a new defensive tackle offer.
4-star recruit Unije plans to visit Arkansas soon
Arkansas has emerged as a surprising contender for 2018 4-star offensive lineman Reuben Unije.
Attending IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), Unije is the No. 16 offensive tackle in the class and No. 191 overall recruit. Unije (6-foot-6, 296 pounds) is high on the Razorbacks in large part because of offensive line coach Kurt Anderson.
Anderson is entering his second season at Arkansas after coach Bret Bielema hired him from the Buffalo Bills 13 months ago. He made a significant impression on several highly touted offensive line recruits, Unije included.
“I can see myself (at Arkansas),” Unije told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi on Sunday at Nike’s The Opening Regional in Orlando, Fla.
“I talk to (Anderson) occasionally. He coached in the NFL, so he knows what he’s doing. I plan on (visiting) there soon. And I’ve heard they’ve got good tradition.”
Unije lists Arkansas along with Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State and South Carolina as the schools recruiting him most heavily. He’s high on all of those choices and is starting to “weed out” other schools among his 18 reported FBS offers.
He’ll remain busy with the recruiting process throughout the spring and summer. He has plans to visit Alabama next week, Florida the week after and Florida State soon. A visit to Arkansas may come soon after.
“How their facilities look,” Unije said of what he’ll look for when he visits the Razorbacks. “How the coaches are and talk to the players about the coaches to see if the coaches are telling me lies and stuff.”
Unije is on track to graduate early, so he plans to decide on a school by December and enroll in college in the 2018 spring semester.
Hogs offer huge JUCO DT
Arkansas extended its latest offer to 2018 Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle Tayland Humphrey late last week.
Humphrey (6-6, 350) has offers from Georgia, LSU, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and other FBS programs. He had 32 tackles, 8 for loss, last season at Hutchinson. He attended high school at Klein Oak in Spring, Texas, a Houston suburb.
The Razorbacks need a defensive lineman who can contribute immediately in this class. Humphrey fits that bill.
Arkansas has many connections to Humphrey’s junior college. Former Hutchinson defensive end Gabe Richardson is set to join the Hogs in the fall as a blueshirt. Hutchinson defensive line coach Alfred Davis played at Arkansas and was a graduate assistant for the Razorbacks the last three seasons. Defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter just completed his career at Arkansas after previously attending Hutchinson. He is preparing for the 2017 NFL Combine.
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