Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss Arkansas recruits on TV, Bret Bielema’s Friday recruiting stops and more.
What to watch Friday: Razorbacks recruits set for prime time
Arkansas fans can get a good look at what part of the future looks like for the Razorbacks on Friday night.
Offensive line commit Luke Jones (2018) and tight end target Hudson Henry (2019), both of Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.), will be in action on ESPNU. Pulaski Academy will face Parkway (Bossier City, La.) in Little Rock with kickoff set for 9 p.m. CT. The game will likely be picked up live at the conclusion of UMass vs. Temple, which begins at 6 p.m. CT.
Jones is a 3-star tackle who committed to the Hogs in July. Henry is a 4-star prospect with deep family ties to the Razorbacks. Pulaski Academy has other talented players as well. Quarterback Layne Hatcher has offers from Eastern Illinois and Murray State. Wide receiver Trajen Johnson has been offered by all three of the service academies and six of the eight Ivy League schools.
Pulaski Academy is 2-0 and riding a 14-game winning streak after winning Arkansas’ Class 5A state title for a third straight season in 2016. MaxPreps rates the Bruins as the No. 1 team in Arkansas regardless of classification and No. 27 nationally.
Parkway, 1-1 on the season, has plenty of talent as well. However, it will be without its top two players. Quarterback Justin Rogers, a 4-star prospect committed to TCU, is out for the season with a knee injury. Wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr., an uncommitted 5-star recruit, is sidelined the next 6 to 8 weeks with a broken fibula he suffered last Friday. Parkway also has 3-star safety Israel Mukuamu, who is committed to Florida State.
Bret Bielema expected at Bumper Pool’s game as part of Dallas tour
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is expected to be a busy man throughout the Dallas area Friday.
The Razorbacks coaching staff has spent much of the bye week visiting recruits across the country. The top priority has been making a stop to see each of the 12 current 2018 commits. That’s where Dallas becomes critical for Bielema.
Arkansas has four commits in the area — Bumper Pool (4-star LB), Byron Hanspard II (4-star CB), Tanner McCalister (3-star CB) and Maureese Wren (3-star ATH). SEC Country has learned Bielema is planning to make stops at each of their schools Friday, including attending Pool’s game at Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas) that evening.
All four players are critical to the success of Arkansas’ 2018 class. Pool, Hanspard and McCalister make up three of the Hogs’ top five commits in the group.
Arkansas QB commit Connor Noland off to a great start in 2017
Arkansas 4-star quarterback commit Connor Noland will play the third game of his senior season Friday night. If it’s anything like the first two, expect an efficient performance with Noland leading Greenwood (Ark.) to a high point total.
So far, Noland has completed 32 of his 47 pass attempts (68 percent) for 454 yards and 6 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 54 yards on 13 carries with a score. All the while the Greenwood offense has compiled a combined 83 points and 892 total yards as the Bulldogs are off to a 2-0 start. And both wins have come over Class 7A teams for Class 6A Greenwood.
Noland and Greenwood will be back in action at 7 p.m. Friday on the road against Alma (Ark.).
ICYMI: 2017 baseball class No. 3 in nation
Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn may have landed the best recruiting class of his tenure with the Hogs. The Razorbacks’ 2017 group was recently ranked No. 3 nationally by Baseball America and Perfect Game.
Recruiting rankings for major outlets aren’t released until school begins in the fall and it becomes clear which players have officially enrolled. The Hogs class consists of 15 players, all freshmen for the fall semester.
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