Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the hiring of John Chavis, a future official visitor, and how Deshaun Watson is helping the Hogs recruit.
John Chavis built connection with Arkansas LB signee Bumper Pool
John Chavis is taking over as Arkansas’ defensive coordinator. He’s coming off his 38th season coaching college football, and through the years he hasn’t lost his recruiting touch.
That was evident in how he connected with Arkansas 2018 linebacker signee Bumper Pool. A 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite, Pool was the Hogs’ top signee during the early signing period. He committed to Arkansas in November 2016 and kept his pledge for 13 months until signing.
Despite Pool’s firm commitment to Arkansas, Chavis continued to recruit Pool while the veteran coach was at Texas A&M. The two typically spoke on a weekly basis. Their relationship began with a meeting in College Station the summer before Pool’s junior year.
“We went and sat in his office and he said, ‘I’m here, I have nowhere to go, so you can take as much time as you want to get to know me and I want to get to know y’all,’ ” Pool’s father, Jeff, recalled.
“We sat there for probably two hours and just listened to that man talk. I knew a lot about him, but Bumper didn’t really know him at first. And then Bumper came away saying, ‘I want to play for that guy.’ ”
Pool, who is set to enroll next week, was never going anywhere but Arkansas. However, he left the lines of communication open with Chavis out of respect to the connection they’d made. Chavis often told Pool and his parents he viewed him as a future star for the Aggies.
“To hear a guy say, ‘I want your son to be a captain,’ he obviously sees something in your kid that we see, but we’re a little bias,” Pool’s mother, Laurie, said.
DaShaun White, another top linebacker recruit in the 2018 class, also spoke highly of Chavis in an interview with SEC Country last week. White recently flipped his commitment from Texas A&M to Oklahoma. If the Aggies had retained Chavis, things likely would’ve been different.
“He was definitely my favorite coach I met throughout all this,” White said. “I attached to him really fast. That was my dude.”
JUCO RB Rakeem Boyd sets visit date
Arkansas running back target Rakeem Boyd told SEC Country he plans to make an official visit to Fayetteville next weekend (Jan. 19-21).
Boyd (6-foot, 200 pounds) is a 3-star recruit who spent the 2017 season at Independence (Kan.) Community College. He rushed for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns while playing in 10 games.
Boyd spent his freshman season in 2016 at Texas A&M. He redshirted before announcing he would transfer to Independence. He signed with Texas A&M as a 3-star prospect in the 2016 class from Stratford High School in Houston.
Click here to read more about Boyd and his recruitment.
Arkansas selling Deshaun Watson connection on recruiting trail
Arkansas coach Chad Morris is hoping his relationship with Deshaun Watson will pay off on the recruiting trail next month.
That’s when the Hogs hope to sign 4-star quarterback James Foster II. The dual-threat quarterback from Lanier High School in Montgomery, Ala., received an offer from Morris last week. He’s a big fan of Watson, who is featured on his Twitter profile as the background photo.
Morris and his recruiting staff played to that connection Monday, sending Foster a graphic of him next to Watson. The graphic indicated Foster could be the next dual-threat quarterback to shine under Morris’ guidance.
It is unknown whether Foster plans to visit Arkansas before National Signing Day next month. However, sources have indicated the interest between Arkansas and Foster is mutual.
Click here to read more about the recruitment of Foster.
— James Foster II (@YungSimba4) January 8, 2018
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