Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the latest 2019 in-state offer, the new top 5 for a top target and a preferred walk-on offer.
Arkansas extends in-state offer No. 9 for 2019
Arkansas offered 2019 linebacker recruit Kendall Young following his performance at the Hogs’ prospect camp Sunday. Young attends Bentonville (Ark.) West High School and is Arkansas’ ninth in-state offer in the class. The Razorbacks previously hadn’t offered more than eight in-state recruits in one class since the 2015 group.
Though he’s primarily played linebacker at Bentonville West, Arkansas views Young (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) as a defensive end. He had 85 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior last season. 247Sports lists him as a 3-star recruit.
Young has 10 other Division I offers. Missouri is his other SEC offer with Mississippi State and Vanderbilt showing interest. The Hogs’ offer immediately put them among his top choices. His trip to campus Sunday was one of several he’s made in the last few months.
Arkansas has four commitments in the 2019 class. None of the current commits are defensive linemen, a position of significant need for the Hogs.
The Razorbacks also have Bentonville West athlete Jadon Jackson among the nine in-state recruits they’ve offered. Jackson is being recruited as a cornerback and wide receiver. Arkansas apparently is open to using him at either spot depending on how things play out with other recruits in the class. He has reported offers from 11 Power 5 schools.
Hogs in top 5 for DL target Collin Clay
Defensive end prospect Collin Clay announced his top 5 choices Sunday afternoon. It came as no surprise that Arkansas made the cut for the 2019 target who has been one of the Hogs’ top targets for several months.
Clay (6-5, 255) narrowed his list to five programs from the 19 offers he’s received. Among those 19 offers, 14 are Power 5 schools. The Razorbacks are joined by Georgia, Oklahoma State, Oregon and TCU on his list of top choices.
Arkansas hosted Clay for an unofficial visit in February and again for an official trip in April. The Hogs staff under Chad Morris offered him in early January and has viewed him as a top target. He also was a high priority in the 2019 class for the previous staff under Bret Bielema.
Clay is a high-end 3-star recruit, according to the 247Sports composite. He had 58 tackles and 3 sacks in nine games for Putnam City (Okla.) High School last season.
In-state OL Logan Kallesen gets preferred walk-on offer
Young wasn’t the only Northwest Arkansas prospect who received an opportunity to play at Arkansas over the weekend. The same was true for Shiloh Christian (Springdale) 2019 offensive lineman Logan Kallesen. Preferred walk-ons are guaranteed roster spots but not scholarships.
Arkansas’ staff extended a preferred walk-on offer to Kallesen (6-4, 285) after his participation in the Hogs’ camp Sunday. He has scholarship offers from Southwestern Oklahoma State and Harding, Division II programs in the Great American Conference.
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