Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the Hogs’ recruiting across the country and making the top 9 for a 4-star prospect.
Arkansas recruiting everywhere with 6 commits from 6 states
There’s no denying Arkansas is at a geographical disadvantage compared to its SEC West competitors. The state is never going to produce as much SEC-level talent as any of the other states within the division.
There are ways to overcome that, though. One of which is going into other states and beating out Power 5 schools for prized recruits. That may not be the easiest route, but coach Chad Morris and his staff are showing a knack for doing that early in his tenure at Arkansas.
The Razorbacks have six commitments in the 2019 class. All are from different states.
Arkansas is accounted for with athlete Malik Chavis. Texas offensive lineman Beaux Limmer committed over offers that included Baylor and Oklahoma State. Joseph Stone, an offensive lineman from Alabama, jumped on board with the Hogs rather than wait around on an offer from the SEC schools within his state. Quarterback KJ Jefferson decided his future is at Arkansas despite having offers from Mississippi State and Ole Miss — his top in-state schools — as well as Georgia and Texas A&M. Defensive end Mataio Soli, though he does have family connections to Arkansas, is a Hogs commit from Georgia with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and many other top schools closer to his region. Arkansas’ latest commit — wide receiver commit Shamar Nash — attends IMG Academy in Florida and is a Memphis, Tenn., native.
There’s plenty more for Morris and Co. to prove on the recruiting trail if this new group is going to be successful in Fayetteville. But if recruiting successfully anywhere without shying away from who the competition might be is part of the test, they are passing with flying colors so far.
Hogs in top 9 for 4-star Jaren Mangham
Arkansas has made the list of nine schools for 4-star 2019 athlete Jaren Mangham. The Hogs are joined by Colorado, Kansas, Michigan State, Oregon, TCU, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M. He has reported receiving offers from 47 FBS programs.
Mangham (6-foot-1, 214 pounds) attends Cass Tech High School in downtown Detroit. However, he spent much of his childhood in the Houston area, which largely explains his interest in Texas schools. The next update from Mangham is expected to be a commitment announcement. There is no set date for that decision at this time.
As a junior last season, Mangham primarily played running back. He is most likely to play that spot, wide receiver or linebacker at the next level.
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