Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the top 2019 quarterback target, a possible Samoan tandem and more SEC offers for in-state recruits.
Competition thinning in Arkansas’ pursuit of 2019 QB K.J. Jefferson
Arkansas clearly has K.J. Jefferson at the top of its 2019 quarterback wish list. The Hogs aren’t expected to sign more than one quarterback in the class, so the spot is his if he wants it. The possibility that happens appears to be increasing considerably.
Jefferson (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) attends North Panola High School in Sardis, Miss. — roughly a five-hour, 30-minute drive from the Hogs’ campus. He made that trip last week, his second visit to Fayetteville within the past month.
Two visits in a short amount of time is great news for Arkansas’ chances. But the news of what is happening elsewhere regarding 2019 quarterbacks may be equally helpful to the Hogs.
Last Friday, Ole Miss received a commitment from 2019 quarterback Grant Tisdale. The Rebels are expected to take only one quarterback in the class. Though Sardis and Oxford are separated by just 30 miles, it doesn’t look like that player will be Jefferson with Tisdale in the fold.
Mississippi State — another perceived in-state favorite for Jefferson — got a commitment from 2019 quarterback Garrett Shrader last Tuesday. For now, that also eliminates the Bulldogs as a realistic possibility.
There’s still plenty of competition for his commitment. Memphis is expected to receive an official visit from him, and the Tigers are now his best option close to home. He’s also shown strong interest in Missouri, and Auburn very likely would be in contention if it were to offer.
But with Jefferson’s commitment decision expected before his senior season begins, Arkansas is the clear favorite to get its top priority.
As a junior, Jefferson passed for 3,028 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,395 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Is a Stacey Wilkins and Mataio Soli pairing coming?
Could there be a Samoan pairing coming in Arkansas’ 2019 recruiting class? The Hogs hope so, and tackle target Stacey Wilkins is teasing at that possibility.
Wilkins recently posted a photoshopped picture via Twitter of himself and defensive end target Mataio Soli in Arkansas uniforms in front of the American Samoa flag. Both players have Samoan heritage and are among the Razorbacks’ top targets in the class.
Soli is from Douglas County High School in Georgia. He has nearly 30 offers from FBS programs. He visited Arkansas last week.
Soli’s father, Junior, played defensive line at Arkansas from 1992-95. He also has relatives from Sparkman, Ark., on his mother’s side of the family. Sparkman is fewer than 30 miles north of Camden, where Wilkins attends Camden Fairview High School.
Offer list growing for in-state target Jadon Jackson
Arkansas’ SEC competitors have been quite active pursuing the Hogs’ 2019 in-state talent recently. That has resulted in a growing list of impressive offers for Razorbacks athlete target Jadon Jackson from Bentonville West High School.
Jackson received offers from Georgia and Tennessee last week, bringing his offer total to six SEC schools. Programs are recruiting him as a defensive back and wide receiver.
At Bentonville West, he’s primarily been featured as a standout receiver. He caught 62 passes for 1,241 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior.
As reported last week, Georgia and Tennessee also recently offered 2019 in-state defensive end Zach Williams. Each of the top 6 recruits from Arkansas in the class now have offers from at least five SEC schools. That’s a very high number by Natural State standards.
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