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Recruiting question of the day: Monday, April 16, 2018
What do you think is the delay in offering Jacolby Criswell from Morrilton? He’s the number one or two recruit in-state. I understand they haven’t offered any 2020 in-state recruits yet.
— Mike Arndt (@Pigzilla13) April 9, 2018
Arkansas’ 2020 in-state recruiting class isn’t going to be nearly as impressive as the 2019 group. That doesn’t mean there isn’t some top-level talent in the future class, though.
The Razorbacks are likely to prioritize a handful of 2020 in-state recruits once it becomes more apparent who stands out above the rest. One in-state player in that class the Hogs should already be prioritizing is Morrilton quarterback Jacolby Criswell.
Criswell (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) is rated as a 4-star prospect by 247Sports. He projects to one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in his class as the 2020 group begins to receive more attention. Last season, he threw for 1,947 yards and 20 touchdowns with 4 interceptions. He also rushed for 969 yards and 14 more scores. He’s obviously a very versatile quarterback, which is ideal for Chad Morris’ offense.
So, why hasn’t Arkansas offered yet? Well, the easy answer is the Hogs haven’t offered any in-state recruits in the 2020 class. Criswell will almost certainly be the first within the coming months. But at this point, there’s no rush. His offer list includes Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Memphis and South Alabama. Without any big-time programs among his offer list the Hogs aren’t going to feel pressed to offer themselves.
That being said, Arkansas projects to have just one 2020 quarterback scholarship spot available. Though the Hogs have offered others first, that spot still most likely will belong to Criswell. And Arkansas’ chances at landing a commitment are high if the Hogs do offer.
Criswell visited Arkansas on March 3, taking in a spring scrimmage from the sideline. He’s also receiving insight into the program from Arkansas senior linebacker Dre Greenlaw, his half-brother. Greenlaw has even put in recruiting pitch for his younger brother.
So, while that offer from the Hogs may not be there yet, it should be coming for Criswell.
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