Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the Hogs’ top quarterback recruit and an offensive line commit recruiting another to join him.
Arkansas’ QB commitment could be coming soon
Arkansas is still working to get a quarterback committed in its 2019 class. That issue may be resolved very soon, though.
The Razorbacks have had North Panola (Sardis, Miss.) recruit K.J. Jefferson at the top of their quarterback priority list for several months. He’s a 3-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite.
North Panola began spring practices in late April and is set to finish with its spring game Saturday. It’s expected Jefferson may put an end to his recruiting process once his spring practices come to a close. If not then, a decision almost certainly will be coming within the next couple of months. It’s not expected Jefferson will enter his senior season in August as an uncommitted prospect.
Regardless of when he commits, the Razorbacks are without question the favorite to land his pledge. He’s visited Fayetteville twice in the last few months and has built a very close relationship with the staff.
Jefferson (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) is exactly what coach Chad Morris and offensive coordinator Joe Craddock want in a quarterback. He has dual-threat ability and all the tools to become a special player in the Hogs’ system. As a junior, he passed for 3,028 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,395 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Arkansas is joined on his list of offers by Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and several other Power 5 schools. His two in-state SEC programs seem to be the biggest threats to Arkansas’ chances at nabbing its top quarterback target. However, both Mississippi State and Ole Miss already have a quarterback committed in the 2019 class. That has helped to clear his path to Fayetteville, which could include a verbal commitment behind it soon.
OL Joseph Stone firm in his commitment to Arkansas
Arkansas apparently doesn’t have to worry about potentially losing the commitment of 2019 offensive lineman Joseph Stone of Trussville, Ala. He recently told 247Sports that his pledge to the Razorbacks is solid, and he’s thrilled to have wrapped up his college decision.
“It’s just amazing knowing I really don’t have to focus on where I want to go anymore,” Stone said. “I get to focus on this football season and school, finishing that up.”
Stone (6-foot-8, 350 pounds) has continued to receive interest from a few programs despite committing to Arkansas in April. His response to all suitors is, essentially, “Thanks, but no thanks.”
He’s also helping the Hogs recruit others. Stone and Tyler, Texas, prospect Beaux Limmer are the Hogs’ two current offensive line commits in the 2019 class. Arkansas is likely to add at least three other commitments on the offensive front. If Stone has his way, Wellington (Texas) High School recruit Trevor Roberson will be among the coming offensive line additions.
“I’m going to try to recruit guys,” Stone said. “[I’m] trying to get Trevor Roberson, from west Texas.”
Stone and Roberson officially visited Arkansas the same weekend in April. The Hogs are expected to host Roberson again. If that second trip happens, there’s little doubt Stone will be pushing Roberson to join him on the commitment list during that time.
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