Few things in college football can be more unpredictable than recruiting.
That being said, it’s always fun to speculate and the recruiting reporters at SEC Country are among the most qualified people to do that.
Without further ado, here are three bold predictions on Arkansas recruiting from Razorbacks reporter Trent Shadid.
The 2016 signing class isn’t completed
Defensive end Michael Taylor II, a potential late addition to the 2016 recruiting class, is set to visit Fayetteville for three days beginning Wednesday.
The 6-foot-3, 248-pound prospect from Riverside (Calif.) City College would be able to play this fall with three years of eligibility if all goes according to plan for him and his previous classes transfer.
The chances of Taylor picking up an offer from Arkansas during the trip are unknown. But if an offer is extended, Taylor recently told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Richard Davenport there’s a “good chance” he would commit.
With Taylor high on the Razorbacks, and the coaching staff clearly interested in bringing him in as soon as possible, expect Taylor to be the final member of the 2016 class if his academic work is cleared.
Arkansas already has the best player in the state committed for 2017
Joe T. Robinson (Little Rock, Ark.) wide receiver Koilan Jackson is currently the No. 9 overall player in the state.
The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Razorbacks commit is far better than that. He’s playing receiver for the first time in his high school career this season after previously playing quarterback at Parkview (Little Rock).
While he’s yet to put together any game film at receiver, he’s garnered a lot of attention for what he’s done during the spring and summer.
A source told SEC Country that Arkansas coaches were blown away with how good Jackson looks at receiver. The source says a Razorbacks assistant coach stated, “We knew he was good, but man, we didn’t know he was this good.”
Jackson also impressed recently at the Garrett Uekman Foundation’s 7-on-7 tournament in Little Rock. He utilized his exceptional size, above average speed and understanding of coverages to make several big plays.
I’ve seen film or live action of the majority of the top 2017 prospects in Arkansas this summer, and none are better than Jackson.
The first 2018 commit will be a quarterback
The Razorbacks have yet to nail down any commitments for the 2018 class, which is fine at this point, but expect the first commit to be from the quarterback position.
Arkansas has identified its main targets for the class as 4-star prospects Allan Walters and Connor Noland.
Walters, from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, is set to visit Arkansas in early August and has shown some strong interest in the Razorbacks, who extended an offer in late April.
Noland is a two-sport star at Greenwood (Ark.) and has told SEC Country he may play both baseball and football in college. He’s established strong relationship with Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos and the Razorbacks’ baseball coaching staff.
Arkansas has clearly dedicated a lot of its recruiting resources to nailing down a quarterback for the 2018 class before moving on to other priorities. I’d say one of these two, likely Noland, will be the first commit in the class.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.