Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a group of weekend visitors and a former recruiting staff member heading elsewhere in the SEC.
4-star DB R.J. Mickens and teammates visit Arkansas
Arkansas had a handful of recruits visit campus this weekend. None of them was more impressive than 2020 defensive back R.J. Mickens from Southlake (Texas) Carroll High School.
Mickens (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) is a 4-star prospect according to 247Sports. He’s the No. 55 overall recruit and No. 4 cornerback in his class. He’s held an offer from Arkansas since April 4 with Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma also among his many options.
As a junior last season, Mickens had 99 tackles and 2 interceptions in 14 games. He also caught 9 touchdowns as a wide receiver.
His weekend trip to Fayetteville was an enjoyable one, as the Hogs push to be considered among his top options. He even had a chance to (jokingly) lock down coach Chad Morris.
Mickens was joined by Southlake Carroll teammates Preston Forney and Andrej Karic on the trip. Forney (6-2, 200) is a 2020 tight end who caught 4 touchdowns last season. Karic (6-5, 240) is a 2020 tackle with offers from Baylor and Oregon.
Arkansas also hosted 2019 offensive line target Triston Miller for an official visit over the weekend. Miller (6-6, 275) is a 3-star recruit from Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day High School. His trip to Fayetteville went a long way toward helping solidify the Razorbacks as one of his favorites. He also has Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee among his top choices.
WR target Treylon Burks doesn’t make trip to Arkansas
Arkansas was expected to host 2019 wide receiver Treylon Burks on Saturday. However, his trip had to be cancelled with the expectation of coming to Fayetteville at a later date. Whenever he makes the trip, it’ll be his first visit to campus since coach Chad Morris was hired in December.
Burks (6-3, 215) is a major priority for Arkansas as the No. 2 in-state recruit in the 2019 class. From Warren, he’s a 4-star recruit and the No. 48 overall prospect in the class. Wide receivers coach Justin Stepp and offensive coordinator Joe Craddock were in Warren earlier this week to check in on Burks.
His Warren teammate — 2019 3-star defensive tackle Marcus Miller — was expected to visit with Burks. He also has an offer from the Razorbacks. It’s very likely the two still visit Fayetteville together soon.
Former Arkansas recruiting coordinator E.K. Franks heading to Kentucky
Former Arkansas recruiting coordinator E.K. Franks landed at Florida as a director of player personnel in January after Bret Bielema was fired and Franks was not retained as part of the new staff. Now, Franks is on the move again.
A spokeswoman at Kentucky confirmed Wednesday the Wildcats had hired Franks as their recruiting coordinator. Former Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith is also now on the staff at Kentucky.
It’ll be interesting to see if this results in the Wildcats pursuing some of Arkansas’ top 2019 in-state targets. That seemingly was the case during Franks’ time at Florida. The Gators offered three of the Hogs’ best in-state recruits — TE Hudson Henry, OL Stacey Wilkins and defensive end Zach Williams — in Franks’ brief stint with the program. Florida had only offered three recruits from Arkansas in the previous four classes combined.
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