Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss how many commits could result from the visitors last weekend.
Defensive lineman Trevis Hopper (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) is on board as the Razorbacks’ first pledge in the 2019 class under coach Chad Morris. From Memphis, Tenn., Hopper also reportedly had offers from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
Hopper is a great start for Morris’ staff as it builds its first class at Arkansas. But will he be the only recruiting victory from last weekend? Only time will tell, but in the meantime we can definitely speculate.
None of the recent visitors should be viewed as long shots at this time. If a recruit is visiting campus unofficially in February for non-camp reasons, he is serious about looking into the program.
So, SEC Country has decided to break down the list of top targets who visited by those who are most likely to commit and those who should be placed under the wait-and-see category.
These recruits are the visitors from last weekend who are viewed as the most likely to eventually commit to the Hogs.
- DB Malik Chavis, 3 stars, Rison (Ark.): Chavis picked up an offer from Arkansas during his visit to campus. The Hogs are the first major program to offer him and appear to be clearly in the lead for his commitment.
- WR T.Q. Jackson, 3 stars, Jefferson (Texas): Jackson could be the first major East Texas recruiting success for the new coaching staff. He’s very close to the coaching staff, many of whom also recruited him to SMU. He’ll be back for an official visit down the road. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him commit at that time.
- DE Zach Williams, 3 stars, Joe T. Robinson (Little Rock, Ark.): Williams has made two trips to Fayetteville within the past month. All signs currently point to him ending up at Arkansas, where his father played linebacker.
- OL Stacey Wilkins, 4 stars, Camden (Ark.) Fairview: Oklahoma is definitely an intriguing option for Wilkins, who still wants to take some other visits before making any decisions. But when it comes down to it, he seems most likely to stay in state.
Wait and see
With this group of visitors, it’s going to take some more time to feel one way or another about Arkansas’ chances.
- DL Joseph Anderson, 4 stars, Siegel (Murfreesboro, Tenn.): Anderson was one of the highest-rated visitors from the weekend and is high on Arkansas. But with an offer list that includes Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame and several other top programs, the Hogs have a tall task trying to win his commitment.
- DE Collin Clay, 3 stars, Putnam City (Oklahoma City): Arkansas is in great shape with Clay. In fact, there could be a case made that he should be listed under likely commits. However, Oklahoma is expected to offer in the future. With the Sooners roughly 30 miles from his home, it’ll be a real challenge to stay at the top of his list if that offer comes.
- DB Ty DeArman, 3 stars, Bowie (Arlington, Texas): Interest in DeArman from several Power 5 schools across the country is growing. Arkansas was wise to become one of his first major offers and bring him on campus. A return visit will be the key to Arkansas’ chances at closing the deal.
- LB Jackson Hannah, 4 stars, Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.): Jackson is one of the top targets for Arkansas defensive coordinator John Chavis. His trip to Fayetteville was a major success in Chavis’ efforts to win his pledge. But the Hogs have only recently become one of his top schools, so it’ll take more time to see if they can build a strong enough relationship to get him.
- TE Hudson Henry, 4 stars, Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.): Henry’s family legacy makes it hard to envision him going anywhere other than Arkansas. Still, he’s surveying his many options and it’s still possible he’ll want to do his own thing. His visit to campus certainly didn’t hurt Arkansas’ chances, though.
- WR Jadon Jackson, 3 stars, Bentonville (Ark.) West: Jackson met the new coaching staff for the first time when he was on campus Sunday. It was a major step toward potentially securing one of the top in-state targets, but he’s not going to rush a decision.
- DT Enoch Jackson Jr., 3 stars, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy: Arkansas being the first Power 5 school to offer Jackson is helping its chances. He plans to make a return trip to campus, which is obviously a good sign for the Hogs. If that trip happens, Arkansas should be viewed as a very serious contender.
- WR Trey Knox, 4 stars, Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.): At 6-foot-5, Knox is an ideal receiver in Morris’ offense. The coaching staff is selling that to him while also building a strong relationship. He’ll visit his other top options in the coming weeks, including a trip to Tennessee this weekend.
- RB Marcus Major, 3 stars, Millwood (Oklahoma City): The big-time offers are just beginning to roll in for Major. Arkansas was wise to identify him as a top talent early and is in a great spot with him now. The test will be if the Hogs can remain a top consideration as his options continue to grow.
- OL Joseph Stone, Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.): Arkansas offered Stone while he was on campus last weekend and is currently his top choice. But now that the Hogs have offered, other major programs closer to home may start looking at doing the same. If that happens, the Razorbacks could be challenged to earn his commitment.
- WR Lance Wilhoite, 4 stars, Franklin (Nashville, Tenn.): Wilhoite has a very long list of major offers as the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 class from Tennessee. He visited Arkansas and Ole Miss last weekend but came away with far more positive things to say about the Hogs. He expects to be back in Fayetteville soon. If that trip happens, the Hogs could have a serious shot at landing what would likely be their top commit in the class.
- WR Dylan Wright, 4 stars, West Mesquite (Texas) Mesquite: Wright is a very high priority who expects to be back on campus in the future. Arkansas is among his top choices right now, but the Hogs will have plenty of competition going forward for the 6-5 receiver.
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