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Recruiting Question of the Day: Thursday, May 10, 2018
The coaching staff has been on a lot of defensive linemen lately. Who do you think the Hogs will sign? — Adam via direct message
This isn’t exactly how Adam asked the question. He simply suggested I do a story on Arkansas’ 2019 defensive line class like I recently did with the offensive line.
I think the Hogs could sign as many as five defensive linemen in the class. I see three defensive ends and two interior defensive linemen being the preferable number if everything works out.
So, who will those players be? Well, below are five 2019 defensive line recruits I’d currently predict signing with Arkansas. I listed them in order of my confidence level that the Hogs will get them.
- DE Zach Williams, 3 stars, Joe T. Robinson (Little Rock, Ark.): Zach Williams is turning into a big-time prospect. He has offers from Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, TCU, Texas and several other Power 5 schools. He’s also receiving strong interest from Auburn and Oklahoma. I think he’s the Hogs’ to lose, though. I believe his father, Rickey, having played at Arkansas, and three former Joe T. Robinson players already being on the roster will be too much for another program to overcome. Williams visited Fayetteville last weekend, a trip that further helped him build on his growing relationship with the coaching staff.
- DT Marcus Miller, 3 stars, Warren (Ark.): Marcus Miller is a relatively unknown prospect. It wasn’t until Arkansas offered him in February that he really became a known recruit. He’s added offers from Missouri and Tennessee. I know for certain Arkansas’ staff loves Miller. The Hogs were giddy over the fact they were the first to identify him as an SEC talent. Miller and Warren wide receiver Treylon Burks are very close friends. They’re hopeful to end up at the same school. I currently have Burks projected to Arkansas, so I must say the same for Miller.
- DE Collin Clay, 3 stars, Putnam City (Oklahoma City): No program has done a better job recruiting Collin Clay than Arkansas. It helps that he’s not the typical Oklahoma recruit. He has no strong ties to the Sooners, who haven’t yet offered, or Cowboys since he isn’t originally from the state. In fact, the only school holding any home-state advantage for him is North Carolina. He grew up in Charlotte as a fan of the Tar Heels. They stand as Arkansas’ top competition but have some catching up to do to beat the Hogs out for his commitment. I think Arkansas’ strong push for him will result in a commitment.
- DE Mataio Soli, 3 stars, Douglas County (Douglasville, Ga.): As a recruit, Mataio Soli has a lot in common with Williams. Soli and Williams both are listed at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. And like Williams, Soli’s father also played at Arkansas. Additionally, they could be a formidable pair of exceptional athletes on the Hogs’ defensive line in the future. Soli took a visit to Arkansas in early April with his family. A source close to his recruitment said that trip firmly made the Hogs one of his top contenders. Then, even after following that trip with visits to Clemson and Ole Miss, Soli was quick to schedule an official visit to Arkansas for June. Everything is trending toward him ending up with the Razorbacks.
- DT Carl Williams, 3 stars, Lufkin (Texas): Carl Williams plans to officially visit Arkansas in June. It’ll be his first trip to campus, but the lack of seeing Fayetteville hasn’t stopped him from gaining a high interest in the Hogs. That’s largely because Arkansas’ staff has been recruiting him for quite a while. Morris’ staff was his second offer a year ago. I can see his visit to Arkansas putting the Razorbacks in an outstanding spot to gain his commitment. The greatest key may be whether or not Texas or Texas A&M extend an offer. Both of those schools likely would be very tough competition for the Hogs. But to this point, neither has come through with an offer.
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