Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a running back visiting, a top offensive line target committing elsewhere and an offer to an SEC legacy.
A’Montae Spivey arrives for extended Arkansas visit
Arkansas running back target A’Montae Spivey arrived in Fayetteville on Wednesday for an unofficial visit with the Razorbacks. He and his mother will be visiting until Saturday.
Spivey (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) is a 3-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite. He attends Central High School in Phenix City, Ala. He rushed for 944 yards on 74 carries with 14 touchdowns as a junior last season.
The Razorbacks view Spivey as a high priority at running back in the 2019 class. Arkansas is one of 12 FBS schools to have offered Spivey. The Hogs were his first SEC offer (March 2) with Missouri becoming his second in April.
Running backs coach Jeff Traylor made a trip to Central High School during the recruiting evaluation period last month to checking in on Spivey at a spring practice. Traylor and Spivey have maintained a close relationship throughout the past couple of months.
OL target Jack Buford picks Mizzou
The 2019 offensive line recruiting class is an important one for Arkansas as the Hogs look to rebuild the unit. It looks like one less primary target is a possibility to be among that rebuild as Jack Buford committed to Missouri on Wednesday.
Buford (6-5, 320) is a 4-star recruit from Lutheran North (St. Louis). He officially visited Arkansas in early May. His decision was seemingly made last weekend when he officially visited Mizzou. The Tigers also beat out Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma and several other Power 5 programs for Buford’s pledge.
“This decision was not easy,” Buford said at his announcement, according to Sean Williams of PowerMizzou.com. “I would like to thank all 32 schools who offered me a chance to be part of their universities, but I can only go to one school. I would like to announce that I am 110 percent committed to the University of Missouri.”
Arkansas offers SEC legacy Jabari Small
If there’s one thing that’s in the blood of 2020 athlete Jabari Small, it’s SEC football. The Briarcrest Christian (Memphis, Tenn.) prospect is the son of Eddie Small, a former Ole Miss wide receiver. He is also the nephew of former Georgia wide receiver Tony Small and former Florida wide receiver O.J. Small.
Arkansas is hoping the tradition of Smalls in the SEC continues with Jabari coming to Fayetteville. The Razorbacks became his first SEC offer Sunday following his performance as a running back and cornerback at an Arkansas prospect camp. He is not yet being recruited at any particular position by the Hogs. They just wanted to extend the offer and sort the rest out later.
Small (5-10, 180) is close friends and teammates with 2020 offensive lineman Omari Thomas, who is a 4-star prospect. Thomas also attended camp at Arkansas and received an offer from the Hogs on Sunday.
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