Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the list of official visitors to Fayetteville this weekend.
Arkansas hosting several key targets this weekend
Arkansas is expected to have at least nine official visitors on campus this weekend. Seven of those are unsigned prospects the Hogs would love to add as they look to finish the 2018 class strong. Two signed in December during the early signing period.
Here’s the full list of the players expected to visit and where things stand in their recruitment:
- DE Courtre Alexander, 3 stars, Owasso (Okla.): As of now, the Hogs are in good shape to land Courtre Alexander’s commitment. That could come as early as this weekend, following his visit.
- RB Rakeem Boyd, 3 stars, Independence (Kan.) C.C.: Rakeem Boyd is one of the top targets at running back, a position that has become a priority in this class under the new coaching staff. He received a visit from running backs coach Jeff Traylor on Tuesday, a meeting that apparently went very well. He also should be on commitment watch this weekend.
- S Aaron Brule, 3 stars, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.): Aaron Brule could play either safety or outside linebacker at the next level. The Hogs likely would feature him at safety, at least initially. He was visited by the coaching staff this week. The Hogs are a legitimate contender to sign him, as are Oklahoma State and TCU.
- S Joseph Foucha, 3 stars, McDonogh 35 (New Orleans): Foucha was initially set to officially visit Auburn this weekend, but is now planning to be at Arkansas on Friday for a three-day trip. Winter storms throughout Mississippi and Alabama were working in the Hogs’ favor here as that’s what is preventing him from heading to Auburn. The Tigers are still the favorite to sign him, but Arkansas definitely has a slight chance of changing that now that he’s coming to campus.
- WR Treveon Johnson, 3 stars, Brenham (Texas): Though he’s been committed to Oklahoma since last summer, Treveon Johnson did not sign during the early signing period last month. That’s a clear indication there is likely some unrest between him and the Sooners. Arkansas’ staff made it a point to visit him early in the current contact period to show their interest is very high if he’s looking at changing his pledge. His relationship with wide receivers coach Justin Stepp is strong, so the Hogs are a legitimate contender.
- LB Andrew Parker, 3 stars, Wright (New Orleans): Arkansas is considered the favorite to sign Andrew Parker. He’s been under-recruited and mostly unknown in recruiting circles until recently. That happens with at least a few quality players from the New Orleans area in each class, and Parker certainly looks like a quality player on film. He could be a major steal if Arkansas can secure his commitment.
- DE Tyree Wilson, 3 stars, West Rusk (New London, Texas): Committed to Texas A&M since June, Tyree Wilson already has a relationship with defensive coordinator John Chavis. Getting him on campus is a strong indication the Hogs have a serious chance to flip his commitment.
- QB Connor Noland, 4 stars, Greenwood (Ark.): After being committed to Arkansas for 17 months, Connor Noland officially signed with the Hogs in December.
- OL Silas Robinson, 3 stars, Yoakum (Texas): Silas Robinson was committed to Chad Morris’ staff at SMU. Once the staff moved to Arkansas, Robinson received an offer that he quickly accepted. He also signed last month.
QB signee Connor Noland wins Landers Award
Arkansas quarterback signee Connor Noland recently was presented the Landers Award, given annually to the top high school player from Arkansas.
Noland threw for 2,801 yards and 34 touchdowns with just 6 interceptions as a senior at Greenwood last season. He also led the Bulldogs to a Class 6A state title.
The last Arkansas signee to win the award was reserve quarterback Ty Storey for his play as a senior in 2014 at Charleston.
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