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Arkansas offers pair of Texas WRs
Arkansas continues showing heavy interest recruiting Texas for its 2018 class. The Hogs recently offered a pair of wide receivers from the Lone Star State — 4-star Al’vonte Woodard and 3-star Miles Battle.
Woodard (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) is the No. 85 overall prospect and No. 12 wide receiver in the class. He had 42 receptions for 909 yards and 15 touchdowns last season at Lamar High School in Houston. Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M are also among his 16 reported offers.
Battle (6-4, 185), also from Houston, attends Cypress Creek High School. He is the No. 52 wide receiver and No. 331 overall recruit. He had 74 receptions, 14 of which went for touchdowns, and 1,049 yards as a junior. Vanderbilt is the only other SEC program that has offered with LSU and Texas A&M also showing interest.
The Razorbacks have now offered nine prospects in the class from Texas, second-most of any state. Florida tops that list with 11 recruits holding Arkansas offers. Louisiana also has nine. Four of the Texas offers are to wide receivers.
Here are three other Texas prospects that have had consistent mutual interest with Arkansas:
- Alston Orji, 4-star LB, Rockwall High School: He’s been identified as one of the Hogs’ top targets in the class, and visited Fayetteville during the 2016 season. Arkansas is the only program to have offered both he and his younger brother Anfernee, a 2019 linebacker.
- B.J. Hanspard, 3-star ATH, DeSoto High School: Hanspard also took an unofficial visit to Arkansas for a home game earlier this season. He had 40 tackles and 3 interceptions on an ultra-talented DeSoto team during his junior season.
- Trace Oldner, 3-star OL, Foster High School (Richmond, Texas): Razorbacks offensive line coach Kurt Anderson first began showing serious interest in Oldner last summer. Though he’s yet to receive an offer, one is expected to come at some point. The Houston-area prospect has family connections to Arkansas.
Brown shows love for the Hogs
In this day and age in recruiting, something as simple as an emoji can put coaches and fans at ease. That’s exactly the case, at least for now, with a recent Twitter post from Arkansas 2017 safety commit Montaric Brown.
The Hogs’ top in-state commit republished a photo of him tweeted by the Army All-American Bowl account and added a hog emoji. This coming amid recent reports Brown, a 4-star prospect from Ashdown High School, was possibly beginning to look elsewhere. At the very least, the tweet shows he’s likely still set on signing with the Razorbacks.
Sources told SEC Country last week Brown was undecided if he’d take visits to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State later this month. He has an official visit scheduled at Arkansas next weekend. He had 3 tackles in the Army Bowl last Saturday.
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All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.