Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss an upcoming visitor, the pursuit of another defensive back, a new tight end target and more.
OLB target Maureese Wren to visit Arkansas
Arkansas 2018 outside linebacker target Maureese Wren said Sunday that he will visit Fayetteville at some point in July. His visit cannot come until after the current recruiting dead period. Recruits can visit campuses during the next open window from July 10 through the end of the month.
Wren (6-foot-4, 216 pounds) is a 3-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He’s listed as an athlete recruit capable of playing outside linebacker or wide receiver. The Razorbacks view him as an outside linebacker. Last season at Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas, Wren primarily played receiver.
Wren is friends with Arkansas cornerback commit Tanner McCalister, who attends Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas. McCalister is one of three Razorbacks commits from the Dallas area, the same region where Wren lives.
Arkansas offered Wren on June 19. The Hogs are joined by Baylor, Colorado, Missouri, Utah, Washington and 14 other FBS programs on his list of offers. He expects to announce his verbal commitment on Sept. 27, his birthday. His older brother, Erick, is the starting center at Oklahoma and is on the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy.
Arkansas not done at defensive back
Arkansas has commitments from three recruits in the 2018 class who are expected to play defensive back. Sources told SEC Country that might be all the Hogs elect to take. That, apparently, is not the case.
McDonogh 35 High School (New Orleans) safety Joseph Foucha remains on the radar. Foucha (5-foot-11, 194 pounds) is a 3-star prospect. He posted a picture to Twitter on Monday showing him in an Arkansas uniform, an edit made by the Hogs recruiting department.
Foucha told SEC Country in May the Razorbacks had been recruiting him “very hard.” However, two other defensive backs have committed since then — McCalister at cornerback and Sean Michael Flanagan as a projected safety. It seemed possible that the Hogs might be done at the position group, especially considering they signed six projected defensive backs in the 2017 class.
It’s now clear they are not finished. Foucha and Ashdown (Ark.) cornerback LaDarrius Bishop are two other possible targets. There’s also some flexibility with Flanagan’s position as he’s a capable wide receiver and isn’t locked into playing safety.
— JSF7️⃣ (@joe_foucha) July 3, 2017
Top Louisiana TE Glenn Beal has Arkansas in top 6
Arkansas lost the commitment of 4-star tight end Luke Ford last month. The Carterville, Ill., native is one of the top prospects in the class and says he’s still considering the Hogs. But Arkansas isn’t waiting around to potentially lock in another 2018 recruit at the position.
The Hogs have revamped their efforts with John Curtis (New Orleans) 3-star tight end Glenn Beal in recent weeks. Beal (6-5, 250) released a list of his top six schools Sunday night with Arkansas making the cut. The Hogs are joined by Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Oregon and UCLA.
SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman has stated he believes Beal to be LSU’s top target at the position. The Tigers are widely considered the favorite as he is the top tight end prospect in Louisiana.
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