Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss 2 offensive line prospects, a commit with an impressive bench press and more.
Arkansas still on top for OL Trace Oldner
Last summer, 2018 Foster (Richmond, Texas) offensive lineman Trace Oldner had Arkansas as his top choice. Now, 10 months later, Oldner’s fondness for the Razorbacks has continued to grow.
A 3-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite ratings, Oldner spent last weekend visiting the Hogs’ campus. He told SEC Country the trip went “very well” and Arkansas is still atop his list.
Oldner (6-foot-5, 305 pounds) spent time visiting with offensive line coach Kurt Anderson, defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads and outside linebackers coach Chad Walker on Saturday. Walker, who was hired in February, is Arkansas’ new Houston-area recruiter.
Anderson invited Oldner back to campus for the Razorbacks’ offensive and defensive line camp in June, which he is planning to attend.
Oldner does not have an offer from the Hogs. Indiana is his only FBS offer with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and others also showing interest.
Arkansas is expected to take no more than 3 offensive linemen in what likely will be a small signing class. Oldner is a top candidate to land an offer depending on what happens with other targets.
4-star OL Darrell Simpson puts Arkansas in top 8
Arkansas received positive news over the weekend in regard to its pursuit of 2018 offensive lineman Darrell Simpson. The 4-star recruit from Northwest (Justin, Texas) released a list of his top 8 choices with the Razorbacks making the cut.
Simpson (6-7, 336) also listed LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU and Texas A&M among his top choices. He is the No. 11 offensive tackle and No. 115 overall prospect in the class.
TE commit Luke Ford puts up impressive bench number
Arkansas 2018 tight end commit Luke Ford already has drawn comparisons to former Mackey Award winner Hunter Henry.
Apparently, Ford (6-7, 250) is well on his way to surpassing Henry in one impressive area — the bench press. The 4-star prospect posted a video via Twitter of him lifting 225 pounds 15 times. That’s the weight players lift at the NFL combine and pro days across the country. Henry lifted the same weight 13 times at the combine in 2016 and 21 times at Arkansas’ pro day the same year.
Here’s the video:
— Luke Ford (@lukeredx97) April 15, 2017
Alabama joins mix for Brian Williams
Bishop Dunne (Dallas) 2019 defensive back Brian Williams is becoming one of the most highly-sought recruits in his class.
Williams, who is the younger brother of Arkansas junior running back Rawleigh Williams III, has the Razorbacks high on his list for obvious reasons. Rawleigh is excelling with the Hogs — leading the SEC in regular-season rushing yards last season — and, by all accounts, has loved his time at the school. Brian did not miss a Razorbacks game last season, and has long been a high priority for the coaching staff.
But the competition to land him is getting tougher. Alabama became his latest offer over the weekend. Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Southern Cal and several other Power 5 conference schools also have offered.
The younger Williams is a 4-star recruit, the No. 1 safety and the No. 10 overall prospect in the class. He told SEC Country last fall he is “very close” with his older brother and the 2 talk nearly every day.
WR target Marquez Beason commits to Nebraska
Another 2019 Arkansas target from Bishop Dunne surprisingly announced his pledge elsewhere this past weekend.
Marquez Beason, a 4-star wide receiver who is very close with the Williams family, committed to Nebraska while on a visit to the school. Beason was offered by the Razorbacks earlier this month and has visited in the past.
The Hogs may not be totally out of the picture, however. Though he committed to the Huskers, he did state via Twitter his recruitment would remain open to all schools interested.
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