Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a commit up for a national award, a recruit on commitment watch and some interesting basketball news.
Arkansas commit Bumper Pool on Butkus watch list
Arkansas 2018 linebacker commit Bumper Pool is one of 51 high school players on the watch list for the Butkus Award. The award is given annually to the top high school linebacker in the country.
Pool (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) is a 4-star recruit according to 247Sports composite rankings. From Lovejoy High School in Lucas, Texas, he committed to the Razorbacks last November and is one of nine commits in Arkansas’ class. He’s on track to graduate early and join the program for the 2018 spring semester.
The watch list for the Butkus Award was released Monday and features linebackers from 50 schools in 23 different states. A panel of 51 coaches, talent evaluators and journalists combined to produce the preseason list. It is not mandatory for a player to be on the watch list to win the award. The winner is set to be announced Dec. 5, preceding announcements for semifinalists (Oct. 30) and finalists (Nov. 20).
Dylan Moses from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), who is now at Alabama, won the award last season.
Put OL target Luke Jones on commitment watch
Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) 2018 offensive lineman Luke Jones is set to visit Arkansas on Wednesday. That could very well be the trip that seals the deal on his commitment.
Jones (6-6, 290) was offered by the Razorbacks on June 18 after the coaching staff took a good look at him during the Trench Hogs camp in Fayetteville. The staff pushed to have his commitment locked in shortly after along with fellow in-state recruits Noah Gatlin (OL) and Isaiah Nichols (DL). Jones decided to hold off for the time being, while Gatlin and Nichols secured their spots in the class with pledges.
That doesn’t mean the Hogs aren’t the favorite to land Jones. He grew up cheering for the Razorbacks and his older brother attends the school. He has also shown interest in Arizona State, Iowa State, Missouri and Virginia.
If his commitment isn’t secured later this week, expect him to announce one way or another within the next month.
Former hoops commit Reggie Perry pledges to Mississippi State
This notebook is often reserved for football recruiting news, but the ongoing saga of 2018 5-star basketball target Reggie Perry is tough to ignore.
Perry is a 6-foot-9 forward from Thomasville, Ga., who plays for the 16-under Arkansas Hawks AAU team. He originally committed to Arkansas last August. He de-committed from the Razorbacks on July 5, citing his father’s health as a major reason. On Monday, he announced his pledge to Mississippi State. His father, Al, played point guard for the Bulldogs from 1974-78.
Arkansas’ 2018 class remains strong with Natural State natives Ethan Henderson, a forward, and guards Isaiah Joe and Desi Sills still firmly committed. All three are teammates of Perry’s with the Arkansas Hawks.
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