Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a former commit, two new commits and an upcoming camp featuring the top in-state quarterback talent.
QB commit lets TE Luke Ford know Hogs would welcome him back
Arkansas 2018 quarterback commit Connor Noland is hopeful tight end Luke Ford will eventually re-commit to the Razorbacks.
Noland recently reached out to Ford, reassuring him there are no hard feelings regarding his de-commitment earlier this month. Both Noland and Ford are 4-star recruits according to 247Sports composite rankings.
“I let Luke know we still want him to be an Arkansas Razorback,” Noland said. “I wished him luck in whatever he decides to do.”
Noland also reminded Ford the Razorbacks are the only school to have two winners of the Mackey Award (nation’s top tight end).
The 6-foot-7, 250-pound TE from Carterville, Ill., was Arkansas highest-rated commit — rated No. 93 overall in the national class — prior to de-committing June 10. He said at the time the Razorbacks remained in serious consideration, but that he wanted to visit other schools.
Sources have since told SEC Country Ford de-committed only because Arkansas has a policy of not allowing recruits to visit other schools and remain committed. After some discussions with Bret Bielema, the source indicated the coach and Ford agreed it would be best to de-commit.
Ford has since visited Alabama, Georgia and LSU with plans to visit Florida and Ohio State in the future. Following his visit to Alabama, he told SEC Country the Crimson Tide was his new favorite.
Noah Gatlin, Isaiah Nichols planned dual commitment
According to Nichols, tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. and Bielema suggested they commit about an hour apart to generate some hype for the 2018 class. The initial plan was for Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) tackle Luke Jones to do the same. However, Jones wasn’t ready to get on board just yet. Gatlin and Nichols were all for it. All three players were offered by Bielema on June 18 following the Trench Hogs camp for linemen.
The coaching staff was glad to get two of the three now, with hopes to bring Jones in later.
“They were happy when I [committed],” Nichols said. “I don’t know that they were expecting it exactly, but I think they knew how much I cared and how much I wanted to be a Hog. They said they were really happy and pumped about it. I was stoked. I’m really pumped to see how it works out.”
Clint Stoerner QB showcase features a commit and target
Former Arkansas quarterback Clint Stoerner is putting on a showcase of the top 2018 quarterbacks from the Natural State. The Elite Arkansas camp is set to be held July 26-28 in Little Rock.
Noland and fellow 4-star Gerry Bohanon Jr. are expected to be among the quarterbacks attending. Bohanon, from Earle, is one of the Razorbacks’ top remaining targets in the class. He lists Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Louisville, Mississippi State and Ole Miss as his top choices.
Here’s a list of some of the top confirmed 2018 attendees:
- Connor Noland, Greenwood, 4-star (Arkansas commit)
- Gerry Bohanon, Earle, 4-star (Top schools: Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss)
- AJ Aycock, Jonesboro (Offers: Southeast Missouri)
- Layne Hatcher, Pulaski Academy (Offers: Ouachita Baptist)
- Caleb Salisbury, Van Buren (Offers: Arkansas-Monticello)
- Mason Schucker, Searcy
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