SEC Country reporter Trent Shadid will answer your Arkansas Razorbacks football recruiting questions each weekday in our recruiting question of the day mailbag. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to @SECCountryHogs, @Shadid13 or by email to Trent at Shadid13@gmail.com.
Recruiting question of the Day: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Is Morris&Co capable of landing a 5* this recruiting class or do you think it will take at least another year before they get that kind of recruiting momentum?
— Trey McBride (@TreyMcBride) March 12, 2018
It’s possible, but some things will have to change. What I believe would have to happen is either 4-star tight end Hudson Henry or 4-star wide receiver Treylon Burks — the top two 2019 in-state recruits — gets bumped up to a 5 star.
According to the 247Sports composite, Henry is the No. 43 overall recruit in the class and Burks is No. 47. Roughly the top 30 recruits in each class will end up being a 5 star by the end of their recruiting cycle, so both are in the neighborhood. A strong senior season or impressive camp performance could give either a bump in rating.
Of course, Arkansas still has to secure a commitment from them.
The Hogs’ chances are with Burks at the moment. In fact, the coaching change probably helped strengthen their chances. What wide receiver wouldn’t want to play in Chad Morris’ system?
Also, tight ends coach and primary in-state recruit Barry Lunney Jr. was retained. He and Burks already had somewhat of a relationship, so things aren’t entirely new in his recruitment. It also seems clear no school has recruited him harder in recent months.
With Henry, it’s really hard to envision him anywhere but Arkansas. His dad was a captain for the Hogs, his oldest brother won the Mackey Award while playing in Fayetteville and the middle Henry brother is currently a sophomore outside linebacker for the Razorbacks. He’s definitely exploring all his options, as his brothers did before him. But they eventually came around to continuing the family legacy. It’s certainly possible Hudson just decides to do his own thing, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
Additionally, this new staff is going to utilize tight ends a lot this upcoming season. It won’t be the two- and three-tight sets we saw so often under Bret Bielema, but they’ll definitely be catching a bunch of passes. That should really help Arkansas’ chances with the youngest Henry.
So, the first key to signing a 5-star recruit is securing a commitment from Burks or Henry. The next step will be seeing if they get a bump in rating. But even if they don’t, these two are 5-star quality. Their offer lists and film don’t lie.
I don’t see any of the other top potential signees reaching 5-star status in this class. There are several high-end 4-star prospects Arkansas is getting strong consideration from, though. So, there’s little doubt this could turn out to be one of the Hogs’ best classes in recent memory. I think some on-field success next fall is what will really go a long way in helping boost the group.