Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss Georgia recruiting, official offers and an upcoming commitment announcement.
D-line coach John Scott Jr. sees ‘something special’ in Arkansas
At every stop in his career, from Texas Tech to Georgia Southern, Arkansas defensive line coach John Scott Jr. has focused on recruiting the state of Georgia.
He’s made strong and lasting relationships within the Peach State. And that’s what he believes is helping him tremendously in his Georgia efforts with the Razorbacks.
“A lot of those coaches that coach in that state, they don’t leave. They just move from place to place,” Scott Jr. told reporters Tuesday. “I think having a familiar face with a lot of those guys as they move around and just developing those relationships, that stuff helps.”
Having a relationship with coaches is one thing. But getting Georgia recruits to visit and commit is a whole different kind of challenge. Scott Jr. has proven he can be successful in both those areas.
Last week, the Hogs landed their first commitment from the state (DE John Mincey) since Scott Jr. arrived in February. Scott Jr. has also been instrumental in convincing a handful of Georgia prospects, Mincey included, to visit in the last few months. Once the recruits get on campus, Scott Jr. believes his work is easy as the program and university speak for themselves.
“I think what people are finding out [from Georgia] is when you come out here and you look at Arkansas, we have everything that you want,” Scott said. “We have facilities, we got the academics, we got it all. So, I think when recruits come out and see that, they’re saying, ‘Oh, yeah. I can get everything I want at Arkansas.’ It just blows them away.
“There’s something about this place that’s special. It has a very personal touch. I think when recruits and their families come out here and they see that, they feel that’s it’s genuine and it’s just not about football. It’s about life here. I think the recruits feel that and I think that’s helped us a lot.”
Arkansas sends out ‘official’ offers
As the calendar turned to August, Tuesday was the first day programs could sent out official offer letters to recruits in the 2018 class. For most, it doesn’t really mean much. Most of the offers are already known to have been extended well beforehand.
One thing it does do, however, is give a glimpse into which players are high priorities. This is especially true with the Hogs’ 2018 class as they currently only have three scholarship spots left to fill.
Seven Arkansas targets received an official offer letter, posted it to Twitter and got a retweet from the Razorbacks’ official recruiting account. To me, that clearly shows priority on those players — even though some were a bit of a surprise. Here is a little bit about each of the seven:
- Joseph Foucha, 3-star S, McDonogh 35 (New Orleans): It’s interesting to see the Hogs still pushing for more defensive backs. They already have two cornerbacks and a projected safety committed in the class. It’s likely Foucha is talented enough they’d take him even if spots are filled and find a way to make it work. He’s told SEC Country in the past he really likes the Razorbacks. For whatever it’s worth, Foucha only tweeted out offers letters from Arkansas, Alabama and LSU. He definitely received several more.
- Rosendo Louis Jr., 3-star LB, Deerfield Beach (Fla.): Arkansas clearly wants to get another linebacker in this class and Louis quietly remains a possibility. He hasn’t visited campus to this point, but he had the Razorbacks among his top four choices as of last month according to SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan. Florida State, Miami and South Carolina are also believed to be in serious contention.
- Jerome Carvin, 3-star OT, Cordova (Tenn.): Carvin’s elite offer list makes him a long shot for the Hogs. But there definitely still appears to be a chance. Arkansas wants one more offensive lineman in this class and he would be the perfect fit. He visited Fayetteville last fall. An additional trip in the next few months would be a strong indication the Hogs have a serious chance.
- Cameron Wire, 3-star OT, East Ascension (Gonzales, La.): Wire is a Louisiana prospect committed to LSU. That usually means other schools can basically consider him signed. Arkansas hasn’t done that. The Razorbacks have continued their push for Wire, a prospect they began seriously pursuing long before LSU did the same.
- Daniel Carson, 3-star DE, William Chrisman (Independence, Mo.): Arkansas is among the top 11 choices for Carson, who visited Fayetteville for the Hogs’ win against Florida last season. With three commits, the Razorbacks are out of available spots on the defensive line for this class. However, it seems clear Carson would be an exception.
- Nicholas Fulwider, 3-star DE, Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.): Fulwider is another defensive lineman the Hogs seem to be willing to accept a commitment from despite having no available spots in the class. He visited Arkansas in June and has placed the Razorbacks among his top choices since.
- Maureese Wren, 3-star OLB, Horn (Mesquite, Texas): No surprise the Hogs sent one out to Wren. More on him in the next note.
Arkansas obviously also sent one to each of its 11 commits in the class. Below is what these offers looked like as posted to Twitter by offensive line commit Noah Gatlin.
— Noah Gatlin (@NoahGatlin73) August 1, 2017
Reminder: Maureese Wren announcing commitment Wednesday
Wren plans to announce his commitment decision Wednesday.
The 3-star recruit has the Razorbacks among his final six choices, along with Baylor, Colorado, SMU, Texas Teach and Washington. He visited Arkansas last week and Colorado earlier this week.
Stick with SEC Country for the latest on his decision.
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