Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the Hogs’ push to add a running back and dual-threat quarterback in the 2018 class.
Arkansas offers trio of RBs
Arkansas is making a strong push to add a running back to its 2018 recruiting class. The Razorbacks currently have four scholarship players at the position on the roster.
The Hogs had Jeremy Gibson committed under the previous coaching staff. However, he de-committed after Chad Morris was hired in early December and it became apparent he no longer fit into Arkansas’ plans.
Now, Morris staff is zeroing in on signing at least one running back in February after inking none during the early signing period last month. On Sunday alone, three backs reported offers from the Hogs.
Here’s the breakdown of all three:
- Charles Strong, 3-star prospect, Union County (Lake Butler, Fla.): Strong is a power back at 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds with the ability to bench press 400 pounds and squat 630. He rushed for 1,388 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior last season. It was his second consecutive year of rushing for more than 1,000 yards. He de-committed from Florida State on Dec. 13 after being committed for nearly two years. Ole Miss and Texas A&M are his leaders at this point, though he’s indicated a visit to Arkansas is now likely. He was committed to Florida State when Jimbo Fisher, now at Texas A&M, was the Seminoles’ coach.
- Rakeem Boyd, 3-star prospect, Independence (Kan.) C.C.: Boyd left Texas A&M — reportedly because of academic issues — after a redshirt season with the Aggies in 2016. He signed with Texas A&M as a 3-star prospect in the 2016 class from Stratford High School in Houston. After a successful year at Independence, he’s now primed to rejoin a Power 5 school, with Colorado joining Arkansas on his offer list. He’s expected to visit Fayetteville later this month. Boyd rushed for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns at Independence last season. He was named offensive MVP of the Midwest Classic Bowl, which Independence won in December. He rushed for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns on 35 carries in that game.
- Deneric Prince, 3 star, Manvel (Texas): Prince is one of three 2018 recruits from Manvel, a Houston suburb, committed to Texas A&M. But none of them signed during the early period. As a result, Arkansas is still pushing to potentially sway two of them — 4-star wide receiver Jalen Preston and now Prince. Last season for Manvel, Prince was the lead back in a spread offense that featured several playmakers. He rushed for 869 yards and 10 touchdowns — both team highs. He also caught 11 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown. Prince has remained committed to Texas A&M through its coaching change, and Fisher has shown the new staff wants to sign him. For those reasons, College Station remains his most likely destination.
Hogs not done recruiting QBs in current cycle
Arkansas offered 2018 quarterback James Foster II late last week. Foster is a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite. He attends Lanier High School in Montgomery, Ala.
The Hogs signed Connor Noland, a 4-star prospect from Greenwood, Ark., during the early signing period last month. He is the No. 13 pro-style quarterback in the class. While Morris spoke highly of Noland after he signed, the new Hogs coach wouldn’t mind other options at the position in this class.
Offering Foster (6-foot-3, 213 pounds) proves that. Specifically, the new staff wants a dual-threat signee at the position. That’s what Foster would bring as the No. 14 dual-threat quarterback in the class. He lists his 40-yard dash time at 4.54 seconds on his Hudl profile. He rushed for 460 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. With his arm, he delivered 2,550 yards and 30 touchdowns with just 3 interceptions.
Foster committed to Missouri in April but denounced his pledge in late October. His most recent offers also include Florida State, Nebraska and Texas A&M. He’s reportedly set to officially visit LSU this weekend when the recruiting quiet period ends and a contact period begins.
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