Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a future official visitor, scholarship limits and a commit invited to an All-America game.
OL target Jerome Carvin pushes back commitment date, will officially visit Arkansas
Arkansas 2018 offensive tackle target Jerome Carvin recently pushed back his commitment date until after he takes all five of his official visits.
The Razorbacks will receive one of those five this fall, Carvin told SEC Country on Tuesday. Recruits are allowed to take official visits beginning in September.
Carvin (6-foot-5, 307 pounds) unofficially visited Arkansas last November for the Hogs’ win against Florida. He is 4-star prospect (according to the 247Sports composite) from Cordova, Tenn. Arkansas is joined by Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee on the list of his top choices.
Arrival of Montaric Brown would put Arkansas at 85-scholarship limit
Montaric Brown is close to arriving at Arkansas.
The onetime 4-star safety prospect had his arrival, which was expected in early June, delayed because he hadn’t yet qualified academically. He’s been taking online classes this summer in an effort to be cleared by the NCAA.
According to Danny West of HawgSports, Brown faxed paperwork to the NCAA on Tuesday. If all goes well, he’ll be enrolled when classes begin Aug. 21 and then start practicing with the team.
If Brown joins the program as expected, the Razorbacks will be at the 85-scholarship limit for the 2017 season. In the event he doesn’t make it, that scholarship spot could be used toward the 2018 recruiting class. The Hogs have 16 available spots for the class as things sit right now. They are expected to sign 14 recruits for the upcoming class and use the two remaining spots on a pair of blueshirts from the 2017 class.
Coach Bret Bielema spoke with reporters last week about the difficulties of balancing scholarship limits and signees who are considered academic risks.
“When you recruit a student-athlete in our state that you aren’t quite sure if they’re going to make it academically, you have to make a decision [on] how many of those guys can you recruit,” Bielema said.
“So, if you decide you’re going to take three academic at-risk guys and all three make it and you were only counting on one of them to make it, you’ve got a problem. If you count on all three of them making it and none of them make it, now you’re three deficient and now you’ve got a problem. I think there’s a working number there that the NCAA could probably help us out a lot. It’s very difficult.”
OL commit Noah Gatlin invited to Blue-Grey game
Arkansas offensive line commit Noah Gatlin has been invited to play in a Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.
The event stages four games, according to its official website. Two of those are at AT&T Stadium (Dec. 18 and Jan. 22) in Arlington, Texas. The other two are in Florida (Tampa on Jan. 6 and Jacksonville on Jan. 13)
Gatlin (6-7, 300) received an offer from the Razorbacks on June 18 after participating in the Trench Hogs camp. He committed three days later.
A 3-star recruit according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Gatlin chose Arkansas over offers from Arizona State, Indiana, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and others.
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