Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a popular Netflix series, a possible offensive line target and a recruit to watch in the 2019 class.
Arkansas DL commit Emmit Gooden‘s JUCO team to be featured in Netflix series
The popular Netflix documentary series Last Chance U will be following Independence (Kan.) Community College for the 2017 season, SEC Country has confirmed. The Garden City Telegram first reported last week the school would be the subject of Season 3.
This gives Arkansas fans some extra incentive to watch the series next summer. Reason being, Razorbacks defensive tackle commit Emmit Gooden will likely be prominently featured.
Gooden is one of Independence’s best players. He’s also the highest-rated recruit on the team — No. 7 overall at the junior college level in 2018 according to the 247Sports composite. As a member of the 2016 class, he was committed to Mississippi State during his senior year at Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tenn. But he failed to qualify academically and eventually enrolled at Independence.
His story makes him exactly the type of player who has been a focal point of the show during its first two seasons, both at East Mississippi Community College. Gooden is one of five 2018 recruits on Independence’s roster currently committed to a Power 5 school — OT Tramonda Moore (Oklahoma), DT Dantrell Barkley (South Carolina), CB Delrick Abrams Jr. (Colorado) and wide receiver Calvin Jackson (Washington State). Abrams was offered by Arkansas in late April.
Garden City (Kan.) Community College reportedly rejected an offer to be featured on the show before Independence was selected. Garden City is the defending NJCAA national champion and a rival of Independence in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. Recording currently has begun for Season 3, which is expected to be released next July.
OL Blaine Scott de-commits from Ole Miss
Onetime Arkansas target Blaine Scott announced his de-commitment from Ole Miss on Sunday.
Scott (6-foot-4, 310 pounds) is a 3-star guard in the 2018 class from Sciotoville East High School in Portsmouth, Ohio. He had the Razorbacks among his top 4 choices when he committed to Ole Miss in May. He cited “recent events” — obviously referring to the resignation of Huge Freeze — as his reason for de-committing from the Rebels.
So, is Arkansas an option once again with Scott’s recruitment open again? Not exactly. Sources have told SEC Country the Razorbacks are not interested at this time. That stance could always change, but for the time being expect the Hogs to remain at two offensive linemen in the class; there’s a potential for a third lineman that is not Scott.
Zach Williams is one to watch in 2019 class
Zach Williams is a name to remember among in-state recruiting prospects in the 2019 class.
The junior plays defensive end at Joe T. Robinson High School in Little Rock. Williams has all the tools to be a potential SEC-caliber recruit, likely at outside linebacker. Here are his measurables according to Robinson assistant Brian Maupin:
- 6-4, 220 pounds, 4.63-second 40-yard dash, 36-inch vertical, 82-inch wingspan.
Williams also has impressive bloodlines. His father, Rickey, played linebacker for Arkansas (1984-87) and ranks No. 8 on the school’s career tackles list.
Though he has no offers yet, Williams was invited to and attended elite prospect camps at Arkansas and Missouri this summer. He’s also received interest from Memphis. With his combination of size and athleticism, it should come as no surprise when the offers eventually start rolling in.
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