There has been a lot of activity within Arkansas’ 2018 recruiting class in recent weeks. The Razorbacks added three commitments this week and six this month. The group now sits at nine commitments.
The class is expected to be small in terms of signees. The Hogs are projected to lose just 12 scholarship seniors after the 2017 season. There are also two blueshirts from the 2017 class who will receive scholarships between now and December. These numbers make it difficult to envision Arkansas signing more than roughly 15 players, though a lot can change between now and then.
Here’s an early glance at where things stand for the 2018 class:
Where it ranks
Arkansas rebounded from a difficult week on the recruiting trail to have a great one this week.
The Hogs got rolling Sunday with three offers to in-state recruits who attended their Trench Hogs camp earlier in the day. They also secured the commitment of defensive tackle Emmit Gooden, a top-10 junior college prospect. Two of the three players offered Sunday — offensive lineman Noah Gatlin and defensive lineman Isaiah Nichols — committed later in the week.
The previous Sunday, 4-star tight end Luke Ford, who was the Hogs’ highest-rated commit, announced his de-commitment and intentions to visit several other top schools. It’s amazing how quickly things can change in the recruiting world.
In case you missed anything from this week, here are the latest headlines:
- 2018 DL Isaiah Nichols commits to Arkansas
- Arkansas gets commitment from 2018 OL Noah Gatlin
- Arkansas joins mix for 2018 WR Maureese Wrem — another top North Texas recruit
- 2018 DL Isaiah Nichols accomplishes mission, earns coveted Arkansas offer at camp
- Trench Hog camp highlights great Sunday for Arkansas recruiting
- Arkansas offer a ‘really big deal’ for 2018 in-state OL Luke Jones
- 2018 JUCO DT Emmit Gooden commits to Arkansas
- Updates from Razorbacks’ Trench Hog camp
Offers by the numbers
- Reported offers: 145
- 5-star offers: 5
- 4-star offers: 69
- In-state recruits offered: 7
- Texas recruits offered: 30
- Georgia recruits offered: 23
- Florida recruits offered: 21
- Louisiana recruits offered: 17
- QB Connor Noland, 4-star, Greenwood (Ark.)
- LB Bumper Pool, 4-star, Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
- CB Byron Hanspard II, 4-star CB, DeSoto (Texas)
- ATH Sean Michael Flanagan, 3-star, Charleston (Ark.)
- RB Jeremy Gibson, 3-star, Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.)
- CB Tanner McCalister, 3-star, Rockwall-Heath (Rockwall, Texas)
- DT Emmit Gooden, 3-star, Independence (Kan.) Community College
- OL Noah Gatlin, 3-star, Jonesboro (Ark.)
- DL Isaiah Nichols, 3-star, Springdale (Ark.)
3 top uncommitted targets
4-star QB Gerry Bohanon, Earle (Ark.)
Bohanon (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) was set to announce his commitment last month. Instead, he announced his top six schools. Arkansas made the cut along with Baylor, Georgia, Louisville, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
Noland being firmly committed complicates the Hogs’ chances of landing Bohanon, though it’s a possibility. Bohanon definitely seems to feel the urge to stay in the Natural State, and Bielema has stated that the Hogs would be willing to sign two quarterbacks in the class.
4-star TE Luke Ford, Carterville (Ill.)
Suddenly Ford (6-foot-7, 250 pounds) has gone from apparently firmly to committed to a top target for the Razorbacks. Getting him back in this class is certainly a possibility, but it shouldn’t be expected.
He has visited — or has plans to visit — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Ohio State. The competition doesn’t get much tougher and those aren’t schools the Hogs win a lot of recruiting battles against. Following his visit to Alabama last weekend, he stated the Crimson Tide were now his top choice.
Arkansas can point to its two Mackey Award winners since 2010 to trump all others. No other program has two since 2000 when the award for the nation’s top tight end first came into existence.
3-star CB LaDarrius Bishop, Ashdown (Ark.)
Arkansas became a top candidate to land Bishop (6-foot, 190 pounds) when he received an offer in late January. Bishop is one of the top in-state prospects in the class. He is a close friend and former teammate of 4-star safety Montaric Brown, who signed with the Hogs’ 2017 class.
Bishop has been on campus several times over the past two years and made another trip earlier this month. It’s possible he’ll commit soon, because spots are filling up quickly, though he has indicated he’d like to take his time with a decision.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are projected to be signed:
- QB: 1/2 (Noland)
- RB: 1/1 (Gibson)
- TE: 0/1
- WR: 0/1
- OL: 0/3
- DL: 2/2 (Gooden, Nichols)
- LB: 1/2 (Pool)
- CB: 2/3 (Hanspard II, McCalister)
- S: 1/1 (Flanagan)
Here’s a breakdown of Arkansas’ commits by state:
- Arkansas: 4 (Flanagan, Gatlin, Nichols, Noland)
- Texas: 3 (Hanspard II, McCalister, Pool)
- Louisiana: 1 (Gibson)
- Kansas: 1 (Gooden)