Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a pair of in-state visitors, a target at The Opening and more.
In-state 2018 OL Luke Jones, 2019 TE Hudson Henry set to visit Arkansas same day
A midsummer Wednesday is turning out to be a potentially significant day for Arkansas’ in-state recruiting push. Little Rock Pulaski Academy offensive lineman Luke Jones and tight end Hudson Henry are both set to the visit the Razorbacks on July 19. They are among the Hogs’ top current Natural State targets.
Jones (6 feet, 6 inches, 290 pounds) is a 3-star prospect and No. 11 player in Arkansas in 2018 according to 247Sports’ composite ratings. He was recently on campus for Arkansas’ Trench Hogs camp. After a couple hours working out under the watchful eye of offensive line coach Kurt Anderson, Jones received an offer. While the coaching staff was hopeful he’d commit shortly after, the upcoming visit could be what seals the deal.
Henry (6-5, 230) is a 4-star prospect and the No. 7 tight end in the 2019 class. It would be an absolute shock if he ends up anywhere but Arkansas. His father Mark was a senior captain for the Razorbacks in 1991. Older brother Hunter was also a Hog and won the Mackey Award as the top tight end in the country in 2015. Hayden, another older brother, is a blueshirt outside linebacker in the Hogs’ 2017 class and is already enrolled.
The family legacy clearly points to Hudson being the next Henry to sign with the Razorbacks. Still, it’s important to show him he’s a high priority because he’s going to have a lot of options. His offer list already includes Arkansas, Ole Miss, Penn State and Stanford.
Locking in the top talent within the state is essential to the Hogs’ recruiting efforts. To that end, July 19 is a BIG day.
OL target Curtis Dunlap Jr. among best at The Opening Finals
Arkansas 2018 offensive line target Curtis Dunlap Jr. was a standout among the many top offensive line prospects at Nike’s The Opening Finals earlier this week.
Dunlap earned a spot in the Final 5 on Monday at the competition in Beaverton, Ore. He beat out 15 other participants for the honor. The final round pits the five best offensive linemen against the five best defensive lineman at the camp. He is No. 77 in the video below, in which he wins 1-on-1 battles in three consecutive reps (See: 11-23 seconds into video).
— The Opening (@TheOpening) July 5, 2017
When Dunlap released a list of his top 5 choices in May, the Razorbacks made the cut. He still holds them in high regard and plans to make an official visit to Fayetteville the fall.
ICYMI: 5-star forward Reggie Perry no longer an Arkansas pledge
I typically keep these notebooks strictly about football recruiting, but some news is too big to ignore.
Late Wednesday evening news broke that 5-star 2018 forward Reggie Perry had de-committed from the Hogs’ basketball program. From Thomasville High School in Georgia, Perry (6-9, 225) is the No. 18 overall recruit in his class according to 247Sports. Click here to read more about his de-commitment.
The Hogs are still ranked No. 5 nationally by 247Sports with three in-state commits — Ethan Henderson, Isaiah Joe and Desi Sills. It’s important to note several top programs don’t yet have a commitment in the class, so it’s very likely that ranking drops between now and signing day.
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