Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss an upcoming commitment announcement, a tight end target and more.
OLB Maureese Wren to announce commitment Wednesday
Decision day is nearing for 2018 outside linebacker Maureese Wren, who has Arkansas among his top choices.
From Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas, Wren will announce his commitment Wednesday. He visited the Hogs’ campus last week. He plans to visit Colorado on Monday before making a decision between those two schools, Baylor, SMU, Texas Teach and Washington.
Wren (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) is a 3-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite. He’s currently Arkansas’ top priority to fill its one reserved scholarship spot at the position for the 2018 class. The Razorbacks have 11 total commitments, seven on defense.
2018 TE Glenn Beal ‘loves’ Arkansas
Tight end Glenn Beal left his visit to Fayetteville this weekend in “love” with Arkansas.
Beal (6-5, 250) is a 3-star recruit from John Curtis High School in River Ridge, La., a New Orleans suburb. With offers from 16 Power 5 schools, he recently narrowed his recruitment to Arkansas, Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Oregon, and UCLA.
The Hogs have been in search of a tight end to replace Luke Ford since the 4-star prospect from Carterville, Ill., de-committed in June. Beal has emerged as the most likely option, and currently is viewed as one of the top priorities in the class.
However, it could be very difficult to lure him out of Louisiana. SEC Country LSU reporter Sam Spiegelman has the Tigers slated as his favorite. It is also believed that LSU views Beal as its top target at the position.
Making the weekend trip to Arkansas with Beal were Marquese Albert (2018 RB), Donald Clay (2019 CB) and Travis Mumphrey (2019 QB). Albert and Clay are teammates of Beal’s at John Curtis. Mumphrey attends John Ehret High near New Orleans. That is where Arkansas sophomore linebacker De’Jon Harris played in high school.
Clay is a target of the Razorbacks. There is not believed to be any strong interest in Albert or Mumphrey.
Nick Saban once put 2019 TE target Hudson Henry to sleep
Arkansas is in a battle to keep tight end Hudson Henry, one of the top 2019 in-state recruits, from leaving the Natural State.
Henry (6-5, 225) is a 4-star prospect from Little Rock with offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Penn State and Stanford. He’s also receiving interest from one school that could provide some particularly stout competition — Alabama. The good news on that front is Henry likely won’t be in awe of Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.
According to his older brother, former Arkansas and current San Diego Chargers tight end Hunter Henry, Hudson was the first kid to fall asleep in Saban’s office. The nap occurred in April 2012 when Hudson was in sixth grade and Hunter was on a recruiting visit to Alabama.
“Hudson fell asleep in Nick Saban’s office while he was talking,” Hunter recently told Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly. “He said, ‘Wow, you’re the first kid to ever fall asleep in my office. Wow.’ Hudson was really embarrassed. We were kind of like, ‘What are you doing? We brought you on this visit and you can’t stay awake?’ ”
In Hudson’s defense, Saban wasn’t doing much to keep anyone from taking a snooze, according to his older brother.
“I mean, he was talking for a long time,” Hunter said. “A long time. I was kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh, dude, OK, kind of start wrapping it up.’ I would’ve fallen asleep, too. He was young.”
— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) July 24, 2017
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