Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss defensive line recruiting and the Hogs making the cut for a pair of top targets.
Arkansas not done recruiting defensive linemen
The Razorbacks are still pushing to add one more to the group. It’s become clear they’d like that final addition to be Nicholas Fulwider, a 3-star end according to the 247Sports composite.
From Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., Fulwider’s size makes him a perfect fit to play end in Arkansas’ 3-4 system. He stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 260 pounds. Mincey is currently 6-5 and 260 pounds. With a little bit of added weight, the Hogs view the two Georgia prospects as a potentially formidable future combination at end.
Fulwider is planning to take an official visit to Arkansas during the season. He also has Georgia Tech, Indiana, North Carolina, Rutgers and Vanderbilt among his top potential destinations.
The willingness to make room for a fourth defensive lineman shows the Razorbacks are making every effort to significantly bolster the unit. If four are signed, defensive linemen would make up one-fourth of the class based on the current projected number of signees.
Arkansas has 12 commitments in the class, with the expectation to sign 16 overall. It’s believed two blueshirts from the 2017 class — outside linebacker Hayden Henry and offensive lineman Ty Clary — will count toward that total.
New Orleans DB Joseph Foucha puts Hogs in top 7
Fulwider isn’t the only prospect in the 2018 class who may be signed even though the quota for his position group has been reached. Arkansas is also still pursuing defensive back Joseph Foucha despite having three players — two cornerbacks and a safety — already committed.
Foucha (5-11, 194) is a 3-star recruit from McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans. He listed Arkansas as one of his top seven choices Monday. The Hogs are joined by Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Florida State, Kansas and LSU.
The coaching staff has been in regular contact with Foucha for several months, an effort spearheaded by wide receivers coach Michael Smith. The relationship those two have built is largely why Foucha is seriously considering Arkansas.
As for the defensive back group in this class, Foucha projects to play safety if he pledges to the Hogs. Charleston (Ark.) athlete Sean Michael Flanagan is currently committed with the expectation of playing safety. However, he’s equally capable of switching to wide receiver and could transition to that spot if it makes more sense.
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— JSF7️⃣ (@joe_foucha) August 7, 2017
4-star WR Marquez Beason has Arkansas in top 12
Arkansas also recently made the cut for a 2019 wide receiver — Marquez Beason.
A 4-star recruit from Dallas, Beason lists the Razorbacks as one of his top 12 choices. He has more than 30 FBS offers.
Beason (5-11, 175) visited Fayetteville for a game last season. He made the trip with Brian Williams, who is a close friend and teammate at Bishop Dunne High School. Williams is a 4-star safety in the 2019 class and the younger brother of former Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams III.
Arkansas has one commit in the 2019 class — 4-star quarterback Ty Evans.
— Marquez Beason¹ (@Ezmoneyquez) August 4, 2017
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