Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. Today, we discuss two highly regarded Jonesboro, Ark., offensive linemen, a top target reopening his recruitment and more.
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There’s been no shortage of FBS coaches stopping by Jonesboro (Ark.) High School during the current evaluation period. Most are making the trip to check out two of the top Natural State offensive linemen — Noah Gatlin (2018) and Darius Thomas (2019).
Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos and tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. are the latest to do so, as they took in practice Tuesday. Offensive line coach Kurt Anderson also stopped by the school April 17.
Mississippi State co-offensive coordinator John Hevesy was at the school earlier in the day. Gatlin and Thomas reported offers from the Bulldogs on Tuesday, making them the fifth program to offer both.
Gatlin (6-foot-7, 300 pounds) is a 3-star prospect per 247Sports composite rankings with 17 offers. Arkansas is not one of them, but he’s been in regular contact with the coaching staff and visited Fayetteville during spring practice last month.
Thomas (6-6, 308) has 12 offers, including seven SEC schools, and Arkansas among them. He’s a 4-star recruit currently rated as the No. 177 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
According to Jonesboro coach Randy Coleman, here’s the list of programs to visit Jonesboro since the evaluation period began April 15:
- Arkansas (twice)
- Auburn (twice)
- Iowa State
- Louisiana Tech (twice)
- Memphis (twice)
- Mississippi State
- Ole Miss
- Texas Tech
— Randy Coleman (@Hurricane_92) May 16, 2017
2019 WR target Marquez Beason reopens recruitment
Bishop Dunne (Dallas) High School 2019 wide receiver Marquez Beason had reopened his recruitment.
Beason (5-11, 175) is a 4-star recruit who committed to Nebraska in April while on a visit to the school. He is one off Arkansas’ top early targets in the 2019 class. He’s close friends and teammates with highly touted 2019 safety Brian Williams — the younger brother of recently retired Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams III.
Nebraska remains a possibility for Beason, according to a note he posted via Twitter. He stated that he’d made the decision too early in his recruiting process.
As a sophomore last season, Beason caught a team-high 40 passes for 581 yards and 8 touchdowns in 13 games. He also rushed for 350 yards and 4 scores on 42 carries.
Please respect my decision pic.twitter.com/RXaxTvLlUd
— Marquez Beason ¹ (@ezmoneyquez) May 16, 2017
Arkansas remains active in Georgia with another offer
Arkansas offered 2018 defensive end prospect Caleb Tannor on Tuesday.
Tannor (6-4, 220) is from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga., making him the 20th Peach State recruit in his class to have reported an offer from the Razorbacks. Only Texas (26) and Florida (21) recruits have reportedly been offered more.
The Hogs’ efforts in Georgia have especially intensified since John Scott Jr. took over as defensive line coach in February. Scott has recruited Georgia, particularly the Atlanta area, significantly in the past and assumed the role of primary recruiter for the state when hired.
On the verge of being bumped to a 4-star prospect, Tannor has offers from 25 FBS programs. Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia also are among them. He had 55 tackles and 7 sacks for Miller Grove last season.
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