Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss how Arkansas can benefit from Hugh Freeze being out at Ole Miss and an expected upcoming visitor.
Hugh Freeze resignation could benefit Arkansas
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze sent shockwaves throughout college football when he resigned Thursday evening.
There’s little doubt his departure will leave the 10 recruits committed to the Rebels’ 2018 class fielding calls from competing schools across the country. It’s also likely at least a few of those de-commit. If that is the case with offensive lineman Blaine Scott, Arkansas could be in line to benefit.
Scott (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) is a 3-star recruit according to 247Sports composite ratings. He attends Sciotoville East High School in Portsmouth, Ohio.
The Razorbacks were among Scott’s top five choices in April, two weeks before he pledged to Ole Miss. He planned to visit Fayetteville in April before cancelling the trip, presumably because he had his mind set on the Rebels.
Scott would be a perfect fit in Arkansas’ class. The Hogs have one offensive line commit in the class — Noah Gatlin — but are looking to sign as many as three.
DL Nicholas Fulwider planning Fayetteville visit soon
Arkansas 2018 defensive line target Nicholas Fulwider still expects to visit Fayetteville for a second time before making a commitment decision.
Fulwider (6-6, 245) initially planned to visit Arkansas and Vanderbilt, which he will do this weekend, before the end of July. The trip to Arkansas was delayed, but he told SEC Country earlier this week he still plans to make it on campus one more time before announcing a commitment. He already visited several schools, Arkansas included, earlier this summer. The additional trips are expected to bring him to a final decision.
Fulwider, from Sandy Creek High School just outside Atlanta, is 3-star recruit, according to 247Sports. The Razorbacks are among his top six choices along with Georgia Tech, Indiana, North Carolina, Rutgers and Vanderbilt. His offer list also includes Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and others.
Fulwider told SEC Country he would narrow his choices down to three before making final visits this month. He hasn’t yet publicly stated a final three, but his plans to visit Arkansas and Vanderbilt suggest those two and nearby Georgia Tech are his top three.
Arkansas made a strong impression on Fulwider when he visited in June. He also made stops at Indiana, Purdue and Vanderbilt following his trip to northwest Arkansas.
Razorbacks defensive line coach John Scott Jr. has been Fulwider’s primary recruiter. Scott, who was hired in February, has assumed the role of top recruiter in the Peach State.
Fulwider is a top priority in the Razorbacks’ class. The coaching staff is trying to finish its 2018 defensive line group with one more commit. The Hogs already have Independence (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle Emmit Gooden and Springdale (Ark.) defensive end Isaiah Nichols committed.
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