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Who are the top remaining targets in the 2017 class?
Arkansas’ 2017 class has 21 combined commits and signees. The Hogs are expected to bring in another three or four recruits to close out the class. All of those will be on the defensive side of the ball.
As for the top targets among them, 4-star cornerback Chevin Calloway and 3-star safety Kamren Curl sit atop that list. Both are planning to wait until National Signing Day (Feb. 1) to announce their decision.
Calloway (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) would be the Hogs’ top-rated high school commit in the class at No. 115 nationally. From Bishop Dunne High School (Dallas), he has deep family connections to the state. Ole Miss and Texas are also in contention to land him. He took an official visit to Ole Miss last month and is expected do the same at Arkansas and Texas later this month.
Curl (6-2, 180) has recently become a highly-sought prospect. He’s received offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Texas over the past two months. All of those schools are among his final choices along with TCU.
What are the chances Arkansas loses Montaric Brown?
It’s obviously not a good sign 4-star safety Montaric Brown, who committed to Arkansas last summer, is looking at taking visits to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
However, sources recently told SEC Country that Brown (6-foot-1, 175) isn’t set on visiting elsewhere. So no need for Hog fans to panic just yet.
If he does take those visits, Oklahoma likely would pose the greatest threat. The Sooners would get the last impression in that case, with that visit expected the last weekend in January. His official visit to Arkansas is planned for Jan. 20-22, and Oklahoma State a week before that.
Arkansas should still be considered the favorite to sign him at this point, even with the sudden willingness to at least entertain other options.
Does the way the Hogs finished the season hurt recruiting?
Recruits are almost never as reactionary as fans. That’s good for Arkansas right now after the Hogs blew three-score halftime leads in their final two games of 2016, losing both.
But just because they don’t react as impulsively as the average fan doesn’t mean they’re oblivious. There’s no doubt those loses have left at least a few commits and/or targets questioning the program.
So far, the disappointing close to the season hasn’t hurt Arkansas in any obvious way. The impact of that likely only becomes an issue if prospects like Brown, Calloway and Curl sign elsewhere.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.