FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — As Arkansas begins to shift some focus towards the 2018 recruiting class, the Razorbacks are beginning to get plenty of attention from quarterback prospects.
Allan Walters, a 4-star prospect from Peddie School (Hightstown, N.J.), is one of two 2018 quarterbacks receiving heavy interest from the Razorbacks. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Richard Davenport has reported Walters is set to visit Arkansas next month, arriving on Aug. 1 and staying the following two days.
Walters, the No. 10 pro-style quarterback in the class, has reported offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas A&M and others.
Fellow 4-star 2018 quarterback Connor Noland also has his eye on Arkansas. The two-sport star from Greenwood (Ark.) High School, who plans to make a commitment decision in the coming months, was offered by the Razorbacks in late April, shortly after a visit to the campus. He ranks as the No. 2 player in Arkansas, the No. 11 pro-style quarterback nationally and No. 1 baseball prospect (according to Perfect Game) in Arkansas for the 2018 class. Noland has offers from 11 FBS schools — including four SEC programs.
Here’s some other recent recruiting news:
Top Arkansas prospect to commit soon
Montaric Brown, the top prospect in Arkansas for the 2017 class, posted to Twitter earlier this week he plans to make his commitment later this month.
Brown had initially planned to announce his school on his birthday, August 24, before tweeting Tuesday he was planning to announce the following day. Later Tuesday, Brown posted he would not be announcing his decision until the end of July as he wants to get his family more involved in the recruiting process.
The 4-star safety from Ashdown (Ark.) High School is choosing among Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Oklahoma State.
Targets at The Opening
A few key 2017 prospects for Arkansas are among the more than 160 top recruits from around the nation participating in this weekend’s The Opening, Nike’s premier summer camp held in Beaverton, Ore.
One of those targets is running back Chase Hayden, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound 3-star prospect from St. George’s Independent School (Collierville, Tenn.). Hayden visited Arkansas in late June just before the current dead period began after also attending the spring game in April. The Razorbacks are believed to be the favorite to land his commitment, with Michigan and South Carolina also in contention. He rushed for 2,625 yards and 37 touchdowns last season.
Jaylen Kelly-Powell and Ambry Thomas, a pair of 4-star defensive backs who both hail from Detroit, Mich., are also competing at The Opening. The cousins visited Arkansas during the Razorbacks’ three-day high school camp in June and came away impressed.
Arkansas currently sits at No. 29 nationally and No. 10 among SEC schools in the latest 247Sports team rankings for the 2017 recruiting class.
The Razorbacks have 16 prospects committed — one 4-star, 14 3-stars and one 2-star — in the class.
Arkansas rose to as high as No. 24 nationally and No. 8 in the SEC last week.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.