Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a top running back target, another major offer for an in-state recruit and a potential big-time official visitor.
RB Eric Gray already thriving in Arkansas-style offense
The coaches at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tenn., have made a habit of visiting major college programs every spring to learn new schemes and practice routines. Last week they were on campus at Arkansas for three days. That means the two-time defending Tennessee Division II-AA state champions are likely to feature some of what Arkansas does next season.
From an offensive standpoint, though, the Lynx have already looked a lot like a Chad Morris team. That’s because Lausanne and Morris learned much of their philosophies from the same coach — Auburn’s Gus Malzahn.
That’s right, the former Hogs offensive coordinator helped Morris develop his scheme in the early 2000s when both were high school coaches. And before this year, Lausanne’s staff was taking regular spring-time trips to Auburn.
This could mean an advantage for Arkansas on the recruiting trail. Lausanne’s Eric Gray is at the top of the Hogs’ priority list for 2019 running backs. He’s been on campus twice in the last month, including last week with his coaches.
Gray (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) is rated as the No. 1 all-purpose back and No. 82 overall prospect by 247Sports. His offer list includes LSU, Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M and several other Power 5 schools.
With how productive he’s been in Lausanne’s offense — 3,151 yards and 45 touchdowns last season — it seems clear that he’s a great fit for what Arkansas will be doing. It’s impossible to say whether Arkansas will get him, but there is no denying it’s a perfect match.
Florida offers DE target Zach Williams
Arkansas’ 2019 in-state class continues to make waves on the recruiting trail. Most recently, Joe T. Robinson (Little Rock) defensive end Zach Williams added Florida to his offer list.
Williams (6-4, 225) was in Gainesville on Thursday touring the Gators’ facilities and visiting with their staff. Florida is his third SEC offer after Arkansas (Feb. 24) and Vanderbilt (Feb. 26). Williams will visit Alabama later this month.
The 2019 class in Arkansas has six recruits with at least three offers from SEC programs. Williams is the third to receive an offer from Florida. Former Razorbacks recruiting coordinator E.K. Franks is the director of player personnel at Florida.
Williams’ potential makes him a warranted member among the top recruits in the state. He has a 4.57-second 40-yard dash time, a 36-inch vertical and 82-inch wingspan. Those tools are why Arkansas views him as a must-get future defensive end. He had 68 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a junior last season.
He also has good bloodlines. His father, Rickey, played linebacker for the Hogs (1984-87) and ranks No. 8 on the school’s career tackles list.
Report: Arkansas could get visit from top-100 WR Garrett Wilson
Arkansas recently was included in 4-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson’s reduced list of top choices. The Hogs were joined by Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas.
According to a recent report from Rivals, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas are the only schools definitely expected to receive an official visit from Wilson. But the report stated that Arkansas, along with Nebraska, is on the fringe of being another school he’ll plan to visit officially.
Wilson (6-0, 185) is the No. 79 prospect in the class. He attends Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas.
Morris won back-to-back state titles at Lake Travis as the Cavaliers’ coach in 2008 and 2009.
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