Arkansas has lost the commitment of Sean Michael Flanagan. The 2018 Charleston (Ark.) prospect announced Monday he plans to instead sign with Oklahoma State on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
Flanagan is a 3-star athlete and the No. 3 recruit from Arkansas in his class according to the 247Sports composite. He committed to Arkansas last June under the previous coaching staff with the expectation of playing safety. He never wavered on that pledge until recently. With coach Bret Bielema fired in November and nearly all of his staff let go, Flanagan took a visit to Oklahoma State in early December.
Apparently, the Cowboys were able to sway him away from his home state. Oklahoma State was the first Power 5 school to offer Flanagan, doing so last April.
Flanagan took an official visit to Arkansas last weekend as the new coaching staff under Chad Morris worked to keep him. However, that staff does not yet include a defensive coordinator or any assistants on that side of the ball. Following his trip to Fayetteville, a source with knowledge of the situation told SEC Country the Hogs would have a tough time signing Flanagan without a defensive coordinator in place.
The Razorbacks’ 2018 class now sits at 11 commitments as the early signing period draws near.