Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss Arkansas recruits at The Opening and an upcoming Class of 2019 visitor.
Arkansas targets at The Opening
SEC Country has a group of reporters at Nike’s The Opening Finals in Oregon this week. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. That doesn’t mean we won’t be bringing information on some Arkansas targets at the event, however.
I’ll be providing updates throughout the week based on what I hear from our guys on the ground at Nike headquarters in Beaverton. For those who don’t know, The Opening Finals is a four-day event showcasing 166 of the top recruits in the country. The players are selected based on evaluation of film and performances at one of The Opening regionals during the spring.
Here are a few names at the event I hope to provide updates on, along with some questions I hope to hear answered regarding their recruitment. (Note: All rankings per 247Sports.)
- Luke Ford, 4-star TE, Carterville (Ill.): The former Arkansas commit is in the process of exploring his many options with visits all across the country. He’s indicated the Hogs still remain a possibility despite his de-commitment. I’m expecting him to provide further insight on his recruitment this week, as he is usually a great interview.
- Curtis Dunlap, 4-star OL, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): Dunlap listed Arkansas as one of his top five choices in the spring. Since then, he’s recruitment has remained relatively quiet. Our coverage from The Opening should provide some insight into where the Hogs stand now.
- Reuben Unije, 4-star OL, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): Another IMG offensive line recruit Arkansas has impressed in this class. He’s told SEC Country in the past he really likes offensive line coach Kurt Anderson and considers the Razorbacks among his top choices. Like Dunlap, not much has been reported on his recruitment since.
- Penei Sewell, 4-star OL, Desert Hills (Saint George, Utah): Sewell visited Fayetteville in the spring. Since then, the question has become is Arkansas a serious contender or just a stop along the road? Now that he’s had time to process that trip and others, he likely has a better idea.
- Ronnie Perkins, 4-star DL, Lutheran North (St. Louis): I kept hearing during the spring Perkins had interest in Arkansas and was going to visit. Then he released a list of top schools with Arkansas not included. What happened?
- Micah Baskerville, 3-star LB, Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.): An LSU commit, Baskerville visited Arkansas in the spring after he’d already pledged to the Tigers. He’s since stated he just wanted to see other places to be sure about his commitment and says he’s as firm with LSU as ever. I’m still curious to find out how close, if at all, Arkansas can get to potentially swaying him.
2019 TE Hudson Henry to visit July 19
Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) 2019 tight end Hudson Henry has told SEC Country he will visit Arkansas on July 19.
One of the Razorbacks’ top targets in the 2019 class, Henry (6 feet, 5 inches and 230 pounds) is the No. 3 tight end and No. 64 overall prospect in his class. It would be a shock to see him end up anywhere but Fayetteville. However, showing him that he’s a high priority is still important for the Razorbacks.
Henry’s father, Mark, and one of his two older brothers, Hunter, are former Arkansas standouts. Mark was a captain for the Razorbacks as a senior in 1991. Hunter won the Mackey Award as the top tight end in the country while with the Hogs in 2015. Hayden Henry, another older brother, signed with the Hogs’ 2017 class as blueshirt outside linebacker and is already enrolled.
The family legacy obviously points toward Hudson becoming the next Henry to play for the Hogs. That commitment could come as early as his visit next month. His offer list includes Arkansas, Ole Miss, Penn State and Stanford.
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