FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Razorbacks are hosting the first-ever “Trench Hogs” offensive and defensive line camp Sunday.
The Hogs have around 150 campers ranging from grades 9-12 in attendance. Some of those are prospects the Razorbacks have offered or are on the borderline of receiving one.
Here are some of the top recruits in attendance:
• Jax Gasaway, OL, Star City (Ark.)
• Noah Gatlin, OL, Jonesboro (Ark.)
• Luke Jones, OL, Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.)
• Isaiah Nichols, DL, Springdale (Ark.)
• Kyron Mims, DT, Woodlawn (Baton Rouge, La.)
• Kevin Pointer, DL, Jonesboro (Ark.)
• Alex Solak, OL, Menasha (Wis.)
• Preston Wilson, OL, Argyle (Texas)
• Offensive line coach Kurt Anderson, defensive line coach John Scott Jr. and strength coach Ben Herbert are running things for the most part, but the whole coaching staff is on hand. Former Arkansas standouts Trey Flowers (DL), Robert Thomas (DL), Travis Swanson (OL) and Sebastian Tretola (OL) — all now in the NFL — are also here. Most of the current offensive and defensive lineman are here as well.
• Quarterback commit Connor Noland from Greenwood (Ark.) is here to help recruit and get a good look at some players who could potentially be protecting him one day.
• Luke Jones from Pulaski Academy is very physically impressive. He’s listed at 6-foot-6, 290 pounds and is every bit that. He’s a 3-star according to 247Sports’ composite rankings and has several offers including Arizona State and Missouri.
• Jonesboro’s Noah Gatlin really stood out during one-on-one work. He has good feet for being as tall as he is (6-7) and is in good shape at a little over 300 pounds. I think he’s a strong candidate to land an offer. He already has one from Arizona State, Indiana, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and several others.
• In addition to Jones and Gatlin, I’m putting Jax Gasaway on the watch list for an offer. He has an ideal frame to build on at 6-7 and still a little on the light side at around 280 pounds. He showed in one-on-one drills he can play stronger than he looks and uses his hands very well.
• Lake Hamilton (Pearcy, Ark.) 2018 offensive lineman Will Burgess is at the camp, but is not going through drills. He’s on crutches with a broken foot which he recently had surgery on and expects to be out about another month. Burgess looks to be about 6-4, 330, so he has the size. He doesn’t have any FBS offers to this point, though that could very well change in the fall.
• Taye Washington from Hoxie (Kan.) is maybe the biggest player here. I’d guess he’s around 6-8 and surely weighs at least 330. He’s raw, but could become a potential recruiting target at the FBS level with some work. He’ll be a junior this fall.
• Isaiah Nichols from Springdale (Ark.) is getting a lot of attention from defensive line coach John Scott Jr. It seems clear the Razorbacks are taking a long look at possibly offering him. He has a lot of promising skills and a great attitude towards improving. He also has tons of potential having only played 15 or so games since taking up football two years ago.
• Defensive lineman Kyron Mims made the long trip up from Baton Rouge, La., to take part in the camp. He’s shown he’s a gifted athlete who maybe is being overlooked in his recruitment to this point. He does have eight reported offers, but none from a Power 5 school. Unfortunately for him, he was unable to workout in pads. A rule in Louisiana prohibits high school players from the state from wearing pads at summer camps. He could’ve lost eligibility if he had.
• Gatlin has received an Arkansas offer. Not a surprise as he was impressive during the camp and has presumably been on the borderline of an offer from some time.
• Jones has also received an Arkansas offer. Another that isn’t necessarily a surprise as he too looked really good today. He called the offer “awesome” and said he’s “always loved Arkansas” growing up. His older brother just finished his freshman year at Arkansas. Jones plans to visit Iowa State this weekend and have a commitment decision made around late August.
• Nichols received an offer following the camp. He had a great day and Scott was working with him closely, so another that isn’t much of a surprise. He’s said before he loves Arkansas and grew up rooting for the Razorbacks. The Hogs should be great shape to get him. He projects to play either end or tackle at the next level.