FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas is wrapping up a major recruiting weekend Sunday that included 13 visitors on campus.
The Razorbacks are putting in every effort to secure the final few spots in the 2017 class. They currently have 22 commits/signees with the expectation to sign 23 to 25 total.
Here’s the list and info on the visitors with updates from their visits as they become available:
Calloway has been one of Arkansas’ top targets for months now. He would be their highest-rated high school commit if he pledges to the Razorbacks.
This weekend’s visit is expected to be his last official. He’s already been to Ole Miss and Texas, his other finalists, and will announce his choice on National Signing Day.
Michael Epley, DE, Tyler (Texas) Junior College
Coming into his visit, Epley hadn’t been offered by Arkansas and that did not change by the time he left Sunday. He’s still hopeful to receive an offer at some point.
Epley is a Texas native who spent two seasons (2014-15) at SMU before transferring to junior college. Viewed as a pass-rushing specialist, he was highly successful at Tyler last season with 12.5 sacks. He would fit the role of an outside linebacker that could also play with his hand on the ground in Arkansas’ new 3-4 scheme.
Tommy Kujawa, TE/FB, Greendale (Wis.) High School
Kujawa says he loved his visit and had a great time. He is a preferred walk-on candidate the Razorbacks view as a tight end/H-back.
His connection to Arkansas’ program comes from is uncle, Paul, who played fullback at Iowa and was a teammate of coach Bret Bielema.
Kujawa missed his entire junior season with a knee injury and half his senior season with an elbow injury. He’s also considering Iowa, Illinois State, Northern Illinois and North Dakota.
Gabe Richardson, DE, Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College
Richardson’s situations is very similar to Epley. There’s currently no offer from Arkansas, though he fits the mold of a versatile player that could play both linebacker and lineman in the Hogs’ new 3-4 system.
Originally from Southwest DeKalb High School (Decatur, Ga.), Richardson spent the past two seasons at Hutchinson. He still has a year of eligibility remaining at the junior college. There’s a chance he’s the type of player that looks at his options later after things settle from National Signing Day, similar to what Michael Taylor did in the 2016 class.
Stewart tells me he enjoyed his visit and now has Arkansas among his final three choices. He says he’s also looking at Arizona State and Florida.
Arkansas’ coaching staff has been extremely persistent with Stewart and it looks like that may be paying off. Getting him, and several members of his family, on campus over the weekend was critical for the Hogs’ chances. He is the cousin of freshman linebacker Giovanni LaFrance.
There’s still an official visit to Florida coming next weekend for Stewart, and the Gators have recently been considered the leader to land him. If Arkansas could add him and Calloway, the defensive back class would be considered a major success.
Barkley cryptically appeared to be considering other options since receiving increased interest from programs over the past month. However, he quickly slammed the door on those rumors a week ago. Getting him on campus this late in the process is no doubt beneficial to keeping him.
Brown spent much of the weekend with freshman defensive lineman McTelvin “Sosa” Agim. The two have a very close relationship with both stating the other is like a “brother” in the past.
Brown has gone back and forth over the past month on whether to shut down his recruitment or not. For now, he says he’s undecided on visiting Oklahoma State next weekend. Regardless, consider the chances very slim the Hogs’ top in-state commit ultimately goes to the Cowboys.
Curl was a big recruiting win for the Razorbacks on Thursday when he committed to them over Baylor, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, TCU and others. It didn’t take long for him to start referring to Fayetteville as home.
Home Sweet Home✔️? pic.twitter.com/uVaUyu6jl9
— Kamren Curl??♂️ (@Kam__Bam__) January 21, 2017
Committed since last June, Curtis has remained mostly quiet about his recruitment. All indications are he’s shown no interest in any other schools recently or even since committing.
The No. 4 all-purpose back in the class, Hayden has been all in with Arkansas over the past few months. He says loved his visit and everything went great. He reportedly considered visits elsewhere during the 2016 season, so it’s good news for the Hogs they appear to have locked him in with National Signing Day closing in.
Woo Pig?? pic.twitter.com/5NLGk9yIQb
— Chase Hayden (@Chase_Hayden2) January 21, 2017
Jackson committed to Arkansas last spring and has never wavered. He’s part of a deep class at his position as one of six wide receivers.
— Melanie Jackson (@melaniebjacks) January 22, 2017
McClellion tells me he “loved” his official visit this weekend. As previously mentioned, he’s part of what has a chance to be an exceptionally talented defensive back class.
Arkansas’ first commit in this class says he had a great visit to campus this weekend. He received an in-home visit from Bielema and wide receivers coach Michael Smith, the primary recruiter in Louisiana, last Thursday. He’s all in with the Hogs.
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