Arkansas’ recruiting wish list spans far and wide. There’s no potential hotbed the Razorbacks are leaving uncovered.
As Christmas nears, SEC Country takes a close look at the top recruits on Arkansas’ holiday wish list. Here’s a preview of the 2017 and 2018 recruits the Hogs are most hopeful for:
Chevin Calloway, 2017 4-star CB, Bishop Dunne High School (Dallas)
Calloway is likely the Hogs’ top remaining target in the 2017 class. Arkansas’ coaching staff made two visits to him during the contact period in early December.
The No. 116 overall prospect in the class, he would be the highest-rated high school recruit among Arkansas’ 21 combined commits and signees. A commitment decision from Calloway (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) isn’t expected until just before National Signing Day (Feb. 1) with Ole Miss, Texas and others also in play.
Kamren Curl, 2017 3-star S, Muskogee (Okla.) High School
Curl has become a heavily-sought recruit over the past couple months. Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas all remain in contention.
If the Razorbacks can get Calloway and Curl, the two would complete an impressive crop of defensive backs in the class. Arkansas currently has four defensive backs committed — three cornerbacks and a safety.
Curl (6-2, 176) had 56 tackles and 2 interceptions for Muskogee as a senior.
Ken Montgomery Jr., 2018 4-star CB, Hillsborough High School (Tampa, Fla.)
The 2018 class is off to a good star with a pair of 4-star commits — linebacker Bumper Pool and quarterback Connor Noland.
Montgomery (6-2, 175) stands out as next in line among targets in the class. He visited Fayetteville in early November, taking in Arkansas’ 31-10 victory over Florida. He has reported offers from over 20 programs, with Arkansas extending one in September.
Ja’Marr Chase, 2018 4-star WR, Archbishop Rummel High School (Metairie, La.)
Chase (6-2, 195) would be a major get for Arkansas, though he’ll likely be difficult to lure away from LSU. An offer from the Tigers appears to be inevitable for the No. 9 prospect in Louisiana. The Hogs became one of his 14 offers in September.
One thing helping the Razorbacks here is their relationship with Archbishop Rummel. The Hogs have three players from the school on the current roster, with one committed in the 2017 class.
Alston Orji, 2018 4-star LB, Rockwall (Texas) High School
Orji also visited Arkansas during the Hogs’ win over Florida this season. The No. 129 overall prospect in the class, Orji (6-2, 220) is one of the top recruits in the hotbed of Texas for the class. Getting Orji and Pool as linebackers in the same class would be tremendous for the Razorbacks.
Several major programs already have extended offers with Arkansas among his early favorites. The Hogs are the only program to offer both Orji and his younger brother Anfernee, a sophomore linebacker at Rockwall.
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