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Will the Razorbacks add a late commit to the 2016 class?
Arkansas’ 2016 recruiting class may not be completed just yet.
Michael Taylor II, a junior college defensive end prospect from Riverside (Calif.) City College, is set to arrive in Fayetteville on Wednesday for an official visit and leave Friday.
He would be able to play this fall with three years of eligibility if classes from North Carolina Central — where he spent one semester and redshirted — are excepted by Riverside C.C., according to a report from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Richard Davenport. Otherwise, Taylor would plan to enroll at his next school in January.
The Razorbacks are yet to officially extend an offer, but that could change this week. If an offer is on the table, Taylor told Davenport there’s a “good chance” he would commit.
The 6-foot-3, 248-pound Orlando, Fla., native had 50 tackles and four sacks for Riverside C.C. as a freshman last season.
Taylor announced his plans to visit July 12 on Twitter.
Really excited for my visit to Arkansas ?
— Michael Taylor II (@Taylormic2) July 13, 2016
Highly-touted Ashdown pair looking to attend same college
Ashdown (Ark.) defensive back Montaric Brown isn’t ready just yet to announce his commitment.
The 4-star prospect told SEC Country on Friday he plans to take all of his official visits to Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Oklahoma State before making his announcement.
But once Brown — the top in-state prospect in the Class of 2017 — makes his decision, his choice could also be receiving the inside track to landing one of his highly-touted teammates.
Ashdown cornerback LaDarius Bishop, a 3-star prospect in the Class of 2018, told SEC Country on Friday the pair have discussed and are planning to attend the same college. Bishop, the No. 3 Arkansas prospect in his class, has already gained offers from Baylor and Oklahoma State with heavy interest from the Razorbacks.
Oklahoma prospect visits
Oklahoma safety prospect Evan Fields stopped by the Arkansas campus for an unofficial visit Friday with his Midwest City High School teammates.
Fields, a 3-star prospect in the Class of 2017, told SEC Country he was impressed with his visit and would have to strongly consider the Razorbacks if they were to extend an offer. Fields also said he had previously been in contact with Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith about the possibility of playing for the Razorbacks.
— EVAN FIELDS4️⃣⭐️ (@Evan4_) July 16, 2016
Fields was in the area for the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 tournament hosted by Shiloh Christian High School (Springdale, Ark.) over the weekend, but did not participate in the competition because of a minor wrist injury.
Commit, targets shine at 7-on-7
It was impossible to ignore the wealth of talent on display from Joe T. Robinson (Little Rock, Ark.) at the Garrett Uekman Foundation’s 7-on-7 tournament in Little Rock on Friday.
Koilan Jackson, a 3-star prospect in 2017, proved to be an extremely difficult player to cover all afternoon. Previously a quarterback, the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Jackson has tons of upside at receiver after only recently switching to the position when he transferred to Robinson last winter.
Jackson’s teammate Nathan Page, the top-ranked player in Arkansas for the 2018 class, was also stellar. The defensive back/receiver displayed an exceptional ability to out-run coverage and made several catches on deep passes.
Recruitment is starting to pick up for the 6-foot, 180-pound, 4-star prospect with interest from several schools, including Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, TCU and Texas A&M.
Razorbacks land 4-star basketball commit
The Arkansas basketball program received big news Saturday afternoon with the commitment of 2017 4-star guard Khalil Garland.
The 6-foot-6, 195-pound prospect from Parkview High School in Little Rock made the announcement on Twitter.
— kg. (@k_garland3) July 16, 2016
He is the third commit in the 2017 class, all of which are in-state prospects. The class now sits at No. 5 nationally and No. 1 in the SEC. However, several of the top programs nationally are currently without a commitment as the majority of the top-ranked players have yet to announce their decision.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.