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For this edition of Calling the Hogs, Arkansas writer Trent Shadid answers questions from the mailbag submitted by fans on Twitter, Facebook and via email. To submit a question for future mailbags, tweet to @Shadid13, message Trent Shadid on Facebook or email Shadid13@gmail.com.
What do we need to finish out this class right?
The Razorbacks’ 2017 class is in pretty good shape with the 19 commitments it has now. But the program still has a need along the offensive and defensive lines. In fact, both spots could use the same thing — a ready-to-play prospect, like the type that could come from the junior college ranks.
For the offensive line spot, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College sophomore D’Marcus Hayes seems like a great match and there is apparently plenty of mutual interest. Hayes has been recruited by both offensive line coach Kurt Anderson and wide receivers coach Michael Smith, who knows the area well. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Hayes is the No. 13 junior college prospect nationally in the class.
At defensive line, Hayes’ teammate Isaiah Buggs is at the top of the Razorbacks’ list. But the 6-5, 280-pound Buggs may be nothing more than a pipe dream for the Hogs at this point. The No. 2 junior college prospect in the country is believed to have LSU and Alabama at the top of his list with Auburn also in contention. Other than Buggs, Arkansas has several others on its radar. Kentucky commit Phil Hoskins (Highland Community College (KS)) and Florida commit Javier Edwards (Blinn College (Tx.)) are among those the Razorbacks would likely take on the defensive front.
What about the DB (Jaiden Cole) out of Neville High School in Monroe, Louisiana?
Cole is in a tough spot, because Arkansas appears to already have all the defensive back commits it wants in the 2017 class with four. Especially at cornerback, his projected position. But his interest level seems to be high and mutual. He’s listed as an athlete recruit that plays various positions on both sides of the ball at Neville. However, Arkansas also has five commits at wide receiver and two at running back. There’s still a long way to go between now and National Signing Day, so Cole’s chances of ending up in Fayetteville can’t be completely written off just yet.
What about that big DL recruit (McTelvin Agim)? Will they start this year?
Agim, a 5-star recruit in the 2016 class, is expected to contribute significantly in the defensive line rotation this fall. He arrived in January as an early enrollee, so he’s ahead of the curve for most freshman. His teammates and coaches have said nothing but great things about him so far in fall camp. He also has the size (6-3, 290) to compete against SEC offensive linemen immediately.
Agim won’t have the burden of anchoring the defensive line right away, which is to his advantage. Seniors Deatrich Wise Jr. and Jeremiah Ledbetter will take on that task while Agim comes in as a reserve. Once they depart, Agim could be more than ready to step into an every-down role for the Hogs.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.