Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss Chad Morris’ recruiting helicopter, a 2019 quarterback target and more.
Chad Morris’ recruiting helicopter needs name
Chad Morris has said his approach of using a helicopter to see recruits in action during the fall is coming with him to Arkansas. But there is going to be some rebranding involved.
Morris made the TempoCopter a prominent feature in his recruiting efforts with the Mustangs. The TempoCopter gained widespread popularity among recruits in the Dallas area and throughout Texas. It was essentially a marketing tool to help sell the program. The name, though, will stay behind at SMU.
“I kind of thought about letting our students name the new copter,” Morris recently told the Razorback Sports Network. “I’ve had several names come across my Twitter. The Porkchopper sounds pretty good. I don’t know, we’ll see.”
The helicopter has regularly afforded Morris the ability to see as many as four high school games in one Friday night. He used it during all three of years as coach at SMU.
What do you think, fans? Is the Porkchopper an adequate name? Or do you have better ideas?
Arkansas among 4 schools atop QB Grant Gunnell’s list
The Razorbacks are among the top contenders to land the commitment of quarterback Grant Gunnell, according to a report from Rivals. The report states Gunnell has Arkansas alongside LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee as his top contenders.
Gunnell (6-foot-6, 207 pounds) is rated as a 4-star recruit and the No. 49 overall prospect in the 2019 class by the 247Sports composite. He de-committed from Texas A&M last week. He threw for 4,973 yards as a sophomore and 4,936 as a junior at St. Pius X High School in Houston.
Arkansas has the advantage of having deep ties in Gunnell’s family. Both of his parents, Chris and Julie, have degrees from the school. His grandfather, Jim Price, was a member of the Razorbacks’ 1964 national championship team.
A high level of familiarity with Morris and offensive coordinator Joe Craddock is helping as well. He had a previous relationship with both coaches while they were at SMU. Those relationships are continually growing now that the staff has identified him as a top target at Arkansas.
The Hogs’ chances are also boosted by Gunnell’s familiarity with players close to the program. Gunnell is friends with Arkansas 2018 wide receiver signee Michael Woods, who is recruiting him to Arkansas. He’s also close family friends with former Hogs quarterback Rafe Peavey, who played under Morris at SMU the past two seasons.
Tryouts set for March 1
Arkansas could make some additions to its roster through upcoming tryouts for students who are currently enrolled and hoping to walk on. The tryouts will be March 1 — the first day of spring practices — inside the Fred W. Smith Center just south of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Students hoping to participate must have previously played in high school or college. A letter of recommendation from a previous coach is also preferred. Tryout participants are responsible for their own apparel and equipment.
Additionally, students must email the following items to compliance director Will Landreth (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- University of Arkansas walk-on tryout form
- University of Arkansas tryout medical clearance form
- Sickle cell test results
- Proof of insurance and a copy of insurance card
If the above requirements are met, participants can register between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. March 1 in the Fred W. Smith Football Center lobby.
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