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Wednesday a major success for Arkansas
Arkansas had arguably its best recruiting day of the Bret Bielema era on Wednesday.
The Hogs received a National Letter of Intent from two junior college transfers on the first day such players are allowed to sign. One of those was 4-star tight end Jeremy Patton (6-foot-6, 230 pounds) from Arizona Western College. Patton is the No. 1 junior college prospect at the position in the class. Though he’d been committed since last June, the Razorbacks had to hold off a late push from Southern Cal.
The other signee was 3-star wide receiver Jonathan Nance (6-2, 180) from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The No. 15 junior college receiver in the class, Nance is a potentially reliable target who adds depth at a position of need.
Perhaps the best news of the day came from another Mississippi Gulf Coast receiver. Brandon Martin (6-4, 220) announced he will sign with the Hogs on Thursday. He is a 4-star recruit and the No. 2 junior college receiver in the class. Arkansas beat out Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State for Martin. The Louisiana native initially signed with LSU out of high school before enrolling in junior college.
Among the high school commits, four signed financial aid agreements Wednesday. All of those players — 3-star offensive linemen Kirby Adcock, Shane Clenin and Dalton Wagner, and 3-star start quarterback Daulton Hyatt — have graduated high school and will enroll in January.
The Hogs now have a combined 20 signees and commits — four 4-stars and 16 3-stars — in the class. At least eight of those are in line to enroll at the midterm. Arkansas plans to sign 23 to 25 total players. The coaching staff likely will utilize the contact period from Jan. 12-28 trying to finish out the class.
Edwards signs with Colorado
It wasn’t all great news for Arkansas on Wednesday. The Hogs missed out on defensive tackle Javier Edwards, who signed with Colorado late Wednesday night.
Edwards (6-3, 338) is a 3-star recruit from Blinn College (Brenham, Texas). He chose Colorado over Arkansas and UNLV. He was planning to announce earlier Wednesday, but was struggling to come to a decision.
A Houston native, Edwards took an official visit to Fayetteville earlier this month. Arkansas was believed to be in a favorable position when he de-committed from Florida following the visit. The Hogs still only have one defensive lineman committed — 3-star Troy James — so expect them to make a heavy push for others leading up to National Signing Day.
Hyatt delivers emotional thanks to high school
Hyatt delivered an emotional speech thanking his high school teammates, coaches and teachers Wednesday after signing a financial aid agreement with the Hogs.
The 3-star quarterback has graduated from Etowah High School (Attalla, Ala.) and will enroll at Arkansas in January. He recently told SEC Country he transferred to Etowah for his senior season so he could graduate early, something he could not have done at his prior school.
“In one year I got really close to y’all,” Hyatt said Wednesday while fighting back tears after his signing ceremony at the school. “I thank y’all for all the memories you’ve made me. I’ll never forget it. Anybody else that’s helped me that I’ve left out, you know who you are and I just want to say thank you. Other than that, go Hogs.”
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Hernandez to sign aid agreement Friday
Cornerback commit Korey Hernandez told SEC Country he plans to sign his financial aid agreement Friday.
Hernandez (6-0, 175) recently helped Cedar Grove High School (Ellenwood, Ga.) win the school’s first state title. He graduated from Cedar Grove earlier this month and plans to arrive in Fayetteville on Jan. 13 to join the program at the midterm.
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