Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss what has excited Chad Morris on the recruiting trail, a pending offer and a young quarterback target.
Chad Morris excited to recruit from hard-working families
College football recruits come from a wide range of backgrounds. Despite the differences, there’s one quality every recruit can posses that excites Arkansas coach Chad Morris more than anything — coming from a winning environment.
That doesn’t exactly mean what it sounds like. Morris doesn’t want only players who have won championships on the field. He’s looking beyond that, at what type of family they come from and the struggles they’ve overcome.
“You may not play on a team that wins a state championship or regional championship,” Morris said. “And you may play on a team that wins just one game or no games. But when I’m able to go into your home and see your environment and see that maybe you come from a single-parent home that momma or daddy has had to work two or three jobs, or granny or grandpa has, to just provide, that’s a passion and that’s a winner.
“That excites you so much to know they want to better themselves.”
Arkansas still evaluating 2019 OL Cole Birmingham
Offensive lineman Cole Birmingham recently was on campus at Arkansas, taking in a spring practice and visiting with coaches.
Birmingham (6-foot-5, 290) was in Fayetteville because the staff had shown strong interest in him. However, he made the trip without having an offer from the Hogs and that was the case when he left. SEC Country has been under the impression that the lack of an offer is due to the pending status of other top offensive line targets in the 2019 class. That belief has been reaffirmed by Birmingham, who told SEC Country on Tuesday he was informed by offensive line coach Dustin Fry that the Hogs weren’t ready to offer as they are still evaluating him.
Arkansas likely does not want to fill too many scholarship spots on the offensive line with 4-star in-state targets Darius Thomas and Stacey Wilkins still uncommitted. The Hogs already have offensive lineman Beaux Limmer committed in the class with offers out to several others.
Birmingham is a 247Sports composite 3-star recruit from Katy High School near Houston. He visited Oklahoma State the day after visiting Arkansas. The Cowboys did offer him, bringing Birmingham’s list of scholarship opportunities to seven Power 5 schools.
2021 QB Aaron McLaughlin could see himself at Arkansas
Aaron McLaughlin will be a sophomore at Buford (Ga.) High School this fall, but he already has the attention of many college coaches, including Morris. There is mutual interest, too. McLaughlin stated Monday that he could see himself playing at Arkansas.
McLaughlin (6-5, 225) received an offer last month from Razorbacks offensive coordinator Joe Craddock. Though it may seem early to be sending out an offer to McLaughlin, Arkansas is far from the first program to do so.
Texas A&M offered him before he entered eighth grade. He was 14 years old at the time. He’s added 20 offers, including recent offers from Auburn, Florida State, Louisville and South Carolina.
McLaughlin is one of seven 2021 recruits who are known to have been offered by Arkansas. Obviously, his recruitment is in the early stages. Remember, Morris began recruiting Deshaun Watson to Clemson when he was a freshman in high school.
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