Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss an in-state offensive lineman, a top running back target and a former quarterback commit.
Arkansas to see OL Jax Gasaway with offer possibly coming
Arkansas’ coaching staff will visit 2018 in-state offensive tackle Jax Gasaway in Star City on Friday. Gasaway is a 3-star prospect and the No. 10 recruit from Arkansas according to the 247Sports composite.
Though he is yet to receive an offer from the Hogs’ new coaching staff, they clearly have an interest in him. He currently has offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Tulane and several other programs. Arkansas’ previous coaching staff under Bret Bielema had offered him a preferred walk-on spot.
Gasaway has grown up a Razorbacks fan and is certainly hopeful for the chance to play in Fayetteville. But with several immediate scholarship offers at other FBS programs, the Hogs will likely have to offer the same to get him.
Arkansas does have a need to bring in at least one more scholarship offensive lineman in this class. At this time, Ryan Winkel is the only such prospect known to have scheduled an official visit to Fayetteville between now and signing day in early February.
At 6 feet, 7 inches, Gasaway has an ideal frame for playing tackle in college. He’d certainly need to add weight — currently around 280 pounds — but not much to play in Chad Morris’ offense. His athleticism is good for his size, running a 40-yard dash in 5.07 seconds.
Jeff Traylor visits RB target Rakeem Boyd
As we noted last week, Arkansas is pushing hard to land a running back in the 2018 class as signing day nears. Tuesday, running backs coach Jeff Traylor was out on the road trying to pick up that commitment.
Traylor drove more than two-and-a-half hours to Independence (Kan.) Community College where he met with running back target Rakeem Boyd. Sources indicated the visit went very well, increasing Arkansas’ chances to sign Boyd — he is set to make an official visit to Fayetteville this weekend. Colorado is also vying to land his commitment.
A 3-star recruit per 247Sports, the 6-foot, 200-pound Boyd rushed for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns while playing in 10 games at Independence last season. He was particularly impressive in his final two games. In the regular-season finale Nov. 11, he rushed for 303 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries. In the Midwest Classic Bowl on Dec. 3, Boyd had 215 yards and 3 scores on 35 carries. He was named offensive MVP of the game.
Boyd spent his freshman season in 2016 at Texas A&M. He redshirted before announcing he would transfer to Independence. He signed with Texas A&M as a 3-star prospect in the 2016 class from Stratford High School in Houston.
Arkansas currently does not have a running back signed or committed in the 2018 class. The Hogs have four scholarship running backs on the current roster.
Traylor made the trip despite well-below freezing temperatures and snow on the ground. He posted the following message on Twitter after meeting with Boyd:
— Jeff Traylor (@CoachTraylor) January 16, 2018
Former QB commit Ty Evans pledges to Colorado
Former Arkansas quarterback commit Ty Evans announced his pledge to Colorado on Monday.
Evans is a 3-star recruit in the 2019 class. He committed to the Hogs last summer and remained pledged until shortly after Bielema was fired in late November. From Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colo., Evans was named the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year following a stellar junior season.
Arkansas’ new coaching staff has not re-offered Evans to this point. Other quarterbacks in the class — most notably 4-star prospect Grant Gunnell — remain higher priorities.
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