Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss three of Arkansas’ top wide receiver targets in the 2018 class.
Arkansas signed six prospects in the 2017 class projected to play wide receiver. Junior college transfer Brandon Martin, a 4-star by 247Sports’ composite rankings, was the top among those as the Razorbacks beat out several major programs to land him.
Now the Hogs are looking to build on the recruiting success at the position in the 2018 class. Though they won’t sign nearly as many receivers in the class, they have several big-time recruits on their wish list. Here’s a look at three of Arkansas’ highest-priority receivers in the class:
Keys recently told SEC Country he’s developed a “fantastic relationship” with Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith.
That connection could keep the Razorbacks in contention throughout his recruitment. Entering his fourth season with the Hogs, Smith has become known for landing Louisiana prospects, especially in his home city of New Orleans.
Keys (5-foot-11, 165 pounds) expects to visit Arkansas soon. He recently listed the Hogs with Houston, LSU, Nebraska and Texas Tech as his top choices.
The Razorbacks are high on Jackson, with hopes of getting a combo deal from St. Pius X with 2019 4-star quarterback Grant Gunnell.
Jackson (6-1, 175) is approaching 20 offers, with Arkansas, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, TCU and Wisconsin among them. Also a standout outfielder on the baseball field, he’s reportedly looking to play both sports in college. Last season, he caught 69 passes for 1,607 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Arkansas’ chances, as usual, will depend on if he makes a visit to Fayetteville. No reports have him taking a trip there, but that could change this summer or fall.
Chase is another New Orleans-area prospect being recruited by Smith. His high school has been particularly good to the Razorbacks, with four Rummel alums signing with the program in the last four classes.
Chase (6-1, 195) was one of five Louisiana recruits who committed to Kansas last month following an unofficial visit. He de-committed shortly after and announced he still is considering the Jayhawks and 10 other schools. Arkansas made that list along with Auburn, Florida and LSU.
The Rummel connection and Smith’s ability in Louisiana gives the Razorbacks a chance with Chase. If he visits, expect his interest in Arkansas to increase.
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