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Taking a look at Arkansas’ recruiting push in Detroit
Arkansas recently extended an offer to a Southfield (Mich.) High School 2018 3-star wide receiver Brandon Gray (6-foot-5, 172 pounds).
Gray is the second highly touted Detroit-area prospect to be offered by the Hogs in September. River Rouge High School 2018 3-star safety Reggie Pearson Jr. (5-10, 180), who is committed to Wisconsin, received an offer earlier in the month.
Arkansas has also heavily pursued several Detroit-area talents in the 2017 class, most notably 4-star safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell (6-0, 175) from Cass Technical High School and 4-star athlete Ambry Thomas (5-11, 174) from Martin Luther King High School.
Arkansas currently has no players from Michigan on its roster, and while Detroit isn’t short on talent, it seems like a peculiar area for a school in the SEC to be recruiting. That is until you look at the Razorbacks’ coaching staff. Bret Bielema has assembled a group littered with connections to Michigan.
- Offensive coordinator Dan Enos is a Dearborn native who played at Michigan State and was previously the head coach at Central Michigan.
- Running backs coach Reggie Mitchell is from Flint and played and coached at Central Michigan and Michigan State.
- Offensive line coach Kurt Anderson played and coached at Michigan and also coached at Eastern Michigan.
Enos has led the recruiting charge in Detroit. He has been the primary recruiter for Kelly-Powell and Thomas, who visited Arkansas in June during the Razorbacks’ high school camp.
“Coach Enos has been hitting us up; he came to our schools and has been asking when we’re going to come down,” Kelly-Powell told SEC Country while visiting Fayetteville. “We found the time now in the middle of the summer, so we thought we might as well get down here.”
The pair said they were impressed with their visit and have considered attending a game this season. Kelly-Powell has also reportedly suggested other prospects in the area take a closer look at Arkansas.
Look for more prospects in the Detroit area to receive offers from Arkansas as long as this staff, especially Enos, stays at Arkansas. If the Hogs can land one prospect from the area, it could lead a domino effect and more success recruiting in Michigan, much like wide receivers coach Michael Smith has been able to do in Louisiana.
Here are other Detroit-area prospects with reported Arkansas offers:
- John Ross, 4-star linebacker, 6-1, 221, St. Mary’s Preparatory School (Michigan commit)
- Antjuan Simmons, 4-star linebacker, 6-1, 215, Pioneer High School (Ohio State commit)
- Hunter Rison, 4-star wide receiver, 5-11, 197, Skyline High School (Michigan State commit)
Hernandez selling Arkansas to fellow Georgia prospects
Arkansas 2017 Cedar Grove High School (Ellenwood, Ga.) cornerback commit Korey Hernandez (6-0, 175) is trying to get more prospects from his home state to take an interest in the Razorbacks.
“There’s so many people I’m trying to make take a look at Arkansas,” Hernandez said. “They’re sleeping on us, man. It’s crazy. But I’m working real hard to get people I know all across Georgia to come just take a look at what we have going on as a program.”
The Hogs currently have four Georgia natives on the roster — sophomore defensive back Britto Tutt, junior linebacker Khalia Hackett, redshirt freshman defensive lineman T.J. Smith and freshman linebacker Dee Walker.
Bentonville’s Mays-Hunt to visit Saturday
Bentonville (Ark.) High School 2018 athlete Kam’ron Mays-Hunt is set to take a visit to Arkansas this Saturday for the Razorbacks’ 6:30 p.m. CT game against Texas State.
Mays-Hunt (5-11, 170) is currently unrated by the recruiting websites but is considered one of the top 2018 prospects in Arkansas. He’s a local recruit that Arkansas fans should keep an eye and could potentially receive an offer from the Hogs.
Here are his highlights from a game against Bixby (Okla.) High School earlier this season:
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.