Join us here at SEC Country for the “Trent’s Trough” notebook as Arkansas Razorbacks beat writer Trent Shadid provides the latest insight on all Hogs recruiting news.
How Morgan went from 2-star to standout WR
Arkansas senior wide receiver Drew Morgan is the epitome of an overshadowed recruit making the most of his opportunity.
Morgan was a 2-star prospect from Greenwood (Ark.) High School in the 2013 class with FBS offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State and Auburn. The offer from Auburn coming only after former Razorbacks assistant Time Horton, who had helped recruit Morgan to Arkansas, joined the Tigers’ staff after the 2012 season.
Now, Morgan is entering his senior season as one of the Hogs’ most reliable performers and will likely be a go-to target for quarterback Austin Allen. As a junior, Morgan had 63 receptions for 843 yards and 10 touchdowns — all of which placed him in the top 10 in the SEC.
So what’s Morgan’s advice to others without much “star” recognition?
“It’s a deep, internal focus,” Morgan said. “At that point in time, when you see everybody else doubting you, haters are gonna hate. But the proof is in the pudding. The cream rises to the top. It doesn’t matter if you are a 1-star or a 5-star or All-American or this and that. On game day, whoever preforms the best is going to get noticed. I’d say take it one day at a time.”
Barkley shows off running, catching ability in opener
Arkansas 2017 commit Maleek Barkley displayed his skills as a runner and receiver in a matchup between two of Texas’ top teams last Friday.
Barkley (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) plays running back for Lake Travis High School (Austin), but is expected to play wide receiver at Arkansas. His highlights from the season opener against Judson High School (Converse) indicate he’s comfortable doing both as he racked up 123 all-purpose yards and a touchdown in a 35-28 loss. Lake Travis was ranked No. 1 in Class 6A entering the game and Judson No. 9, according to texasfootball.com.
Here are Barkley’s highlights from the game:
What’s the Pitch?
SEC Country is asking several current Razorbacks what their pitch would be to entice a recruit at their position to come to Arkansas.
For today’s edition of “What’s the Pitch?” we recently asked senior running back Kody Walker what he would say to get a high school running back to Fayetteville.
Walker: “Man, why wouldn’t you want to come here? RBU. We put backs in the league and we run the ball. This is a running offense, so why wouldn’t you want to come here?”
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