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Mbanasor reopens recruitment after visiting Arkansas
Arkansas 2017 target Nelson Mbanasor announced his de-commitment from Oklahoma State on Sunday night.
Mbanasor (6-foot-3, 270 pounds) officially visited Arkansas over the weekend for the Hogs’ loss to Alabama. He is a 3-star defensive end from Hendrickson (Pflugerville, Texas) High School with more than 20 offers. He had been committed to the Cowboys since May.
The Hogs are in need of another defensive lineman in the 2017 class. Katy (Texas) High School 3-star defensive end Ryder Anderson is the only current defensive lineman among the 19 commits. With his current size and strength, Mbanasor would likely be capable of transitioning to defensive tackle in college if needed.
Mbanasor’s older brother, P.J. Mbanasor, is a sophomore cornerback at Oklahoma.
I would like to announce my decomittment from Oklahoma State. Thanks to all the fans and coaches for the support✊
— Nelson Mbanasor (@Nelson_Mbanasor) October 10, 2016
Michigan commit Woods impressed with Hogs
Michigan 2017 safety commit J’Marick Woods called his visit to Arkansas last weekend the best one he’s been on yet.
Woods (6-3, 205) is a 3-star prospect from Florence (Ala.) High School. He committed to Michigan in late March and reportedly has 13 offers from Power 5 conference schools.
Arkansas was the first of the allowed five official visits for Woods, but he previously made several unofficial visits, including one to Michigan. He also thanked the Razorbacks’ coaches, staff and players for an “incredible” experience over the weekend:
— J'Marick Woods (@JL_Woods1) October 9, 2016
James has ‘great’ visit
Kansas 2017 defensive end commit Troy James was also among Arkansas’ five official visitors for the Alabama game. He posted to Twitter following the visit, saying he had a “great weekend” in Fayetteville.
James (6-4, 275) committed to Kansas in late June. He is a 3-star recruit from Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.).
As previously mentioned, the Hogs are searching for at least one more commit on the defensive line in their 2017 class.
Linebacker commit Josh Paul and running back commit Maleek Williams were the Razorbacks’ other official visitors over the weekend.
Great Weekend At Arkansas ?#woopigsooie
— T-Roy James #⃣4⃣ (@go__ty) October 9, 2016
Commit Brown to play in All-American game
Arkansas 2017 safety commit Montaric Brown from Ashdown (Ark.) High School recently accepted an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The annual game will be played Jan. 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Brown (6-0, 182) is the No. 2 in-state prospect and No. 18 safety in the class. He committed to Arkansas in late July, picking the Hogs over Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Oklahoma State.
Brown visited Fayetteville over the weekend with Ashdown teammate LaDarius Bishop, a 2018 3-star cornerback.
Blessed to announce that I will be playing in the US Army All-American Bowl. ?
— August 24th♌ (@yvngsimba3) October 6, 2016
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