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.
Hog commits stand out in postseason games
Now that the high school football playoffs have arrived across the country, several Arkansas commits are looking to lead their teams to state titles.
Here’s a look at how some of the 19 commits in the 2017 class fared last week in postseason games:
- 4-star RB Chase Hayden: In search of a second straight state title, St. George’s Independent School (Collierville, Tenn.) opened the playoffs with a win behind 282 rushing yards and 5 total touchdowns from Hayden.
- 3-star ATH De’Vion Warren: A quarterback for Ouchita Parish High School (Monroe, La.), Warren scored 7 touchdowns and had 414 total yards to lead Ouchita Parish to its first playoff win in four years.
- 3-star CB Jordon Curtis: The standout running back/cornerback for Jenks (Okla.) High School had 10 carries, 230 yards and 2 touchdowns in a win that puts Jenks two victories away from its fifth straight state title.
- 3-star WR Maleek Barkley: Primarily playing running back for Lake Travis High School (Austin, Texas), Barkley had a 72-yard touchdown run on the first offensive play and finished with 109 yards and 2 touchdowns as Lake Travis cruised to a win.
- 3-star WR Koilan Jackson: A do-everything talent for Joe T. Robinson (Little Rock, Ark.), Jackson had 3 carries for 45 yards, 3 catches for 84 yards and 2 total touchdowns in a blowout victory.
- 3-star QB Daulton Hyatt: His career at Etowah High School (Attalla, Ala.) came to an end with a loss despite his 273 all-purpose yards and 4 touchdowns.
- 3-star ATH Jarrod Barnes: He led Cabot (Ark.) High School to a victory in the first round of the Arkansas Class 7A playoffs with 17 carries for 202 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Target James to announce decision Monday
Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.) 3-star defensive end Troy James is planning to announce his commitment Monday.
James (6-4, 275) is a high priority for the Hogs as they look to add a second defensive line commit in the 2017 class. He visited Arkansas in early October and de-committed from Kansas shortly after. He has reported offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas A&M and several other FBS programs.
Check with SEC Country Monday for the latest on James’ decision.
I Will Be Announcing Tomorrow Be On The Look Out ❗️
— T-Roy James #⃣4⃣ (@go__ty) November 13, 2016
Who was there?
Arkansas’ 38-10 loss to LSU on Saturday was a huge recruiting day for the Razorbacks with several commits and top targets in attendance. Here’s a look at the key prospects who were there:
- 2017 4-star WR target Brandon Martin, Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.
- 2017 4-star RB commit Chase Hayden, St. George’s Independent School (Collierville, Tenn.)
- 2017 3-star OL commit Kirby Adcock, Nashville (Ark.) High School
- 2017 3-star OL commit Shane Clenin, Jefferson High School (Festus, Mo.)
- 2017 3-star OL commit Dalton Wagner, Richmond-Burton (Ill.) High School
- 2017 3-star LB target Kyrei Fisher, Tulsa (Okla.) Union High School
- 2017 K Jason Ronnel, Litte Rock (Ark.) Christian Academy
- 2018 4-star LB commit Bumper Pool, Lovejoy High School (Lucas, Texas)
- 2018 4-star QB commit Connor Noland, Greenwood (Ark.) High School
- 2018 3-star DB Wayne Jones III, Owasso (Okla.) High School
- 2018 3-star DB Patrick Fields, Tulsa (Okla.) Union High School
- 2018 RB Garland LaFrance, St. Augustine High School (New Orleans), brother of freshman LB Giovanni LaFrance
- 2018 3-star OL Jerome Carvin, Cordova (Tenn.) High School
- 2019 4-star WR Treylon Burks, Warren (Ark.) High School
OL commits reportedly set to enroll early
Offensive line commits Adcock, Clenin and Wagner will enroll early at Arkansas and be in classes for the second semester, according to a report from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette’s Richard Davenport.
Joe T. Robinson 3-star wide receiver Koilan Jackson had also previously been considered a candidate to enroll early, but sources have told SEC Country that is no longer the case.
— Richard Davenport (@ArRecruitingGuy) November 14, 2016
Hogs not done at WR?
Brandon Martin, the top junior college wide receiver prospect in the 2017 class, was in Fayetteville this weekend. He’s been a major target for the Hogs despite five recruits expected to play receiver already being committed in the class.
Martin (6-4, 217) could have an opportunity at earlier playing time at Arkansas with the Hogs losing four senior receivers, all of whom play regularly. He’s certainly one to keep an eye on going forward.
— Brandon Martin (@b_5_live_5) November 14, 2016
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