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Major 2018 targets with mutual interest to Hogs attend Texas State game
Four of Arkansas’ highest-priority recruits in the 2018 class — quarterback Connor Noland, linebacker Bumper Pool, athlete Nathan Page and athlete LaDarrius Bishop — all made an unofficial visit to Fayetteville on Saturday to watch the Hogs defeat Texas State 42-3.
Noland (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) is the only current Razorbacks commit in the class. Since announcing his pledge in July, the 4-star recruit from Greenwood (Ark.) High School has told SEC Country he already had plans to begin recruiting others to join him in the class. He also is committed to Arkansas’ baseball program as a right-handed pitcher. He is the top prospect in the state for football and baseball.
Sources have told SEC Country there is a high level of mutual interest between Arkansas and the other three.
Pool (6-2, 215) has family connections to Arkansas and plans to make another visit. A 4-star prospect from Lovejoy High School (Lucas, Texas), he is the No. 20 Texas prospect in the class and No. 5 inside linebacker.
Page (6-foot, 180) is a 4-star wide receiver and defensive back who has yet to receive an offer from Arkansas. However, an offer from the Hogs — and several other schools — is believed to be imminent. Razorbacks freshman running back T.J. Hammonds was a teammate of Page last season at Joe T. Robinson High School (Little Rock, Ark.). Robinson senior wide receiver Koilan Jackson already is committed to Arkansas. Page is having a superb junior season (see below).
Bishop (6-0, 180) is a 3-star prospect and the No. 4 recruit in Arkansas for the class. He has a close relationship with Ashdown (Ark.) High School teammate Montaric Brown, the top 2017 in-state prospect who committed to Arkansas in July. The pair previously told SEC Country they would like to attend the same university. Bishop, who plays defensive back and wide receiver, has reported offers from Baylor, Louisiana-Monroe and Oklahoma State.
Noland posted photos to Twitter on the sideline Saturday with Pool and 2017 cornerback commit Korey Hernandez.
— Connor Noland (@cnoland_13) September 18, 2016
Page continues to show big-play ability
Page is off to a torrid start through three games in his junior season at Robinson. He’s averaging just more than 50 yards per catch, with 7 receptions for 351 yards and 5 touchdowns at wide receiver. Several of those scores have come on short passes that Page turned into huge gains. He also has an interception and has made heavy hits at safety.
Arkansas is highly interested in Page despite not yet offering him. The reason behind the lack of an offer is not a major concern, nor is it considered a long-term issue. An offer to Page is expected soon, and sources have told SEC Country that Arkansas has a “slight lead” in his recruitment.
Here are the highlights from his junior season so far:
QB commit Hyatt makes critical play in win
Arkansas quarterback commit Daulton Hyatt helped Etowah High School (Attalla, Ala.) earn a 24-16 win against Alexandria (Ala.) High School last Friday.
With Etowah clinging to a 17-16 lead in the fourth quarter and facing fourth-and-7, Hyatt threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to give Etowah an 8-point lead. Maybe more impressive than the pass was Hyatt’s decision-making on the play. Etowah coach Drew Noles told the Gadsden Times that Hyatt went through his progression before throwing the touchdown to his third option.
Hyatt (6-4, 182) was 10 of 17 for 150 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 63 yards on 6 carries.
The final play on this highlight is the touchdown pass that helped seal the win:
Commit Warren in protective boot after injury
Arkansas 2017 athlete commit Devion Warren from Ouachita Parish High School (Monroe, La.) reportedly injured his left ankle and was forced to exit a game against Neville High School (Monroe, La.) last Friday.
Warren was placed in a walking boot, but the injury is not believed to be more than a sprain.
Warren (5-10, 170) plays quarterback for Ouachita Parish, but the 3-star recruit is expected to transition to wide receiver at Arkansas.
The star of the game in which Warren was injured turned out to be Neville’s Jaiden Cole, a 3-star 2017 athlete who has an offer from the Razorbacks. Cole reportedly rushed for 129 yards and 3 touchdowns on 14 carries as Neville won 26-14.
— Brett Hudson (@BHudsonTNS) September 17, 2016
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