Arkansas currently has three in-state prospects committed to its 2017 recruiting class, and all are at high-priority positions for the Razorbacks.
Koilan Jackson (Joe T. Robinson, Little Rock, Ark.) is committed at wide receiver, where Arkansas is losing six seniors after next season.
Offensive lineman Kirby Adcock (Nashville, Ark.) is one of two commits at an always-crucial position for Arkansas’ run-first offense. The Razorbacks will likely look to land at least two more offensive linemen in the class.
Jarrod Barnes (Cabot, Ark.) adds some versatility to the current list of 15 commitments. A quarterback at Cabot, Barnes could play several positions for the Razorbacks with wide receiver being the most likely.
Assuming those three players sign with Arkansas, here’s a look at an obvious choice and an under-the-radar prospect from within state lines the Razorbacks could also land in the Class of 2017.
MUST: Montaric Brown, 4-star DB, Ashdown
The top player in the state and the No. 17 safety nationally for the 2017 class, Brown is a high priority for Arkansas.
He listed his top seven schools as — alphabetically — Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in early May. Last season, he had 112 tackles and five interceptions, returning three for touchdowns.
Having a talent like Brown (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) leave the state, especially to a SEC rival, would certainly serve as one of the biggest disappointments for the Razorbacks’ 2017 class.
Furthermore, landing Brown could help give Arkansas the inside track to signing one of his Ashdown teammates in 2018: rising junior wide receiver Laddarius Bishop.
Brown recently visited Fayetteville during the Razorbacks’ high school camp and appears very well connected with the coaching staff. He plans to announce his college choice on Aug. 24, his birthday.
UNDER THE RADAR: David Porter, unrated DE, Joe T. Robinson (Little Rock)
Porter has been somewhat overlooked among the in-state recruits despite holding offers from Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe and Memphis.
Sources have told SEC Country the 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end is beginning to receive extra interest from Arkansas assistants Barry Lunney, Jr., and Rory Segrest. An offer could be coming from the Razorbacks, but they may need to move quick as Porter has reportedly been building a strong relationship with Kansas State.
Extending an offer to Porter could also help Arkansas deepen its pipeline into Robinson High. The Razorbacks signed do-everything standout T.J. Hammonds in the 2016 class, have Jackson committed for 2017 and have already shown interest in wide receiver Nathan Page and defensive end/tight end Hunter Swoboda from the 2018 class. Porter had 91 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks for Robinson last season.
The Razorbacks already have defensive lineman Ryder Anderson committed for 2017, but they’re set to lose five seniors on the defensive front after next season. The addition of Porter would provide some needed depth.
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