Hogville.net recently composed a star system and ranked each Arkansas commitment. Today, a long list of known targets have also been given a star ranking.
I am giving no more preference to a prospect who has an Alabama or Texas or Notre Dame offer than one holding one from the Razorbacks. Once again, recruiting isn’t an exact science. Look at the NFL teams who miss on top draft picks after spending a lot of money to scout them and access to all their medical records and the such.
Here is an explanation of each ranking.
5 Stars – A stud, chance to start Day 1 in college.
4.5 Stars – Just a notch below a 5-star but still should be an impact player in college pretty early in his career.
4.0 Stars – A definite impact player. Probably projects to a 3-4 year starter depending on his position and where he goes to college. The depth chart at his college, but an outstanding player.
3.5 Stars – Someone who could redshirt his freshman season but has the talent to play if needed. Should translate to a three-year starter if he is in right system and certainly could start two years.
3 Stars – A solid college prospect who may lack a step of speed or some size to not be rated higher. But still solid and likely to start 2-3 years in college.
2.5 Stars – A prospect who probably needs to redshirt as a freshman. Maybe he will spend a year or two on the scout team, but has a chance to start a couple of years and maybe more. So much of how many years one starts depends on how deep the particular school is at his position. Has some work to do to be ready to make an impact in college.
Here’s a position-by-position look at each position where the Hogs are still known to possibly be targeting a player.
Darwin Barlow, RB, Newton (Texas) — 4 stars. TCU is making a strong push for this standout in East Texas as is Oklahoma State, Minnesota and many others. Arkansas offered early on. He officially visited Arkansas the June 7 week.
Aaron Young, RB, Coatesville Area (Pa.) — 3.5 stars. Good chance he follows his older brother to Rutgers. If not Penn State and others are involved. He officially visited the Hogs on June 3 week.
Ivory Winters, RB, Hayti (Mo.) — 3.5 stars. Committed to Indiana on April 20. He is slated to officially visit the Hogs for the Alabama game.
Trey Knox, WR, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman — 4.5 stars. Knox is slated to make his verbal commitment on Oct. 1. His teammate, cornerback Adonis Otey, has committed to the Hogs. He officially visited Arkansas the June 8 week. Tennessee and Florida among the others in hot pursuit. Hogs have legit shot here.
Jadon Jackson, WR-ATH, Bentonville West — 4 stars. Down to Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Missouri. Arkansas is recruiting him as an athlete.
Hudson Henry, TE, Pulaski Academy — 5 stars. The younger brother of Hunter and Hayden Henry. His brother won the Mackey Award in 2015 at Arkansas. Hudson has similar potential. Hogs, Stanford, Wisconsin, Penn State and Clemson made the cut for final five. Stanford has made a very favorable impression, but Arkansas is the team to beat in my opinion. If Arkansas uses the tight end they should land this standout and Chad Morris will definitely use that position.
Melvin McBride, OG, Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven — 3.5 stars. Made his Hudl private so hard to give him a fair evaluation. Arkansas, Tennessee, Memphis, Indiana and Louisville made the cut to five.
Tim Anderson, OT, Saddleback (Calif.) College — 3.5 stars. I like him. He visits Arkansas for the Alabama game. He plays right tackle at Saddleback. Has already been to Louisville for an official visit. Expect it to come down to those two schools.
Chibueze Nwanna, OT, Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College — 3.5 stars. Plays left tackle for his junior college team. He’s from Maryland. It appears Louisville and Maryland may be on top with Arkansas still trying to position itself for him. Will be interesting to see how all the latest at Maryland plays into his decision.
Bamidele Olaseni, OT, Garden City (Kan.) Community College — 4 stars. A left tackle for his junior college team. Is from London, England. At 6-8 would make a nice pass blocker with his long arms. Should have tremendous upside at next level.
Josh Donovan, OT, Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College — 3 stars. From College Station, Texas. Needs to have a strong season to attract a long list of offers. Arkansas opted to jump in early and it could payoff in time.
Brady Latham, OT, Jenks (Okla.) — 3 stars. Has several offers, but not the elite one yet. He has made a couple of trips to Arkansas. The Hogs haven’t offered, but if Latham has a strong start to his senior season he should attract more offers whether from, if not Arkansas, then some Power 5 schools.
Taurean Carter, DL, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy — 4 stars. Is expected to announce his decision Oct. 24. He currently has a Top 4 of Arkansas, Texas, Michigan State and Texas Tech. His teammate, Enoch Jackson, is committed to the Hogs. The trio from Legacy will visit Arkansas officially for the Alabama game.
Darius Hodges, LB, Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing — 3 stars. Has around 15 offers including one from the Hogs. Arkansas has one linebacker committed to this point.
Kendall Young, LB, Bentonville West — 3.5 stars. I like this kid. Almost made him a four-star. He has his decision down to Hogs, Missouri and Vanderbilt. I expect him to pick Arkansas or Missouri. Wears 24 because of Kobe Bryant.
Elias Neal, LB, Memphis (Tenn.) White Station — 3 stars. As a junior, finished with 90 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and four touchdowns. Active linebacker. Camped at Arkansas this summer.
Gregory Brooks Jr., CB, Harvey (La.) West Jefferson — 4 stars. Committed to Mississippi State on June 23. Will take an official visit to Arkansas the weekend of the LSU game (Nov. 9). Will be a great get for someone.
Jalen Catalon, S, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy — 4.5 stars. One of three prospects from his school being recruited by Mark Smith. The trio will be at Arkansas for an official visit weekend of Alabama game. He plays both quarterback and safety for high school team. Outstanding player. Arkansas, Texas and Clemson among the ones near top of list for him.
Raymond Woodie III, S, Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida State — 4.5 stars. His dad is an assistant with Florida State. Arkansas still trying to get a visit. Not sure they will be able to get that right now. I would expect he stays at home with the Seminoles.
Arkansas’ Commitment Rankings:
KJ Jefferson, QB, Sardis (Miss.) North Panola — 4-stars.
A’montae Spivey, RB, Phenix City (Ala.) Central — 3.5 stars.
TQ Jackson, WR, Jefferson (Texas) — 3.5 stars.
Treylon Burks, WR, Warren — 5 stars.
Shamar Nash, WR, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy — 4 stars.
Joseph Stone, OL, Gulf Breeze (Fla.) — 3 stars.
Beaux Limmer, OL, Tyler (Texas) Robert E. Lee — 3.5 stars,
Mataio Soli, DE, Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County — 4.5 stars.
Zach Williams, DE, Joe T. Robinson — 4 stars.
Collin Clay, DE, Putnam City (Okla.) — 4 stars.
Eric Gregory, DE, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy — 4 stars.
Marcus Miller, DT, Warren — 3.5 stars.
Carl Williams, DT, Lufkin (Texas) — 3.5 stars.
Enoch Jackson, DT, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy — 4 stars.
Zach Zimos, OLB, Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Travis — 4 stars.
Adonis Otey, CB, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman — 3.5 stars.
Malik Chavis, CB-ATH, Rison — 3.5 stars.
Myles Brooks, S, Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson — 4 stars.