Arkansas Recruiting Notebook: Recruits Making Visit, Seasons Underway as Well

Several of Arkansas’ commitments were in action this weekend. Some of them made the trip to Fayetteville to watch Arkansas’ opening win over Eastern Illinois as well.

Joe T. Robinson defensive end Zach Williams and the Senators defeated Rogers 35-14 on Friday night in That evened their record at 1-1. On Friday night, Williams had nine tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. The Senators got out to a 35-0 lead and then cruised to the victory.

Williams and his family were in Fayetteville on Saturday to watch the Hogs play. Williams is a four-star recruit who committed to the Hogs on July 5. He also played well in a season-opening loss to Springdale the previous week. 

Sardis (Miss.) North Panola four-star quarterback KJ Jefferson and his teammates lost their first game of the season on Friday night. Lafayette (Miss.) beat them 33-14. Jefferson completed 20 of 33 passes for 272 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed 19 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. They are now 2-1 on the season.

This past Thursday night, Jefferson (Texas) defeated Pittsburg (Texas) 44-25. In that game, Jefferson wide receiver TQ Jackson caught a pass for 15 yards, had a five-yard punt return and also made one tackle. Jefferson is now 1-0 on the season.

Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Travis four-star linebacker Zach Zimos defeated Fort Bend Hightower 37-30 also this past Thursday. Zimos finished the game with 13 tackles, including 10 unassisted, one tackle for loss, a quarterback hurry and one pass breakup. 

Overcoming Odds

Arkansas Baptist College safety Clarence Scott, 6-2, 195, is playing football this season for the first time since 2015. He came to ABC from New Orleans with the intention to play there and then transfer to a Division-I school.

Scott was diagnosed with diabetes at ABC and thus just was able to return to the field this season. He was one of the recruits at Arkansas on Saturday. Regardless of where Scott ends up, he is someone everyone is pulling for to be successful considering the apparent ability to overcome an illness.

Big One to Watch in Future

Clarksville’s Class of 2020 two-way lineman Michael Powell was among the recruits at Arkansas on Saturday. Powell, 6-4, 300, is capable of playing on either side of the football in college. 

It’s like Powell will be recruited by schools to play defensive tackle. Powell and Clarksville beat Paris 41-0 on Friday night. This Friday, Clarksville will be at Ozark. 

Offensive Linemen in Attendance

Among the offensive linemen visiting Arkansas on Saturday were Gulf Breeze (Fla.) three-star Joseph Stone, Shiloh Christian’s Logan Kallesen and Searcy’s Drew Vest. 

Stone is committed to the Hogs. Kallesen has a preferred walk-on offer to the Hogs while Vest is committed to UCA. 

Hoping to Stay Healthy

Fort Smith Southside linebacker Darin Davenport is a Class of 2019 recruit who has missed much of the past two seasons with ACL injuries. He has camped at Arkansas previously.

On Friday night, he helped lead Southside to a 44-31 victory over Bentonville West. Davenport was all over the field on defense. He picked off two passes including returning one 22 yards for a touchdown. Southside quarterback Taye Gatewood also had a big game. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown while also rushing 14 times for 59 yards and another score. 

 

 

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