Arkansas Razorback Recruiting Notebook

By Otis Kirk

Arkansas is positioning itself to have official visitors each time they are at home in Fayetteville the remainder of the season.

Arkansas will be in Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Oct. 20 to play host to Tulsa. At this time, they have a couple of junior college recruits slated to be in attendance for official visits. Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College offensive tackle Josh Donovan (6-5, 330) and Fullerton (Calif.) College linebacker Caleb Johnson (6-1, 215) are slated to visit. 

Johnson committed to Iowa State on June 15, but the Hogs and Ole Miss are among the schools that continued to recruit him. This season, Johnson has 15 tackles and 0.5 sacks.

Donovan was committed to North Texas out of high school, but chose to go to junior college. Arkansas is among the schools to extend an offer thus far. 

The LSU game on Nov. 10 will be the final home game of the season. That weekend has already seen three prospects say they will be in attendance. Two are committed elsewhere. Camden Fairview offensive tackle Stacey Wilkins (6-7, 280) is pledged to Oklahoma. Harvey (La.) West Jefferson conrnerback Gregory Brooks Jr. (5-11, 175) is committed to MIssissippi State while New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr cornerback Devin Bush (6-0, 187) is also slated to visit. All three of those players would help fill a need at Arkansas.

Offensive Line Help

Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College offensive tackle Chibueze Nwanna (6-8, 315) will be in Fayetteville Nov. 30. Nwanna has some impressive offers and expects to get more during the process.

He and Donovan are just two of the junior college offensive tackles being pursued by the Hogs. Saddleback (Calif.) Community Collegs’s Tim Anderson (6-5, 280) will be at Arkansas this weekend. A commitment isn’t out of the question for Anderson.

The Hogs are also trying to line up official visits with Iowa Central’s Myron Cunningham (6-6, 300) and Navarro (Texas) College’s Josh Cooper (6-6, 340).

Wilkins is an offensive tackle and one of the instate recruits still being sought by the Hogs. However, Oklahoma has made a strong impression on him and he may be hard to flip from the Sooners. 

Arkansas currently has commitments from Tyler (Texas) Lee’s Beaux Limmer (6-5. 270), Gulf Breeze (Fla.) High’s Joseph Stone (6-8, 354) and Jenks (Okla.) High’s Brady Latham (6-5, 287) for the offensive line. 

Hogs Trying to Flip Him

Duncanville (Texas) wide receiver-cornerback Marquez Beason (5-11, 175) is committed to Illinois, but Arkansas, Texas A&M and others are still recruiting him.

He previously played at Dallas Bishop Dunne, but is playing at Duncanville this season. Duncanville is undefeated on the season and will be at Dallas Skyline on Friday night in Forester Field. 

Beason is a 4-star recruit who sources indicate would get a look at wide receiver, cornerback, kick and punt returner if he came to Arkansas. In addition, the track program offered Beason a scholarship last week as well. Sources indicate Chad Morris is fine with Beason doubling in football and track if he attends Arkansas. 

Kelly Bryant

One interesting tidbit by Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman wide receiver Trey Knox when he committed to the Hogs on Monday was that Clemson graduate transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant could end up at Arkansas. Here’s the quote that Knox gave Cecil Joyce of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal.

“I feel like I can thrive in the offense they play,” said Knox, who plans to graduate in December and enroll at Arkansas in January. “They sling the ball around everywhere. In any game they can have at least two wide receivers with 100 yards. And, there’s a chance (former Clemson quarterback and transfer) Kelly Bryant could go there, and that would be even better.

“They said I could play as a (true) freshman. I can’t turn that down.”

Bryant left the Tigers after four games when Trevor Lawrence was named the starter. Bryant and Lawrence had previously split the snaps.

Bryant was recruited to Clemson by Morris, but then he left to become head coach at SMU so never actually coached him. Morris and Dabo Swinney remain close friends.

At Clemson, Bryant completed 311 of 470 passes for 3,338 yards and 16 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He rushed 257 times for 973 yards and 16 touchdowns. 

Clemson has granted Bryant his release so now he can start exploring new schools and choose where he will transfer to for his senior season. 

 

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