By Otis Kirk
Arkansas’ football recruiting is on a positive roll and it appears there’s no slowing down anytime soon. There’s some very important dates to watch in coming days and weeks as far as the Class of 2019.
Thursday, Oct. 11, at noon is when Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry will announce his college decision. Henry is the son of Mark Henry and the younger brother of Hunter and Hayden. Mark and Hunter played for the Hogs and Hayden is a sophomore linebacker there now.
Hudson will choose between Arkansas, Stanford, Wisconsin, Penn State and Clemson. He was at Stanford this past weekend. He obviously has been to Arkansas countless times through the years, this summer and football season as well.
Arkansas has targeted Henry as their tight end in this class. The emergence of Cheyenne O’Grady has illustrated to Henry how the tight end position can thrive in Chad Morris’ offense. He has caught 10 passes the past two games including two for touchdowns.
The Bruins are 5-1 this season. In the six games, Henry has 39 receptions for 504 yards and five touchdowns. Henry is a 5-star recruit with the Hogville.net rankings.
Next up is Mansfield (Texas) Legacy defensive lineman Taurean Carter. He will go public with his decision on Wednesday, Oct. 24.
He was at Arkansas this past weekend for an official visit. He also came to the game when the Hogs hosted North Texas on an unofficial visit. His teammate, defensive lineman Enoch Jackson, is already committed to the Hogs.
Carter will announce his decision between Arkansas, Michigan State and Wisconsin. Mansfield Legacy has battled injuries this season. They are currently 2-3 and face Highland Park this week. In four games, Carter has 17 tackles, three for loss and a sack.
On Nov. 10 the Hogs will host a trio of talented recruits for official visits when the Hogs host LSU. The recruits are New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr cornerback Devin Bush, Camden Fairview offensive tackle Stacy Wilkins and Harvey (La.) West Jefferson cornerback Gregory Brooks Jr. Wilkins is committed to Oklahoma while Brooks has given a pledge to Mississippi State. All three of those prospects are national recruits.
The Razorbacks have also targeted some of the nation’s top junior college players. Fullerton (Calif.) College linebacker Caleb Johnson is supposed to visit for the Tulsa game on Oct. 20. It appears he and Dyersburg (Tenn.) High’s Chris Russell are two of Arkansas’ key targets at linebacker. Johnson is committed to Iowa State and Russell to Memphis.
The Hogs are also lining up visits with some of the best junior college offensive tackles nationally. Among them are Iowa Central’s Myron Cunningham (6-6, 300), Navarro (Texas) College’s Josh Cooper (6-6, 340), Lackawanna (Pa.) College’s Chibueze Nwanna (6-7, 315) and Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College’s Josh Donovan (6-5, 330). The Hogs also hosted Saddleback College’s Tim Anderson (6-5, 280) this past weekend for an official visit.
The Hogs are looking for good size at the offensive tackle spots. Donovan is slated to officially visit for the Tulsa game. Nwanna is slated to come in the first weekend in December for an official. Cunningham is a midterm transfer and the Hogs are trying to make sure they get the final visit before he makes a decision.
Arkansas also hosted Mansfield Legacy safety Jalen Catalon for an official visit this past weekend. He is considering Texas, TCU and Oklahoma in addition to the Hogs.
Morris and his staff are working the recruiting trail extremely hard and it appears it will continue to pay off with some of the best in the nation heading to Fayetteville to join an already outstanding class.