Arkansas Football Recruiting Notepad, Including Kelly Bryant Update

By Otis Kirk

Arkansas enters the bye week with 23 public commitments leaving six open spots in the Class of 2019.

Some confusion has entered the picture with some on Arkansas’ recruiting concerning how many they can sign. The NCAA allows a school to sign 25 players in one class. In addition, the NCAA allows a school to count back to the last class to use any unused scholarships.

Arkansas signed 21 last year so they are allowed to count back four scholarships thus giving them 29 for the Class of 2019. However, a school can only have 85 players on scholarship at once so Arkansas still has work to do to get down to that number by next summer when rosters have to be submitted to the NCAA. 

Also there has been some confusion on graduate transfers counting against the 25. Some think they only count against the 85-overall total, but that isn’t true. Wide receiver Chase Harrell was one of Arkansas’ 21 last year and if Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant were to choose the Hogs he will count against the 29 scholarships in Class of 2019.

A newspaper in South Carolina, The State, provided an update on Bryant following his Missouri visit. He will take an official visit to North Carolina this weekend and is possibly considering Mississippi State as well. 

Class of 2020

As noted this past weekend, the Hogs offered Bryant outside linebacker Catrell Wallace a scholarship. Wallace, 6-6. 205, joins Morrilton quarterback Jacoby Criswell, 6-2, 210, as prospects in Arkansas next year holding an offer to the Hogs. 

It will be interesting to see who else shows up on Arkansas’ radar in 2020 in the state. Hazen two-way end Blayne Toll, 6-5, 240, is one such possibility. Another is Dumas athlete Chris Harris, 5-11, 185. Jonesboro defensive end Jashaud Stewart, 6-2, 218, is another one who is having a good season. Springdale safety Jajuan Boyd, 6-0, 155, is a playmaker.

Ozark linebacker and end Bryant Burns, 6-3, 215, is one to watch as is Clarksville two-way lineman Michael Powell, 6-4, 295. Malvern isn’t very good this season, but offensive lineman Jason Lambel, 6-5, 315, has the size college recruiters like. Texas State has already extended him a scholarship. El Dorado offensive lineman Dalton Perdue, 6-6, 305, also has good size.

North Little Rock has an outstanding team this season and has some prospects being eyed by various schools. Other schools have prospects Hogville and Pig Trail Nation will be monitoring during the playoffs and into the offseason.

Finish to 2019

If the Hogs were to close with quarterback Bryant, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy safety Jalen Catalon, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr cornerback Devin Bush, Iowa Central offensive tackle Myron Cunningham, a linebacker and then either Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College offensive tackle Chibueze Nwanna or Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab offensive tackle Dylan Rathcke it would, on paper, be the best class in recent memory. 

Among the linebacker possibilities are Fullerton (Calif.) College’s Caleb Johnson, Dyersburg (Tenn.) High’s Chris Russell and Dodge City (Kan.) Community College’s Lakia Henry.