Best Current Bets to close Arkansas’ Class of 2019

By Otis Kirk

Arkansas has 22 public commitments at this time for the Class of 2019.

The class currently includes one quarterback, a running back, four wide receivers, a tight end and two offensive linemen. On defense, there’s nine linemen, one linebacker, two cornerbacks and a safety. 

But the next question is how will they finish this class? It’s too early to know exactly how they will finish, but here’s a look at how they could.

Quarterback — Clemson grad transfer Kelly Bryant is the obvious candidate here. If the Hogs can get him it’s a no-brainer. If they miss on Bryant to North Carolina or some other school then they could stand pat or go for another older quarterback, either grad transfer or junior college. But Arkansas would be elated to have Bryant and KJ Jefferson as its two quarterbacks in this class. Bryant was at Arkansas for the Tulsa game.

Offensive Tackle — Arkansas is looking hard at adding to the two they have now. Among the top candidates are Iowa Central’s Myron Cunningham, Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College’s Chibueze Nwanna, Camden Fairview’s Stacy Wilkins and Baton Rouge (La,) University Lab’s Dylan Rathcke. All are tackles and any would be great additions. Don’t be surprised if Hogs try to land three of these. They are on others, but it seems these are the priorities at this time. Rathcke was at Arkansas’ game against Vanderbilt, but will return for an official visit. Wilkins is committed to Oklahoma, but is slated to visit Arkansas for the LSU game. Cunningham and Nwanna will be at Arkansas for official visits on Dec. 7-9.

Linebacker — The Hogs only have one in this class. They will likely try to add at least one more in this class. Among the candidates are Fullerton (Calif.) College’s Caleb Johnson, Dyersburg (Tenn.) High School’s Chris Russell and Dodge City (Kan.) Community College’s Lakia Henry. Johnson visited Arkansas officially for the Tulsa game. Henry is committed to Tennessee and Russell to Memphis. Hogs are still recruiting both with Henry one of Arkansas’ priorities.

Cornerback — Arkansas has two committed, but are still recruiting some others. New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr’s Devin Bush will visit officially for the LSU game. The Hogs are in the lead for him. Harvey (La.) West Jefferson’s Gregory Brooks Jr. is committed to Mississippi State. He is slated to visit the Hogs for the LSU game. Houston (Texas) Madison’s Bobby Wolfe has already officially visited Arkansas and he decommitted from Texas A&M on Sunday.

Safety– Arkansas already has commitments from two players at Mansfield (Texas) Legacy. They would like nothing more than add a third. Safety Jalen Catalon officially visited Arkansas with Taurean Carter and Enoch Jackson for the Alabama game. He has the Hogs, OU, Texas and TCU among his favorites. He’s slated to announce his decision in January.