By Otis Kirk
Arkansas is preparing for a big recruiting weekend in Fayetteville this Saturday when LSU comes in for a night game.
Chad Morris and the Hogs should benefit from a 6:30 p.m. start as opposed to an 11 a.m. kickoff that has limited the number of prospects who could visit after playing on Friday night. Morris was asked about recruiting on Monday during his press conference.
“Huge weekend,” Morris said. “I’m excited about the game being at 6:30. I think it’s going to give our fans an opportunity to get into the stands and get loud and create a gameday environment that I’m excited to see. I have not coached in a game here at night. I’m excited about that. I think it’ll be great for our recruits. We’ll have lots of recruits on campus, several official visitors on campus.”
At this time, Arkansas expects three official visitors and a long list of unofficial visits. The official visitors will include Rison defensive back Malik Chavis who committed to the Hogs on March 10. Also, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr cornerback Devin Bush and Harvey (La.) West Jefferson cornerback Gregory Brooks Jr. are slated to visit officially. Bush has the Hogs high on his list while Brooks is committed to Mississippi State.
Kentwood (La.) High School 2020 linebacker Bry’ce Cooper tweeted on Monday he will visit Arkansas Saturday as well.
University of Arkansas unofficial visit this weekend. #WPS
— Bry’ce Cooper (@bryce_cooper20) November 5, 2018
Several others have said they will be at Arkansas on Saturday as well including Tyler (Texas) Robert E. Lee offensive lineman Beaux Limmer and Putnam City (Okla.) defensive end Colin Clay. Both are committed to the Hogs.
— Collin Clay (@THECOLLINCLAY) November 5, 2018
At this time the Razorbacks have 22 public commitments. They can sign 29 in this class with four counting back to 2018 when they only signed 21. Morris was asked what are the biggest needs in this class?
“Then moving forward, we’re always in an evaluation process with our staff,” Morris said of recruiting. “That’s every day. We’re always recruiting. But I think some of the big needs, and we all know, we’ve got to address team speed. That’s been since the day I got here. So we’ll continue to address team speed. Offensive and defensive line is always a big area. We’ll continue to push that.”
The early signing period is Dec. 19-21. Morris was asked what his expectations for that period is now?
“But I anticipate on Dec. 19 to sign the majority of our class,” Morris said. “I don’t think we’ll get them all signed on the 19th, but I think we’ll sign a majority of them on Dec. 19.”
John Chavis, Arkansas’ defensive coordinator was on the road recruiting Friday night.
“In terms of last week I had an opportunity to do some recruiting,” Chavis said. “I can’t talk about recruiting, but certainly I had an opportunity to do that.”
Chavis went to see Dyersburg (Tenn.) High School linebacker Chris Russell play. Russell holds an offer from the Hogs. Chavis then discussed what he did when he got back home early Saturday morning.
“I didn’t get back in until 2:30 (a.m.)” Chavis said. “I was in bed by 3:35 Saturday morning. I slept a little bit Saturday morning even though I got up at 5:45. I slept for about an hour and half or two. But at 5:45 I was up.
“I was home by myself so I walked around the house. I looked at things. I made myself a pork chop sandwich that my wife had cooked and put it in the freezer. All I had to do was put it in the microwave. I had a pork chop sandwich at about 6:15 or 6:30. Then I laid back down for a couple of hours and said I wasn’t gonna look at any football. I did, kinda missed it a little bit, but I watched a whole lot of football. I didn’t leave the house though…stayed there.”