By Otis Kirk
Arkansas didn’t get a couple of prospects on Wednesday they thought were heading to Fayetteville, but they did keep Phenix City (Ala.) Central running back A’Montae Spivey.
He gave the Hogs his word with a commitment on Aug. 6 and honored that with his signature on the first day of the late signing period. Count Chad Morris among those elated he signed with the Razorbacks.
“A’Montae Spivey, a running back from Central High School in Phenix City, Alabama, a traditional powerhouse and won a state championship this year,” Morris said. “Absolutely a dominant program in that state. I’ve got great connections there and this definitely continues to open up a pipeline to get kids out of the state of Alabama and I’m extremely excited about him. 6-1, 208 running back, a big, physical back. We are excited about.”
As a senior, Spivey rushed 179 times for 1,335 yards and 17 touchdowns while also catching 10 passes for 124 yards and returned three kickoffs for 116 yards and a touchdown.
Spivey chose not to sign early with Arkansas and took an official visit to Ole Miss during the Jan. 25 weekend. Spivey was the only running back signed by Morris and the Hogs in this class.
“Well, you know it’s – when you’re recruiting, you’re on guys that everybody else is after too,” Morris said. “We felt like our relationship in that school was strong. We felt like our relationship with he and his family. Coach (Jeff) Traylor and Coach (Joe) Craddock did a fabulous job with him. At the end of the day, you just continue to work and continue to visit and share our vision.
“And I’ve said it before, If I have to beg you to come here, then I’m going to have to beg you to play on third-and-short. And I’m not going to beg you for that. And so we want people that want to be here and want to make an impact on this program.”
Spivey will join a backfield that includes senior Devwah Whaley and juniors Rakeem Boyd, Chase Hayden and T.J. Hammonds.
Running back will obviously be a priority in the Class of 2020. Arkansas has already offered several running backs who are currently juniors.
Among the running backs who have received offers are Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne’s Jaden Hullaby, 6-2, 205; Tulsa (Okla.) Edison’s Sevion Morrison, 5-11, 188; Owasso (Okla.) High’s Isaiah Jacobs, 5-10, 193; Round Rock (Texas) Cedar Ridge’s Chris “Deuce” Vaughn, 5-7, 170; and Batesville (Miss.) South Panola’s Janari Dean, 6-0, 175.