Justin Stepp, Arkansas Building Talented Group of Wide Receivers

By Otis Kirk

Arkansas’ Justin Stepp coaches the wide receivers at Arkansas. He, along with Chad Morris and Joe Craddock, is making Arkansas a prime destination for wide receivers.

Arkansas signed four wide receivers in the Class of 2019 and added a talented preferred walk-on as well. Arkansas was the only school in the nation to sign four Top 50 wide receivers in 2019.

 

They signed Warren’s Treylon Burks, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman’s Trey Knox, Jefferson (Texas) High’s TQ Jackson and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s Shamar Nash. In addition, Pulaski Academy’s John David White is a preferred walk-on who turned down scholarship offers to attend Arkansas.

Burks was a four-star recruit by all the major recruiting services. ESPN rates him the No. 11 wide receiver in the nation. He was injured early in his senior season. Yet, he still caught eight passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns. He was 4 of 7 passing for 137 yards and three touchdowns. He returned three punts for 88 yards. On defense, he had 17 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and a recovered one. He chose the Hogs over Florida State, Auburn, LSU, Clemson, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Michigan and others.

Knox also was rated a four-star by all the major recruiting services. Rivals rated him the No. 16 wide receiver in the nation. As a senior, Knox caught 35 passes for 558 yards and four touchdowns while rushing 34 times for 301 yards and five touchdowns. On defense, Knox had 19 tackles, 12 solo, five tackles for loss and three sacks. He chose the Hogs over Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State and others. 

Jackson is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals. They rank him the No. 42 wide receiver in the country. As a senior, Jackson caught 38 passes for 797 yards and 11 touchdowns. He returned nine punts for 199 yards and two touchdowns. He chose the Hogs over Arizona, Missouri, Arizona State, Baylor, Purdue, TCU, Texas Tech and others.

Nash is rated a four-star by Rivals and 247Sports. He is rated the No. 41 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals. As a senior, caught nine passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. He chose the Hogs over Auburn, Florida, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and others. He and Knox enrolled at Arkansas at midterm and will go through spring drills.

White caught 86 passes for 1,732 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior while helping the Bruins to a state runner-up finish. White chose the Hogs over offers from UCA, Air Force and others. 

In addition to this impressive group, Stepp also added Arkansas’ first commitment in 2020. Alpharetta (Ga.) Denmark three-star Ze’Vian Capers, 6-4, 215, committed to Arkansas on Friday. He chose the Hogs over Clemson, South Carolina, Florida and others. As a junior, Capers caught 60 passes for 1,182 yards and 11 touchdowns while also rushing three times for 11 yards and a touchdown. On defense, Capers added 58 tackles, two tackles for loss, three pass breakups and one forced fumble. He also had two punt returns. 

Arkansas has been referred to as Tight End U and Running Back U, but the way Stepp is recruiting it may be changed to Wide Receiver U very soon.

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