Arkansas Lining up Help at Wide Receiver

By Otis Kirk

When Alpharetta (Ga.) Denmark Class of 2020 wide receiver Ze’Vian Capers opted to reopen his recruiting naturally Arkansas’ Justin Stepp was disappointed.

Capers is one of the top wide receivers in the nation and was Arkansas’ first commitment in the Class of 2020. However, Capers continued to take visits following his commitment and rumors had persisted he was likely to decommit. Those rumors became official on Friday when Capers tweeted out the news. 

Despite the loss of Capers, Arkansas is still in a position to continue restocking the talent level at wide receiver. The Razorbacks have commitments from a pair of Texans, Marshall’s Savion Williams and Austin Westlake’s Mason Mangum. 

On Thursday the Hogs offered Cibolo (Texas) Steele Daniel Jackson, 6-3, 191. As a junior, Jackson caught 66 passes for 1,044 yards and eight touchdowns while leading his team to an 8-4 record. Jackson is the younger brother of Oklahoma defensive lineman Mark Jackson.

He currently holds 23 scholarship offers. Among the ones in addition to the Razorbacks are USC, Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU, Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Kansas, North Carolina and many others. He took an unofficial visit to North Carolina on June 5. 

Some of the other 2020 wide receivers Arkansas is still on or have been linked to are Lufkin (Texas) High School’s Ja’Lynn Polk, Round Rock (Texas) High School’s Collin Sullivan, Memphis (Tenn.) Central’s Darin Turner, Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington’s Javian Hester, Clinton (Miss.) High School’s E. Jai Mason and Magnolia (Miss.) South Pike’s Alex Adams in addition to others. 

Arkansas has signed six wide receivers in the first two years of Chad Morris at Arkansas. Michael Woods was in his first class and played as a true freshman in 2018. He caught 18 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown. 

The Hogs also added Kansas grad transfer Chase Harrell in the first class. He caught four passes for 60 yards as a junior. He has shifted to tight end for the 2019 season.

Arkansas added Trey Knox, Treylon Burks, Shamar Nash and T.Q. Jackson in the Class of 2019. All are freshmen. Knox and Nash went through spring drills after enrolling at midterm. In the spring game, Knox was the leading receiver grabbing three passes for 57 yards including a 45-yard touchdown from Ben Hicks. Nash caught one pass for 48 yards. 

Among the scholarship upperclassmen on the roster are senior Deon Stewart, juniors Jordan Jones and De’Vion Warren and sophomore Koilan Jackson. Among the walk-on players are true freshman John David White, senior Jimmie Stoudemire, sophomore Tyson Morris, redshirt freshmen Peyton Ausley and Jackson Salley, another true freshman who went through spring ball.