By Otis Kirk
Arkansas is still recruiting for the Class of 2019, but they are also heavily involved in 2020 and beyond.
The Razorbacks have three scholarships available for 2019 and appear set to use one of them on Texas A&M grad transfer quarterback Nick Starkel. He will visit Arkansas on March 1-3 and sources indicate he could make a decision soon afterward.
But as far as 2020, Arkansas will still have some obvious needs following two recruiting classes for Chad Morris. Here’s a look at a few positions that could be a priority for Arkansas in 2020.
Arkansas has senior Devwah Whaley and juniors Rakeem Boyd, Chase Hayden and T.J. Hammonds plus incoming freshman A’Montae Spivey on scholarship. Arkansas has several offers out to running backs and it appears they could sign two or three in 2020. Morris likes to sign one running back each year, but 2020 could be the year he veers from that and adds more. The Hogs will host some of the running back targets on March 9 when Tulsa (Okla.) Edison’s Sevion Morrison, Owasso (Okla.) High’s Isaiah Jacobs, Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne’s Jaden Hullaby, Cedar Ridge (Texas) High’s Chris “Deuce” Vaughn and Houston (Texas) Sterling’s Frank Brown Jr. are all slated to make their way to Fayetteville that day. That’s a lot of talent and it’s important for the Hogs to land some of this group eventually. Arkansas has some other talented running back targets who will visit at another time including a few in junior college.
The Hogs will go through spring drills with two scholarship tight ends and have one coming in the summer. Cheyenne O’Grady will be a senior this fall so it’s very important the Hogs sign at least one and maybe two tight ends in 2020. Plano (Texas) John Paul II has already been to a prospect day at Arkansas. Some other key tight end targets are McKinney (Texas) North’s Brandon Frazier, Crockett (Texas) High’s Allen Horace and Dallas Bishop Dunne’s Elijah Yelverton. Arkansas also recently offered Grand Junction (Colo.) Central’s Kole Taylor.
Arkansas’ De’Jon Harris is a senior and the Hogs only have signed one linebacker in 2019 to this point. There’s always a possibility they could add another with one of the remaining scholarships. Regardless of if they add another one in 2019, it’s important the Hogs add some linebackers in 2020. It would seem they would need at least three. They will have some key 2020 targets on campus on March 9. Bryant’s Catrell Wallace can play outside linebacker or defensive end. He is a key target. Jonesboro’s Jashaud Stewart is probably more suited for defensive end, but could be an outside linebacker in some situations. The Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven pair of Martavius French and Bryson Eason will both visit that day. They are reportedly very high on Arkansas’ charts among the out-of-state linebackers. Pearland (Texas) Shadow Creek linebacker Jeremiah Harris also will be at Arkansas on March 9. Morris saw Harris in action when Shadow Creek faced his son’s Highland Park team in the state title game. Arkansas is on several other key linebackers who will visit at different times.
This is obviously not the only three positions where there is a big need in 2020, but it’s three that will have to be addressed with some of the scholarships.