By Otis Kirk
Arkansas coach Chad Morris and his assistants have extensive recruiting ties in Texas and they are taking advantage of them.
The Hogs have nine recruits from Texas in the Class of 2019 after adding six in 2018 which was Morris’ first class. If early indications are to be believed that number will be increasing in the Class of 2020 as well.
Arkansas currently has three public commitments and while none are from Texas that could be changing in coming days, weeks and months. The Hogs are all over Texas in the 2020 class and a good haul could be coming.
At quarterback, Arkansas is on Highland Park’s Chandler Morris (6-0, 170) and Longview’s Haynes King (6-3, 180). Both led their high school squads to state titles this year. Chandler is Morris’ son. Both he and King are being sought by several schools.
The Razorbacks are expected to add a couple of running backs in the upcoming class. They are several from Texas. Among the Texans who are looking hard at Arkansas are Dallas Bishop Dunne’s Jaden Hullaby (6-2, 205), Tyler John Tyler’s Kitan Crawford (5-10, 180), Houston North Shore’s John Gentry (5-10, 180), Chris “Deuce” Vaughn (5-7, 170), Waco Connally’s Jayveon Sunday (5-10, 190), Houston Sterling’s Frank Brown (6-0, 180) and West Mesquite’s Ty Jordan (5-8, 180). It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Hogs adding one from that list.
Justin Stepp is always looking for some wide receivers who can help the Hogs. Texas has some who are interested in the Razorbacks. Lufkin’s Ja’Lynn Polk (6-2, 175) was just at Arkansas on March 9 and will return on an official visit the weekend of the April 6 spring game.
Among the other wide receivers from Texas considering Arkansas are Marshall’s Savion Williams (6-4, 195), Round Rock’s Collin Sullivan (6-1, 184) and Henderson’s Caleb Meford (6-3, 185). Arkansas could add two or three at this position from the Lone Star State.
At tight end, Arkansas has four in Texas who have made it to a Prospect Day. They are McKinney North’s Brandon Frazier (6-7, 231), Crockett’s Allen Horace (6-4, 218), Plano John Paul II’s Donovan Johnson (6-5, 218) and Dallas Bishop Dunne’s Allen Yelverton (6-5, 225). Horace will come back on April 13 for an official visit.
On the offensive line, Arkansas is in seemingly great shape for Carthage’s Ty’kieast Crawford (6-6, 310). He has been to a pair of Prospect Days including the March 9 one. He decommitted from Baylor and the Hogs are the leaders.
Athens’ Garrett Hayes (6-5, 275) was at Arkansas for an unofficial visit on March 13 while observing the last practice before the spring break. Hayes has offfers from all over the nation.
Others in Texas seemingly with Hogs in the mix are Colleyville Heritage’s Gavin Byers (6-5, 255) and maybe League City Clear Creek’s Chad Lindberg (6-6, 306).
On the defensive line, Arkansas is trying to land Highland Park defensive end Prince Dorbah (6-4, 210) who is a teammate of Morris. Texas and others will be hard to beat, but the Hogs are on him hard.
Duncanville defensive tackle James Mitchell (6-1, 270) is being recruited by Mark Smith and visited the Hogs on March 9. He would be a nice addition inside and the Hogs are definitely in the mix. There are others from Texas on the defensive line, but those may be the pair they have the best shot at landing. There are a few defensive lineman from Texas the Hogs haven’t offered but if they do they obviously improve their chances.
Arkansas is needing linebackers in the Class of 2020. Dallas Bishop Dunne’s Brennon Scott (6-2, 220) was at Arkansas on March 9, but the Hogs are still longshots to land him. Time will tell if they can improve their standing there. Arkansas is on a few more linebackers in Texas as well.
In the secondary, Arkansas is making a very hard push for safeties Jerrin Thompson (6-0, 172) from Lufkin and Carrollton Hebron’s Darius Snow (6-1, 216). Thompson was at Arkansas on March 9 and both he and Snow are slated to officially visit for the spring game.
Little Elm cornerback Ryan Watts (6-3, 187) is scheduled to officially visit Arkansas the May 3 weekend. Arkansas is also in the mix for Arlington cornerback Jahari Rogers (6-0, 170). There are others in Texas who if they visit the Hogs will possibly move up their list.