Kirk: Five to watch inside state in the Class of 2020

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Class of 2020 in Arkansas isn’t getting much attention right now, but that stands to change with the 2018 season approaching.

Thus far, Arkansas has offered one inside the state for 2020 and that is Morrilton quarterback Jacolby Criswell. But more offers may come at a later date.

This class almost certainly won’t have the number of prospects getting Arkansas and SEC offers the one in 2019 did, but it is a group to keep an eye on.

Here’s five prospects to watch in 2020 (This isn’t meant to be a top 5 or anything, but instead just a random sampling of five prospects in the junior class in Arkansas).

Jacolby Criswell, QB, 6-2, 210, Morrilton

A dual-threat quarterback who helped guide the Devil Dogs to an 8-4 record in 2017. They are expected to contend for the Class 5A West title this season. Criswell is a big reason for the optimism around Morrilton. As a sophomore, Criswell completed 126 of 211 passes for 1,947 yards and 20 touchdowns with four interceptions. He also rushed 146 times for 969 yards and 14 touchdowns. In addition to the Hogs, he holds offers to Mississippi State, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Georgia, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Arkansas State, South Alabama, UCA and Seton Hill.

Blayne Toll, TE-DE, 6-5, 240, Hazen

Plays quarterback at Hazen. Will be recruited as an athlete. He currently holds offers to Louisville, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Rutgers, Southern Miss, Texas State and Carroll College. He holds a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in the classroom. He had 1,300 yards of total offense in 2017 while helping the Hornets to a 9-3 record. He is a force at defensive end for the Hornets. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Razorbacks offer as well. 

Catrell Wallace, OLB-DE, 6-6, 215, Bryant

A talented defender who will have a chance to play college football and probably at a very high level. He has great size and speed for his position. Reminds one of Kendall Young who is in the Class of 2019 at Bentonville West. Wallace is definitely one to watch this season. In 2017, Wallace had 33 tackles and three sacks. Wallace helped the Hornets to a 10-2 record last season.

Hunter Loyd, QB, 6-4, 190, Rogers

The son of Mounties coach Mike Loyd. The younger Loyd can play. He helped lead Rogers to a 5-6 record in a very tough 7A West in 2017. He passed for 2,200 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2017 while also rushing for 152 yards and seven touchdowns. He is a threat to run as well as pass. He passed for 312 yards and one touchdown plus rushed for two more scores in a 34-33 win at Siloam Springs last season.

Hunter Perdue, OT, 6-6, 305, El Dorado

This tall left tackle is not where he will get to in the future. Schools on him now are recruiting him for his potential. He has a lot of upside. His footwork is good for a lineman as large and young as he is. As noted he will only get better in the future. Definitely someone to watch going forward. The Wildcats were 9-2 last season and should be good again this fall.

There’s several other prospects in Arkansas who will be profiled in coming days and weeks. Once again this isn’t meant as a top 5. 

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