Chad Morris and his staff have hit the ground running at Arkansas as far as recruiting. No staff in recent memory has been this aggressive on the recruiting trail.
Morris said at his initial press conference recruiting would be a priority and it has been. The staff is up to 14 commitments for 2019 and more could follow soon.
Here’s five thoughts about Arkansas recruiting as it stands on July 27.
- The defensive line is a priority and it’s paying off in a big way. They currently have four defensive ends and two defensive tackles pledged to them. There’s a strong chance they add another interior defensive lineman on Sunday, August 5, when Mansfield (Texas) Legacy announces his decision. Enoch Jackson has narrowed his list down to Arkansas, Texas Tech and Clemson. My gut feeling is he chooses the Razorbacks. His announcement will come at 3 p.m.
- Arkansas offered nine in-state prospects in 2019. They currently have commitments from three of them. Joe T. Robinson defensive end Zach Williams, Rison cornerback Malik Chavis and Warren defensive tackle Marcus Miller are in the fold. I think Arkansas is in good shape for Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry, Warren wide receiver Treylon Burks and probably Bentonville West outside linebacker Kendall Young. Bentonville West also has Jadon Jackson and it depends on how much he wants to play wide receiver if he goes to Arkansas. The Hogs are looking at him as an athlete who will likely play in the secondary. I don’t think the Hogs get either Camden Fairview offensive lineman Stacey Wilkins or Jonesboro’s Darius Thomas. If I had to guess I would say Oklahoma on Wilkins and probably Auburn on Thomas.
- With 14 commitments what is left for the Hogs in this class? I would say 1-2 running backs. Another wide receiver, a tight end, 2-3 more offensive linemen, 1-2 more defensive linemen, 1-2 more linebackers, 2 cornerbacks and 1 safety. Something along those lines.
- The commitment breakdown by states is Arkansas (3), Texas (5), Florida (2), Mississippi (1), Alabama (1), Oklahoma (1) and Georgia (1).
- How did the Woo Pig Nic BBQ go? A source told me that Arkansas got the commitments they were expecting and moved from first base to third on several others. In other words they helped themselves tremendously with some and moved closer to getting a verbal pledge from that group. The Hogs are gonna be in great shape for the early signing period this year as opposed to last season when Coach Morris had to scramble to recruit and form a staff. The early signing period definitely favors coaches who are in place and not taking a new job. Huge advantage for Morris compared to last year.