Hog Recruiting

Arkansas set for Big Recruiting Weekend

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - By Otis Kirk

Arkansas is set to host approximately seven official visitors this weekend as the Dec. 19-21 early signing period fast approaches.

The group will include four offensive linemen, a quarterback, wide receiver and then a linebacker-defensive end. Sardis (Miss.) North Panola quarterback KJ Jefferson, 6-3, 211, Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab offensive lineman Dylan Rathcke, 6-5, 295, Jefferson (Texas) wide receiver TQ Jackson, 6-2, 188, and Searcy offensive tackle Andrew Vest, 6-6, 310, are all committed to the Hogs. Vest has accepted a preferred walk-on offer from Arkansas. 

The three uncommitted prospects are Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College offensive tackle Chibueze Nwanna, 6-8, 320, Iowa Central Community College offensive tackle Myron Cunningham, 6-6, 300, and East Mississippi Community College outside linebacker-defensive end Sci Martin, 6-4,240.

The Razorbacks stand a very good chance of adding to its commitment total this weekend. Arkansas plans to sign 29 prospects in the Class of 2019 and currently have 23 public commitments as well as two private ones. 

The offensive line is a priority and one of the early targets was Nwanna. He is a midterm recruit and has the Hogs at the top of his list. Cunningham has seen his recruiting blow up in recent weeks since the Hogs offered. He is considering Oklahoma and others in addition to the Razorbacks. He too is a midterm enrollee. 

Arkansas currently has commitments from Tyler (Texas) Robert E. Lee's Beaux Limmer, 6-5, 270, Jenks (Okla.) High School's Brady Latham, 6-5, 287, and Rathcke on the offensive line as well as the PWO pledge from Vest. Arkansas is also seeking to get Shiloh Christian offensive lineman Logan Kallesen, 6-4, 295, as a preferred walk-on. Adding Nwanna and/or Cunningham would be big. The Hogs want to sign them both.

Martin played his high school football at New Orleans (La.) McDonogh 35 and signed with LSU in the Class of 2016. He battled injuries while at LSU and left to play at East Mississippi Community College this season. He finished with 36 tackles, 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He is considered a very good pass rusher. 

Jefferson had a very good senior season. However, he battled an ankle injury late in the season thus limiting him in the playoffs. Jefferson completed 166 of 245 passes for 3,180 yards, 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed 115 times for 916 yards and seven touchdowns. 

Jackson also enjoyed a good senior season. He caught 33 passes for 753 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed twice for nine yards and a touchdown. He returned nine punts for 199 yards. On defense, Jefferson finished with 14 tackles, 11 unassisted, two tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions. 


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