By Otis Kirk
Arkansas’ coaches are back on the recruiting trail today seeing prospects as the dead period has ended.
The Razorbacks signed 21 recruits in the early signing period leaving eight scholarship spots to be filled on Feb. 6. Arkansas has six commitments from prospects who didn’t sign early. Defensive coordinator John Chavis and secondary coach Mark Smith saw one of the six this morning as they checked in on Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman cornerback Adonis Otey.
Excited to be back out recruiting and start the day in Tennessee with @CoachJohnChavis can’t wait to see this young man this morning. I will finish up the day with some more great ones in Texas. #HogHuntin #Razorfast19 #WPS pic.twitter.com/QFk9iBeBq3— Mark Smith (@coachmarksmith) January 11, 2019
As a senior, Otey played both ways. On offense, he completed 8 of 14 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. He rushed 65 times for 667 yards and eight touchdowns while catching 13 passes for 380 yards and five touchdowns. He returned five kickoffs for 46 yards and three punts for 105 yards. On defense in spot duty, Otey had five tackles and an interception.
Following seeing Otey, Smith was off to Texas to see Mansfield Legacy safety Jalen Catalon along with a pair of defensive linemen, Enoch Jackson and Taurean Carter, who signed with the Hogs. Arkansas and Texas in a battle for Catalon. The talented safety was limited to one game as a senior duty to a knee injury. He played quarterback against Jenks (Okla.). In that game, Catalon completed 5 of 8 passes for 70 yards and one interception. He also rushed three times for 22 yards and a touchdown.
Smith will watch Highland Park play basketball tonight. There he will get to see two 2019 preferred walk-on offers, defensive back Hudson Clark and wide receiver Finnegan Corwin, as well as 2020 defensive end Prince Dorbah play.
Clark was given the PWO to Arkansas this week. This season, he had 40 tackles, including 31 unassisted, three tackles for loss, eight interceptions with one returned for a touchdown and six pass breakups. He also handled some kicking duties for the Scots. Corwin had 89 receptions for 1,682 yards and 16 touchdowns. Dorbah, who will be among the top recruits in Texas in 2020, finished 2018 with 86 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 21 sacks and 25 quarterback hurries as well as one pass breakup.
Chad Morris and Justin Stepp, who coaches the wide receivers, were in Alpharetta (Ga.) Denmark to check in on 2020 wide receiver Ze’Vian Capers. Stepp will stay and watch Capers play basketball tonight.
In 2018, Capers rushed three times for 11 yards and a touchdown while also catching 60 passes for 1,182 yards and 11 touchdowns. On defense, Capers had 58 tackles, two tackles for loss, three pass breakups and a forced fumble. He fair caught two punts as well.
Dodge City (Kan.) Community College linebacker target Lakia Henry excited Razorback fans on Thursday night when he tweeted out pictures of him wearing an Arkansas uniform. Henry visited Arkansas officially for the LSU game in November. He recently de-committed from Tennessee. Florida State, Texas and Ole Miss are among some of the schools battling the Hogs for Henry.
The Hogs signed one linebacker in the early signing period. They hope to sign two or three in this class.