Arkansas Football Feb. 1 Recruiting Notebook

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By Otis Kirk

Arkansas will host its second Prospect Day on Saturday. Among the prospects headed to Fayetteville is Forrest City 2022 running back Daryl Searcy Jr., 6-0, 180; 

Searcy was going to attend the one last weekend, but was sick so he had to reschedule. Searcy is one of the top prospects in the Class of 2022 in Arkansas.

Anna (Texas) safety Abner Dubar, 6-1, 175, is slated to be in Fayetteville as well. He recently attended a Prospect Day at Florida. Illinois State offered him on Jan. 9.

A few prospects holding Arkansas offers are slated to be at Arkansas on Saturday. Tyler (Texas) John Tyler 2020 running back Kitan Crawford, 5-10, 180, holds an Arkansas offer.

As a junior, Crawford carried 21 times for 269 yards and two touchdowns while also catching three passes for 78 yards and another score. On defense, Crawford added 30 tackles, 18 solo, two interceptions, 12 pass breakups and returned five kickoffs for 78 yards.

Crawford was offered by Arkansas on Jan. 21. He also holds offers from Baylor, Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Houston, Arkansas State and Louisiana Tech. He is a three-star recruit with the recruiting services.

Cordova (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian 2021 offensive lineman Dietrick Pennington, 6-5, 280, is slated to be in Fayetteville. 

Plano (Texas) John Paul II 2021 wide receiver Jerand Bradley, 6-5, 190, caught 45 passes for 866 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore. He was offered by Arkansas on Jan. 24. 

Bradley also holds offers from Colorado, William & Mary, Howard and Illinois State. His last two offers have been from the Hogs and Colorado. TCU and others may be close to jumping into the mix for him.

Port Neches-Groves (Texas) Class of 2020 offensive lineman Jaylen Garth, 6-4, 285, is one of the top recruits in Texas in his class. He will be at Arkansas on Saturday. He was offered by Arkansas on May. 1 and was his second offer. Texas A&M was the first. Others who have offered are Alabama, Texas, LSU, Nebraska, Houston, Utah, Ohio State, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and Baylor. 

Southlake (Texas) Carroll 2022 quarterback Quinn Ewers, 6-3, 190, was offered by Arkansas on Jan. 28. He is one of the first recruits in 2022 to receive an offer from the Hogs.

He also holds offers from Michigan and Ohio State. Ewers has a very strong arm as evidenced by this 73-yard pass.

Back to 2019 recruiting, Arkansas coach Chad Morris along with some offensive assistants will be in the home of Phenix City (Ala.) Central running back A’Montae Spivey today. Spivey is committed to Arkansas, but took a visit to Ole Miss this past weekend and the Rebels reportedly made a strong impression.

If Spivey were to flip to Ole Miss that would put the Hogs in a bit of a bind at running back because he is the only one the Hogs took in this class. The returning scholarship running backs include a senior, Devwah Whaley, and then three juniors in Chase Hayden, Rakeem Boyd and T.J. Hammonds. 

Arkansas is also in a battle to keep Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman cornerback Adonis Otey. Mark Smith was in to see Otey on Wednesday and the Hogs are battling USC and Ole Miss to get his signature on Feb. 6. 

Arkansas is also hoping to get some good news from Dyersburg (Tenn.) High’s Chris Russell and Dodge City (Kan.) Community College’s Lakia Henry at linebacker. Arkansas is battling Texas A&M and Tennessee for Russell while taking on Texas, Ole Miss and Florida State for Henry.

National Signing Day is Wednesday. Arkansas is hoping to sign seven prospects. They are expected to sign Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry, Warren wide receiver Treylon Burks and Mansfield (Texas) Legacy safety Jalen Catalon. 

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