Arkansas Football Recruiting Notebook

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By Otis Kirk

Arkansas still has at least two scholarships available in the Class of 2019. They will host one of their two key targets for a vitwo sit this weekend.

Dyersburg (Tenn.) linebacker Chris Russell, 6-2, 220, will take his official visit to see the Razorbacks this weekend. Tennessee is the main competition and he will be there next weekend. 

Russell was a standout two-way player for Dyersburg this season. This season on defense he had 112 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and two recovered ones. On offense, he rushed for 776 yards and 16 touchdowns while catching five passes with one going for another score.

Russell visited Texas A&M the weekend of Jan. 11 and was supposed to be at Auburn last week, but opted to cancel. At one time he was a verbal pledge to Memphis.

Visiting Elsewhere

Some recruits committed or connected to Arkansas are taking official visits elsewhere this weekend. Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman cornerback Adonis Otey, 5-11, 180, is at USC this weekend. He is slated to head to Ole Miss next weekend. He was originally slated to see the Trojans next weekend. Otey committed to the Hogs on Oct. 1.

Phenix City (Ala.) Central running back A’Montae Spivey, 6-1, 200, committed to Arkansas on Aug. 6, but he is at Ole Miss this weekend. Spivey is Arkansas’ lone running back pledge in this class and are trying to hang onto him. The current scholarship running backs at Arkansas are one senior and three juniors returning. So adding a younger running back in this class is basically a must.

As a senior, Spivey held lead his team to an undefeated season and state title. He rushed 179 times for 1,335 yards and 17 touchdowns while also catching 10 passes for 124 yards. He returned three kickoffs for 116 yards. 

Another linebacker target for Arkansas is Dodge City (Kan.) Community College’s Lakia Henry, 6-1, 225. He too will be at Ole Miss this weekend. He was at Texas last weekend and has already seen Arkansas. Florida State is the other school in the mix. In 2018, Henry finished with 77 tackles, 50 unassisted, three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

Help Wanted

Assuming the five commitments they have now who haven’t signed stay solid the Hogs would be very happy to add Henry and Russell at linebacker. 

The lone linebacker they signed early is a good one, but the Hogs would like to have more than one in this class. Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Travis’ Zach Zimos, 6-4, 210, finished his senior season with 98 tackles, including 80 unassisted, six tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, two recovered fumbles and a blocked punt.

What If

Arkansas has added SMU grad transfer Ben Hicks, 6-2, 225, and Sardis (Miss.) North Panola’s KJ Jefferson, 6-3, 211, at quarterback in the Class of 2019.

The question now is if they have an extra scholarship would they possibly try to get Virginia Tech grad transfer Josh Jackson, 6-1, 215? He has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Jackson had a big season in 2017 when he started 13 games. He completed 236 of 396 passes for 2,991 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also rushed 124 times for 324 yards and six touchdowns. In 2018 he was injured and limited to three games. He competed 36 of 58 passes for 575 yards, five touchdowns and an intercepiton. He also rushed 20 times for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Jackson is a dual-threat quarterback who signed with the Hokies out of Ann Arbor (Mich.) Saline in the Class of 2016. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2016. 

He and Chad Morris follow each other on Twitter. 

Prospect Day

Arkansas will host its first Prospect Day on Saturday. The event is for prospects in the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022. 

Arkansas will host prospects from inside the state, Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi as well as possibly elsewhere. 

Cedar Hill (Texas) 2020 wide receiver Quin Bright, 5-9, 161, and Batesville (Miss.) South Panola 2020 running back Janari Dean, 6-0, 175, are among the out-of-state standouts headed to Fayetteville. Also Carthage (Texas) High School’s pair of 2020 athlete Kelvontay Dixon, 5-11, 170, and 2020 offensive tackle Ty’kieast Crawford, 6-6, 310, also are slated to be in Fayetteville. 

Several in-state recruits will also be present. 

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