By Otis Kirk
Arkansas signed 21 players in the early signing period and then added former SMU quarterback Ben Hicks to bring the recruiting class to 22.
That leaves seven spots for the Class of 2019. Only Arkansas truly knows how they want to finish the class, but here’s a projection of what Hogville.net and Pig Trail Nation would consider the perfect finish.
Treylon Burks, WR, Warren
Committed to the Hogs on July 30. An injury shortened his senior season, but he is one of the best to ever come out of Warren. He caught eight passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns, rushed five times for 31 yards, completed 4-7 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns. On defense, had 17 tackles, one sack, a pass breakup, two forced fumbles, a recovered fumble and three punt returns for 85 yards. Will provide immediate help.
Hudson Henry, TE, Pulaski Academy
He chose the Hogs on Oct. 11. One of the best tight ends to ever come out of Arkansas. Has a chance to be in same sentence with Hunter Henry, D.J. Williams, Keith Jackson and others. As a senior, caught 94 passes for 1,309 yards and 14 touchdowns. Has a brother Hayden on the team. Younger brother of Hunter as well and also son of Mark Henry, who was a four-year letterman at Arkansas. Instant help for offense.
Jalen Catalon, S, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy
Committed to the Razorbacks this past Friday. Chose them over Texas, TCU and Oklahoma. Also saw his senior season cut short because of injury. In the one game he played, Catalon completed 5-8 passes for 70 yards and an interception. He rushed three times for 22 yards and a touchdown. It was his junior season when he was healthy that Catalon showed what he’s capable of doing. On offense, he completed 61-116 passes for 1,120 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. He rushed 104 times for 919 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught a pass for 23 yards. On defense, he had 93 tackles, 70 unassisted, six tackles for loss, three interceptions, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. He returned nine punts for 110 yards and a touchdown. Also will play immediately.
A’Montae Spivey, RB, Phenix City (Ala.) Central
He committed to the Razorbacks on Aug. 6. Spivey opted to not sign early and will take an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. He’s the only running back in the Class of 2019 and Arkansas has a big need for a young one in this class. Devwah Whaley is a senior while T.J. Hammonds, Rakeem Boyd and Chase Hayden are all juniors. As a senior, Spivey rushed 179 times for 1,335 yards and 17 touchdowns, caught 10 passes for 124 yards and then returned three kickoffs for 116 yards. It’s important the Hogs hang onto Spivey.
Adonis Otey, CB, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman
Otey committed to the Razorbacks on Oct. 1. He too didn’t sign early and is now considering Ole Miss, Mississippi State and USC. He will see the Trojans on Feb. 1. His teammate, wide receiver Trey Knox, is enrolled at Arkansas. As a senior, Otey completed 8-14 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, rushed 65 times for 667 yards and eight touchdowns and then caught 13 passes for 380 yards and five touchdowns. He had a kickoff return for 46 yards, three punt returns for 105 yards and then in limited time on defense finished with five tackles and an interception.
Lakia Henry, LB, Dodge City (Kan.) Community College
Isn’t committed to anyone at this point. At one time was committed to Tennessee. However, he decommitted and is now considering Arkansas, Florida State, Texas and Ole Miss. He will be in Oxford this weekend after seeing the Longhorns last week. Finished his sophomore season with 77 tackles, including 50 unassisted, three tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. Would be a candidate to start immeidiately alongside De’Jon Harris. An outstanding linebacker.
Chris Russell, LB, Dyersburg (Tenn.)
He was once committed to Memphis, but then decommitted as his recruiting took off. He has visited Texas A&M, will be at Arkansas this weekend and then go to Tennessee the following weekend. He was gonna visit Auburn last weekend, but opted to not take the trip. This is coming down to an Arkansas and Tennessee battle. He’s the prospect John Chavis went to see play on the Friday during the bye week. Russell would be a great get for the Hogs.