By Otis Kirk
Arkansas coach Chad Morris gave a brief update on recruiting Monday during his noon news conference.
Morris was asked if the Hogs still had some evaluation days available during the season and when recruiting for the Class of 2019 might be finished?
“Yeah, we do,” Morris said of the evaluation days. “We do have some and we’ll use those up now until the next week and a half. As far as finishing up our recruiting class, we won’t be finished with this recruiting class until February, signing day essentially.
“So we’re constantly recruiting. It was extremely impressive the amount of recruits that we had on campus this past Saturday for the game. For them to see that environment and our fans was very special. We had some very elite players on campus. It was impressive to see.”
The early signing period is Dec. 19-21 and then the late one begins Feb. 6. Arkansas currently has 24 commitments after gaining one from New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr cornerback Devin Bush on Sunday. Bush had been a silent commit for a few weeks, but made it public following his official visit.
In addition, it appears former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant is closing in on a decision. He will announce his decision on Dec. 4. He still plans to see Mississippi State this weekend when the Bulldogs host Arkansas. He also is trying to make it back to Auburn for a second visit and also see Miami (Fla.) according to The State newspaper in South Carolina and Rivals.com.
Bryant visited Arkansas when the Razorbacks hosted Tulsa the weekend of Oct. 20. He has a very good relationship and trust factor built up with Morris, who recruited him to Clemson. Bryant has also been to North Carolina, Missouri and Auburn. He has been to North Carolina twice, once on an official visit and then another time on an unofficial.
Bryant will be a graduate transfer and have one season to play at his new school. Bryant was 18-2 as a starter at Clemson.
Arkansas now has five scholarships remaining. If Bryant chooses the Razorbacks then obviously one of those will go to him.
Some other key prospects for Arkansas are Iowa Central offensive tackle Myron Cunningham, 6-6. 300; Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College offensive tackle Chibueze Nwanna, 6-7, 315; Mansfield (Texas) Legacy safety Jalen Catalon, 5-9, 180; Harvey (La.) West Jefferson cornerback Gregory Brooks, 5-10, 178; Dyersburg (Tenn.) Linebacker Chris Russell, 6-2, 220; Dodge City (Kan.) Community College linebacker Lakia Henry, 6-1, 225; and Fullerton (Calif.) Community College linebacker Caleb Johnson, 6-1, 215.
Arkansas has three offensive line commitments and would prefer to sign two more, but one is a must. They currently have three commitments at cornerback and one at safety. Arkansas could add up to two more defensive backs. They only have one linebacker committed in this class and could add another. It seems like Johnson is headed to Texas and Henry is committed to Tennessee. He was at Arkansas this past weekend on an official visit, but seems still headed to Knoxville. John Chavis went to see Russell play during the bye week and he holds an offer from the Hogs.