Arkansas’ Top 10 for Class of 2020

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By Otis Kirk

Arkansas has four offers out inside the state for the Class of 2020, but more could follow. and Pig Trail Nation now has a revised Top 10 with a new recruit at the top. Understand that this list is based on college potential. How an athlete has performed in high school obviously figures in, but much of these rankings are based on projected college potential.

Top 10

1. Blayne Toll, DE-TE, Hazen, 6-5, 235

Toll said following his unofficial visit to Arkansas recently that he prefers defensive end over tight end. He also plays quarterback for Hazen High School. Toll has a long list of offers with more added this week bringing him to 19. The Hogs will be hard to beat for him. Tennessee and others are trying though. Will be at Arkansas again on March 9. 

2. Jacolby Criswell, QB, Morrilton, 6-1, 208

Criswell and Arkansas seem to have moved in different directions. The Hogs offered him originally, but now it appears he will head out of state to play his college football. Here’s his list of upcoming visits. 

He is a dual threat quarterback. As a junior, he completed 89 of 157 passes for 1,350 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed 72 times for 392 yards and four touchdowns.

(TIE) 3. Catrell Wallace, OLB, Bryant, 6-6, 215

Arkansas was his first offer. The Hogs offered on Oct. 27. He also has offers from Arkansas State, Virginia, Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana Tech. As a junior, Wallace had 79 tackles, two sacks and three blocked kicks while helping lead Bryant to the Class 7A state championship. Will be at Arkansas on March 9. 

(TIE) 3. Jashaud Stewart, DE, Jonesboro, 6-2, 216

It’s impossible for me to choose between Wallace and Stewart. Arkansas offered him on Nov. 30 for his first offer. Since then, he has offers from Arkansas State, Liberty, Houston, Louisiana-Monroe, Troy, SMU and Memphis. Will be at Arkansas on March 9. As a junior, Stewart had 98 tackles, including 71 unassisted, 26 tackles for loss, seven sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, one interception, three forced fumbles and four recovered fumbles.

5. Chris Harris, ATH, Dumas, 5-11, 180

Also outstanding on the basketball court. As a junior, completed 133 of 208 passes for 1,807 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions while also rushing 191 times for 1,539 yards and 21 touchdowns. In limited duty on defense, finished with 18 tackles and three pass breakups. Also returned seven kickoffs for 116 yards. Will be at Arkansas on March 9. Can play on either side of the ball in college and has outstanding speed.

6. Chris Hightower, WR, Little Rock Christian, 6-2, 185

Helped lead team to Class 5A state championship. Was one of Justice Hill’s favorite targets. Caught 58 passes for 986 yards and 12 touchdowns. Was at Arkansas Jan. 26. Holds offers from Kansas, SMU, Memphis, Liberty and Tulane. One to watch, very good receiver with good size and also good on the basketball court.

7. Erin Smith, OL, North Little Rock, 6-5, 281

Helped lead team to state runner-up finish in 2018. Was at a Prospect Day at Arkansas on Jan. 26. Holds offers to Tulane, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, SMU, Memphis and Louisiana Tech. Talented lineman who could play tackle or guard in college.

8. Brandon Thomas, RB, North Little Rock, 5-11, 194

As a junior, ran behind Smith and his offensive line for 1,805 yards and 14 touchdowns. Was at Arkansas on Jan. 26 to attend a Prospect Day. Holds an offer to South Alabama. Should have a very good senior season if he stays healthy.

9. JaJuan Boyd, DB-WR, Springdale, 6-0, 167

Talented athlete who could fit into a college program as either a defensive back or wide receiver. As a junior, rushed one time for three yards, caught 27 passes for 637 yards and seven touchdowns. On defense, added 48 tackles, 32 unassisted, eight tackles for loss, eight sacks, eight quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one recovered fumble and a kickoff return for two yards. 

10. Kevin Compton, DB, Watson Chapel, 6-2, 165

Could play wide receiver in college, but has nose for football on defense. He was 0-1 passing, caught 18 passes for 290 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. On defense, he had 38 tackles, 15 unassisted, 10 interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble on defense. He returned four kickoffs for 67 yards and had a punt return. 

There was a few who just barely missed making this list. It will be updated in the coming months and is almost guaranteed to change. 

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