By Otis Kirk
Arkansas has 25 public commitments and plans to add 29 new recruits in the Class of 2019, but it all won’t be over during the Dec. 19-21 early signing period.
The Hogs will likely sign around 20-22 prospects during the three-day early signing period. The 20 would likely be on the absolute low end with approximately 22 more likely.
As far as who won’t sign, Phenix City (Ala.) Central running back A’Montae Spivey is planning to take other visits. He plans to sign in February. He is the only running back Arkansas has committed in this class.
Spivey helped lead his team to a state championship and with the season just recently ending he hasn’t had a chance to take other visits. He will take those in January. Arkansas offered a pair of his teammates who are underclassmen on the offensive line this week. Also, Spivey was pleased with Lackawanna Community College offensive tackle Chibueze Nwanna committed on Wednesday.
Others not expected to sign early are Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry, Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson safety Myles Brooks, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove defensive end Dante Walker and possibly Warren wide receiver Treylon Burks.
In addition, Dodge City (Kan.) Community College linebacker Lakia Henry who is committed to Tennessee plans to sign late. Henry is still deciding between the Hogs and Vols.
Harvey (La.) West Jefferson cornerback Gregory Brooks Jr. is committed to Mississippi State, but is also considering the Razorbacks. He will announce his final decision on Wednesday and sign that day with the Hogs or Bulldogs.
At this time, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy safety Jalen Catalon plans to announce his decision in January between the Hogs, Texas, Oklahoma and TCU. He has two teammates signing early with the Hogs so it’s always possible he could change his plans and get the decision out of the way early. But at this time it appears he will sign late.
East Mississippi Community College linebacker Sci Martin is expected to sign early with some school and was at Arkansas this past weekend for an official visit. He also likes Oklahoma and Kansas.
Arkansas could add an older quarterback at midterm. Grad transfers aren’t limited to the three-day window of the early signing period. It is likely the Hogs add an older quarterback if they can find one they consider an upgrade, but seem to be waiting to see who might become available after the bowl games and end of 2018 fall semester.
The players, at this time, expected to enroll early are New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr cornerback Devin Bush, Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County defensive end Mataio Soli, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman wide receiver Trey Knox, Joe T. Robinson defensive end Zach Williams, Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College offensive tackle Chibueze Nwanna, Iowa Central Community College offensive tackle Myron Cunningham, Searcy offensive lineman Andrew Vest (PWO) and the Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy pair of wide receiver Shamar Nash and defensive end Eric Gregory.
In addition to the midterm enrollees, other commitments expected to sign early are Sardis (Miss.) North Panola quarterback KJ Jefferson, Jefferson (Texas) wide receiver T.Q. Jackson, Rison cornerback Malik Chavis, Tyler (Texas) Robert E. Lee offensive lineman Beaux Limmer, Putnam City (Okla.) defensive lineman Collin Clay, Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Travis linebacker Zach Zimos, Warren defensive lineman Marcus Miller, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman cornerback Adonis Otey, Jenks (Okla.) offensive lineman Brady Latham, Baton Rouge (La.) Lab University offensive lineman Dylan Rathcke and the Mansfield (Texas) Legacy pair of defensive linemen Taurean Carter and Enoch Jackson.
As with recruiting, things can change between now and Dec. 19-21. But as of today this is pretty much where the Hogs stand.