By Otis Kirk
ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton has released a list of schools who have the most four- and five-star recruits in the Class of 2019.
Arkansas is tied for No. 16 with Washington, South Carolina, Tennessee and Mississippi State with 11 four- or five-star recruits. All of the Arkansas signees or commitments are four-stars.
Most #ESPN 4-star/5-stars in 2019 class as of Jan 27:#Alabama 27#Sooners #UGA #GigEm 19 #Longhorns #Gators #Michigan 18#Clemson #NotreDame 16 #Oregon 15#LSU 14 #Auburn #PennState #USC #FSU 13#Arkansas #Washington #HailState #SouthCarolina #Vols 11#Nebraska #OhioState 10— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) January 27, 2019
Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry is the highest ranked with a grade of 85. Henry will sign with Arkansas on Feb. 6. He committed to Arkansas on Oct. 11. As a senior, Henry caught 94 passes for 1,309 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The next on the list is Warren wide receiver Treylon Burks with a grade of 84. Burks was injured and missed a big portion of his senior season. Still, he’s considered among the elite wide receivers and recruits in the nation. He too will sign with the Hogs on Feb. 6 after making a commitment on July 30. As a senior, Burks caught eight passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns. He rushed five times for 31 yards and was 4 of 7 passing for 137 yards and three touchdowns.
New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr cornerback Devin Bush has a grade of 82 to rank third on the list. Bush signed with the Hogs on Dec. 21 and then enrolled at midterm. He is expected to challenge for immediate playing time or possibly a starting role at cornerback in the spring.
Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman wide receiver Trey Knox also enrolled at midterm. Knox will go through spring drills with the Hogs. He has a grade of 81 with ESPN. As a senior, Knox caught 33 passes for 532 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing 34 times for 301 yards and five touchdowns.
Seven Razorbacks have a grade of 80 with ESPN. Mansfield (Texas) Legacy safety Jalen Catalon is among them. He committed to the Hogs on Jan. 18. He only played one game as a senior due an injury suffered in the opener against Jenks (Okla.). Catalon is expected to be among the recruits with a chance to make a very early impact.
Joe T. Robinson defensive end Zach Williams also has a grade of 80. As a senior, Williams helped lead the Senators to the Class 4A state championship game. He had 97 tackles, including 56 unassisted, 31 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and three recovered fumbles. He enrolled at Arkansas at midterm and will go through spring drills.
Murfreesboro Blackman cornerback Adonis Otey committed to the Hogs on Oct. 1, but is now taking other visits. He was at USC this past weekend and then will trip to Ole Miss this upcoming weekend. Arkansas is hoping to sign Otey on Feb. 6.
Tulsa (Okla.) Union offensive lineman Ricky Stromberg is also a four-star recruit with a grade of 80 with ESPN. He signed with the Hogs on Dec. 19 after receiving a late offer. He was previously committed to Tulsa. He will play center at Arkansas.
Sardis (Miss.) North Panola quarterback KJ Jefferson also has a grade of 80 with ESPN. The talented quarterback signed with Arkansas on Dec. 19. As a senior, Jefferson completed 166 of 245 passes for 3,180 yards and 37 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He rushed 115 times for 916 yards and seven touchdowns. Jefferson will be at Arkansas this summer.
Harvey (La.) West Jefferson cornerback Gregory Brooks Jr. signed with Arkansas on Dec. 19 the same day he went public with his college decision. He was previously committed to Mississippi State. Brooks enrolled at Arkansas at midterm and will compete at cornerback this spring.
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy defensive end Eric Gregory is also an 80 with ESPN. Gregory enrolled at Arkansas at midterm. As a senior, he had 17 tackes, including 10 unassisted, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a quarterback hurry.
A trio of future Razorbacks had a grade of 79 with ESPN which is just one point shy of being a four-star. They were Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County defensive end Mataio Soli, Jefferson (Texas) wide receiver T.Q. Jackson and Bradenton IMG Academy wide receiver Shamar Nash.
Arkansas is ranked No. 19 nationally as far as class rankings with ESPN. With Rivals.com, Arkansas is No. 17 and has 14 four-star recruits.
The ones who are four-star recruits with both ESPN and Rivals.com are Catalon, Bush, Brooks, Knox, Jefferson, Gregory, Henry, Burks and Otey.
The other four-stars with Rivals.com are Soli, Nash, Jackson, Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Travis linebacker Zach Zimos and Putnam City (Okla.) defensive lineman Collin Clay. All signed with Arkansas on Dec. 19. Soli and Nash enrolled at Arkansas at midterm.
Clay finished his senior season with 66 tackles, 23 unassisted, 5.5 sacks, two pass breakups and rushed for six yards on one carry.
Nash caught nine passes for 123 yards and a touchdown as a senior. He returned one kickoff for five yards. Jackson helped Jefferson to a very good season. He caught 33 passes for 753 yards and 11 touchdowns while also rushing twice for nine yards and a touchdown. He also returned nine punts for 199 yards.
Soli put up video-type numbers in 2018. He finished with 84 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks, four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Soli is expected to make his presence known this spring.
Zimos also had a very good senior season. He had 98 tackles, including 80 unassisted, six tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, two recovered fumbles and a blocked punt.
Arkansas is ranked No. 22 nationally with the 247Sports Composite ranking. They have 10 four-star recruits. Those are Knox, Burks, Henry, Soli, Nash, Clay, Jefferson, Jackson, Catalon and Bush.