By Otis Kirk
The New Year now begins as Razorback basketball continues on set to begin SEC play for both the boys and girls.
Baseball season is growing nearer by the day, but football season is never completely out of the thought process. Chad Morris and his staff inked 21 prospects in the early signing period. They will sign eight more in February.
Here’s five thoughts about the football team.
1. 60 Tackles for Loss
Yes that is a bunch, but actually that’s the total of just two players recently signed by Arkansas and who will be enrolling at midterm. Joe T. Robinson’s Zach Williams and Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County’s Mataio Soli combine for 60 tackles for loss as seniors. Williams was credited with 31 while Soli added 29. Both are defensive ends and should give the Hogs a big lift at that position this spring and then in fall. Arkansas is in need of pass rushers and both supply that. In 2018, Soli had 22.5 sacks while Williams added 17.
2. Making the Cut
Arkansas made the cut again for a top 2020 talent. Today it’s Alpharetta (Ga.) Denmark wide receiver Ze’Vian Capers releasing his Top 10. He is one of Justin Stepp’s top wide receiver targets for 2020.
Capers, 6-4, 215, may have Clemson at the top, but Arkansas is going to continue to recruit him hard. This season, Capers caught 60 passes for 1,182 yards and 11 touchdowns while also rushing three times for 11 yards and a touchdown. On defense, he added 58 tackles, two tackles for loss, three pass breakups and a forced fumble.
3. More Midterm
In addition to Williams and Soli, others enrolling at midterm are Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s pair of wide receiver Shamar Nash and defensive lineman Eric Gregory, Harvey (La.) West Jefferson cornerback Gregory Brooks Jr., Searcy preferred walk-on offensive lineman Andrew Vest, Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College offensive lineman Chibueze Nwanna, Iowa Central Community College offensive lineman Myron Cunningham and Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman wide receiver Trey Knox. That is nine at this point and it’s still possible the Hogs could add a graduate transfer quarterback in coming days as well.
4. 50-50 Balls
There’s some very talented receivers coming to Arkansas in the Class of 2019. But one thing that all four wide receivers and the tight end bring that may be overlooked by some is they should really increase Arkansas’ chances of getting some 50-50 balls. The size is amazing of this group. They are Warren’s Treylon Burks, 6-3, 217, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s Shamar Nash, 6-3, 194, Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry, 6-5, 235, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman’s Trey Knox, 6-5, 218, and Jefferson (Texas) standout TQ Jackson, 6-4, 195. Henry and Burks will sign on Feb. 6 with the Hogs.
5. Double the Pleasure
The prediction right now, and anything can happen by Feb. 6, but my pick is Arkansas signs both Mansfield (Texas) Legacy safety Jalen Catalon and Dodge City (Kan.) Community College linebacker Lakia Henry. That would be a nice haul for Morris and his staff.