By Otis Kirk
Arkansas hosted some possible preferred walk-on prospects on Monday including Shiloh Christian offensive lineman Logan Kallesen and Greenwood defensive end Morgan Hanna among others.
Both Kallesen and Hanna were impressed with Arkansas. Hanna has two more visits to make before making a decision and Kallesen has one. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Hanna talked about the visit.
“It was great,” Hanna said. “As far as I’m concerned they want me to come play there. I mean they aren’t throwing me at money at me, but they want me to come walk on and play.”
As a senior, Hanna had 90 tackles, including 19 unassisted, 19 tackles for loss, eight sacks, 12 quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery. Arkansas has had a lot of success in recent years with former Greenwood players such as wide receiver Drew Morgan, linebacker Grant Morgan and quarterback Connor Noland. Have you followed the Razorbacks pretty closely?
“Yes,” Hanna said.
Excellent visit on the hill with @morganhanna19 today! Thank you for the hospitality! @coachchadmorris @BarryLunneyJr @coachmarksmith @CoachSCaldwell @CoachJohnChavis @ArElite100 @DannyWest1 @ArRecruitingGuy @RazorbackFB pic.twitter.com/jGrlxhAugk— Aundrea Stone Hanna (@aundrea_hanna) January 22, 2019
Hanna has offers from McPherson College, Arkansas Tech, Missouri Southern, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist and preferrered walk-on offers to Arkansas, Alabama, TCU and UCA. What does it mean to you to be getting all this recruiting attention?
“Not to be cocky or anything, but I feel I have worked really hard for it,” Hanna said. “I feel like I deserve it. I just think in general when you put a lot of work into something and you get what you want out of it it’s a great feeling.”
Hanna will visit TCU on Friday and then follow that up with Alabama on Feb. 1. Do you have a timetable for a decision?
“It will probably be after that Alabama visit I will be choosing,” Hanna said.
Hanna said that Arkansas’ coaches will try and make it down to Greenwood High School this week.
Kallesen, 6-4, 295, was very impressed with Arkansas following the visit.
He talked about how the visit benefitted him as his decision grows nearer.
“It went good,” Kallesen said. “It was a very good visit. Cleared up what it means to be preferred walk-on there. Just a good understanding of what my role would be there.”
For Kallesen, he will make his decision between two schools following one more visit.
“My decision is down to Arkansas and Harding,” Kallesen said. “I go to Harding on the 31st and then I will make a decision after that.”
Do you have a leaning as far as a school at this time?
“Definitely after this visit I feel a lot more comfortable with the preferred walk-on opportunity I have there,” Kallesen said. “So I feel very confident in Arkansas.”
Kallesen also talked to Arkansas’ Dustin Fry about the position he would play on the offensive line.
“Coach Fry said he wanted me to play center,” Kallesen said. “Maybe interior, but definitely center.”
Kallesen said he also saw Springdale quarterback Grant Allen at Arkansas today.
Arkansas currently has one commitment from a preferred walk-on. Searcy offensive lineman Andrew Vest, 6-6, 305, enrolled at Arkansas at midterm.