By Otis Kirk
Arkansas has 22 commitments for the Class of 2019 and are still actively recruiting several prospects.
The latest to commit to Arkansas was obviously Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry. He is the best high school tight end in the nation and was a great get for Chad Morris, Barry Lunney Jr. and the staff.
Arkansas’ current commitment list on offense includes a quarterback, running back and tight end to go with four wide receivers and three lineman. The defense has eight linemen, a linebacker and safety as well as two cornerbacks.
The Hogs will host at least three official visitors for the Tulsa game next weekend in Fayetteville. The list includes former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, Fullerton (Calif.) College linebacker Caleb Johnson (6-1, 215) and Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College offensive tackle Josh Donovan (6-5, 330).
Arkansas is also awaiting Oct. 24 when Mansfield (Texas) Legacy defensive lineman Taurean Carter (6-3, 260) will announce his decision. Carter will pick Arkansas, Michigan State or Wisconsin.
Other than Carter and Bryant, expect Arkansas to pursue offensive tackles, linebackers and defensive backs, both corners and safeties, with the remaining scholarships.
Johnson decommitted from Iowa State this week. Texas and Arkansas are among the schools making a strong push for him. This season, Johnson has 15 tackles, including 10 unassisted, four tackles for loss, 0.5 sack and two quarterback hurries.
Arkansas also offered Dodge City (Kan.) Community College linebacker Lakia Henry (6-1, 225) this week. He’s committed to Tennessee, but the Hogs are still in pursuit. This season, Henry has 49 tackles, including 27 unassisted, 2.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. He is originally from Vidalia (Ga.).
The Hogs are also known to have more than a passing interest in Dyersburg (Tenn.) linebacker Chris Russell (6-1, 215). He committed to Memphis on June 11, but Arkansas and Georgia Tech have both offered him as have others. He was at Arkansas for the Alabama game. Dyersburg is undefeated this season and Russell goes both ways for them. At linebacker, he has 54 tackles, 10 for loss, four sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, two recovered fumbles and a pair of pass breakups.
On the offensive line, Arkansas hosted Saddleback College (Calif.) offensive tackle Tim Anderson (6-5, 280) last weekend for an official visit. Anderson has added an offer from SMU this week. He said Sunday that USC and the University of California were showing interest as well. Louisville offered him earlier in the process.
The Hogs are seeking some offensive tackles with good size. In addition to Donovan and Anderson, they are still known to be recruiting Iowa Central Community College’s Myron Cunningham (6-6, 300), Navarro (Texas) College’s Josh Cooper (6-6, 340), Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College’s Chibueze Nwanna (6-7, 315) and Camden Fairview’s Stacy Wilkins (6-7, 290).
Cunningham is a priority and was recently offered by Pitt. Cooper was headed to Mississippi State out of high school, but failed to qualify academically. Nwanna will visit the first weekend in December. Wilkins is pledged to Oklahoma, but plans to be at Arkansas for the LSU game.
Arkansas hosted Mansfield Legacy safety Jalen Catalon (5-10, 180) for an official visit last weekend. The Hogs, Texas, Oklahoma and TCU all remain in the hunt for him. Catalon will be a great get for some school. According to sources, Arkansas feels pretty good about landing him along with Carter and Enoch Jackson, who is committed, but Texas is definitely still in the mix.
At cornerback, the Hogs are known to still be pursuing Houston (Texas) Madison’s Bobby Wolfe (6-1, 180), Harvey (La.) West Jefferson’s Gregory Brooks (5-10, 178), Sacramento (Calif.) St. Thomas More’s Maurice Gaines (6-2, 185) and New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr’s Devin Bush (6-1, 190).
Wolfe is committed to Texas A&M, Gaines to Arizona and Brooks to Mississippi State. Bush is thought to be a lean to Arkansas. He and Brooks are slated to join Wilkins at Arkansas for the LSU game. Wolfe took an official visit to Arkansas in early June.
Arkansas is building a very good class and appears on verge of adding to it.