By Otis Kirk
Chad Morris and his staff will hold the first spring practice on Friday, but the emphasis will also be on recruiting.
Arkansas is set to host Texas A&M grad transfer Nick Starkel for an official visit. Starkel will arrive in Fayetteville on early Thursday night. He also is looking at Florida State and some other schools, but Arkansas appears to have the inside track landing him.
Arkansas still has three spots open in the Class of 2019. Arkansas is also known to be exploring the linebacker market to see what is available.
Starkel redshirted at A&M in 2016 out of Argyle (Texas) Christian. In two years, he played in 11 games. He completed 138 of 227 passes for 1962 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions.
His best game at A&M came in the 2017 Belk Bowl. In a loss to Wake Forest, Starkel completed 42 of 63 passes for 499 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.
Starkel, 6-3, 218, will finsh up his academic requirements at A&M to graduate this semester and then be at his new school this summer. He will have two years to play two.
He was a four-star recruit with ESPN coming out of high school and a three-star with the remaining recruiting services.
Arkansas currently has former SMU quarterback Ben Hicks, who is a senior; sophomore Daulton Hyatt, redshirt freshmen Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones, junior walk-on Jack Lindsey and incoming freshman KJ Jefferson at quarterback.