By Otis Kirk
Arkansas hosted four official visitors for the LSU game. The four were all defensive players.
The Hogs hosted New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr’s Devin Bush, 6-1, 190; Harvey (La.) West Jefferson cornerback Gregory Brooks Jr., 5-10, 178; Rison’s Malik Chavis, 6-2, 185; all cornerbacks and then Dodge City (Kan.) Community College linebacker Lakia Henry, 6-1, 225.
Chavis is committed to Arkansas, Brooks to Mississippi State and Henry to Tennessee. Bush hasn’t announced any decision.
Brooks was very pleased with how his visit to Arkansas went.
“It was good,” Brooks said. “I was really impressed. I like it a lot.”
What was so good about it?
“It just opened my eyes a lot,” Brooks said. “A lot of different ways. I thought it was gonna be country here. It showed me different and I had fun.”
What was most impressive part of trip for you?
“The game was just live,” Brooks said. “Even though they didn’t win it was a good atmosphere.”
How was it to spend time with the coaches Mark Smith and Ron Cooper?
“It was good,” Brooks said. “Getting a good relationship with them.”
What did this trip do for Arkansas’ chances for you?
“It went up high,” Brooks said. “Real high.”
There was a lot of recruits present who are committed to the Razorbacks. How did they make you feel?
“They made me feel like I was one myself,” Brooks said.
Where do you go from here?
“This signing day (Dec. 19) I will make a decision between here, Mississippi State and Kansas State,” Brooks said.
What between now and then are you gonna be thinking about?
“Do what is best for me,” Brooks said.
How did your mom like the trip?
“She loved it,” Brooks said.
Your dad is in Mississippi how does that play into your decision?
“It doesn’t play at all,” Brooks said. “He’s in New Orleans more than ever.”
Henry is being recruited by John Chavis. He talked about the visit.
“It was really interesting,” Henry said. “I really enjoyed myself.”
What did the visit do for Arkansas’ chances?
“They came in kind of late,” Henry said. “It’s a really nice place. I really have to look at my options differently now, but i’m still committed to Tennessee. But we’ll see what goes on.”
What would you say was the highlight of the visit?
“Just watching the defense play,” Henry said. “Actually see what Chief is doing with Arkansas.”
If you were to come to Arkansas what would be your role?
“If I did come if Scoota (Harris) was to come back they want me play Will linebacker,” Henry said. “But if Scoota was to leave I would play inside.”
If you were to come, what would be the deciding factor?
“The relationships, it would probably be the relationships with the coaching staff,” Henry said. “That would probably be the biggest thing here. That would probably be the main thing that would get me here.”
What’s so good about the relationship with the coaching staff?
“Really it’s Chief,” Henry said. “The way Chief coaches the way coach (Chad) Morris is. They’re both passionate coaches. That’s really appealing.”
Surprised by the trip?
“Oh the facilities were nicer than what I thought they were going to be,” Henry said. “The facilities were real nice. Shoot man, the people were real nice. It was nice overall nice trip.”
Henry doesn’t plan to sign early thus waiting until February. What’s next though?
“I have to go to Dodge City and finish up,” Henry said. “But I don’t know if I’ll take any other visits. But we’ll see.”
Chavis and Rison are 11-0 on the season and will continue in the playoffs this week. How was your visit to Arkansas where you committed on March 10?
“My visit was good, I saw a lot of good things so I definitely want to stay,” Chavis said.
What was the highlight of your visit?
“Hanging out with the other commits was a lot of fun,” Chavis said. “I think they like it here.”
Did you work on Brooks and Bush to join you here?
“I’m working on Bush and Brooks, I’m pretty sure they’re going to commit, they liked it a lot,” Chavis said.
As far as Arkansas. What did you see from the Razorbacks on Saturday night?
“I saw a team that didn’t quit, I liked that a lot,” Chavis said. “They’ve got some dog in them.”
What did you consider the best part of your visit?
“Being with the other recruits and commits was the best part, there were a lot of us up here,” Chavis said. “It was like a family reunion, it was really fun.”
Several commitments have changed their Twitter hashtag to #THENEWUA. What about that?
“The new Arkansas is a firm statement that we’re going to change Arkansas,” Chavis said. “We’re going to change Arkansas, make it new, make it great again.”
Arkansas’ Class of 2019 Commitments
KJ Jefferson, QB, Sardis (Miss.) North Panola
A’Montae Spivey, RB, Phenix City (Ala.) Central
Treylon Burks, WR, Warren
Trey Knox, WR, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman
TQ Jackson, WR, Jefferson (Texas)
Shamar Nash, WR, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy
Hudson Henry, TE, Pulaski Academy
Dylan Rathcke, OL, Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab
Beaux Limmer, OL, Tyler (Texas) Robert E. Lee
Brady Latham, OL, Jenks (Okla.)
Zach Williams, DE, Joe T. Robinson
Mataio Soli, DE, Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County
Carl Williams, DT, Lufkin (Texas)
Marcus Miller, DT, Warren
Taurean Carter, DL, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy
Enoch Jackson, DT, Mansfield Legacy
Dante Walker, DE, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove
Eric Gregory, DE, Bradenton IMG Academy
Collin Clay, DL, Putnam City (Okla.)
Zach Zimos, LB, Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Travis
Malik Chavis, CB, Rison
Adonis Otey, CB, Murfreesboro Blackman
Myles Brooks, S. Pflugerville (Texas)
Some Key Targets Remaining
Myron Cunningham, OL, Iowa Central College
Chibueze Nwanna, OL, Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College
Lakia Henry, LB, Dodge City (Kan.) Community College
Chris Russell, LB, Dyersburg (Tenn.)
Caleb Johnson, LB, Fullerton (Calif.) College
Devin Bush, CB, New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr
Gregory Brooks, CB, Harvey (La.) West Jefferson
Jalen Catalon, S, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy
Kelly Bryant, QB, Clemson Transfer