This week we’re switching up our recruiting report. For this episode, Otis Kirk breaks down a number of players who are transfering to the University of Arkansas this year.
Kirk says, “Everybody talks about Eric Musselman getting all the transfers. But Chad Morris has not been bashful in that department.”
Luke Jones is the most recent to announce his transfer to Arkansas. Jones is a graduate of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock and was originally committed to Arkansas. However, one Bret Bielema was fired, Jones changed his mind and decided to attend Notre Dame. Chad Morris has now persuaded Jones to return to the Natural State.
“He is about 6-5, about 300 pounds,” says Kirk. “Plays center. Actually he could play any of the offensive line positions. He played center at Notre Dame. He can play center here. But he is capable of playing all. He is probably going to be interior. He could play guard. Dustin likes to cross train the kids anyway. So I am sure he will probably end up playing some center and guard here. The question is will he be eligible in 2019 or will it be 2020. Because he is not a grad transfer. He is trying to get an appeal to get immediate eligibility. If he gets that he will have 3 to play 3 at Arkansas. Actually he would have 4 to play three.”
Morris and his staff are also working to improve their special teams group and landed kicker, Jared Sackett.
Kirk says, “He is 33-41 on field goals. Long of 51. His only attempt over 50 yards he made. It was 51 yards. He has 8 misses in two years. One was between 20-29, 7 from 40-49 range. But also a freshman was 19-22 on field goals down there. He has missed on PAT in 42 attempts. He played at Texas-San Antonio. Kid about 6-1, 190. Has good size. There again he is not a grad transfer. He just a regular transfer. He will sit out the 2019 season. Which is good. Because that will give him two years after Connor Limpert leaves.”
The current Arkansas running back group is very talented. However, they’re riddled with injuries. Which is why the Razorbacks need more depth and the position. Trelon Smith is a running back out of Arizona State and will make a great addition. However, he will have to sit out one year.
“We saw in the spring they were over there putting walk-on wide receivers at running back. You have to have numbers,” says Kirk. “That is a position that really you look at it on a team. You hear people say why do they need so many running backs. Then about halfway through the season when half of them are on the injury list people figure out why you need them. It is just a positon where they get hurt a lot. They get beat up and you have to have some depth.”
The quarterback room has lot of new faces this year. Nick Starkel, from Texas A&M, is one of those new faces.
Kirk says, “That is a kid I really like. He is 6-3, about 218 pounds. He was at the Red-White game. I saw him in the Belk Bowl I believe it was 2017, 499 yards passing, 4 touchdowns. You just think man this kid is the future at Texas A&M. But then Jimbo Fisher comes in. Mond beats him out. Nick ends up at Arkansas. I had a friend named Greg Starkel so I am only going to call Nick, Greg about 400 times the next two years. But Nick will be eligible this fall. He is a grad transfer. He will have two years to play.”