Valentines Day Arkansas Recruiting Notebook

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By Otis Kirk

Arkansas will host another graduate transfer quarterback during the March 1-3 weekend. Former Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel will be in Fayetteville that weekend. has confirmed that Starkel will arrive on March 1. In addition, 247Sports’ Josh Newberg, who first reported the Starkel visit to Arkansas, has reported that the talented signal caller will be at Florida State March 29-31. 

Starkel, 6-3, 218, played in 11 games in two seasons with the Aggies. He completed 138 of 227 passes for 1,962 yards and 15 touchdowns with six interceptions. He had one rushing touchdown. 

His best game came on Dec. 29, 2017, against Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl when he completed 42 of 63 passes for 499 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. 

Starkel played his high school football at Agyle (Texas) Christian. He was a four-star recruit with ESPN and a three-star with the other services. He will graduate after this spring semester in College Station and then have two years remaining at his new school. 

Former SMU quarterback Ben Hicks enrolled at Arkansas at midterm. He has one year left to play at this level. 

Prospect Day

Arkansas has had three Prospect Days so far and will have its next one on March 2. That will be the second day of spring football practice as well.

But on March 9 the Razorbacks will hold what appears to be a Prospect Day that will rival the one they held on Feb. 24 last year. Elite prospects from seven different states are slated to be in Fayetteville that day. 

At this point, there’s about 40 recruits already saying they will be at Arkansas that day. The majority of them already hold offers. A couple that are scheduled to be here that day that don’t currently have an Arkansas offer is a pair from Dumas.

Chris Harris, 5-11, 180, is a 2020 recruit while running back Kylin James, 6-0, 200, is a 2021 prospect. It wouldn’t be a surprise if both were offered. Harris is a standout in basketball as well while James could be the state’s top prospect in 2021.

As a sophomore, James rushed 196 times for 1,076 yards and 13 touchdowns while catching 26 passes for 406 yards and two touchdowns. He returned five kickoffs for 86 yards. On defense, he finished with eight tackles, one solo, one interception, seven pass breakups and one fumble recovery. 

Harris rushed 191 times for 1,539 yards and 21 touchdowns. He completed 133 of 203 passes for 1,807 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He returned seven kickoffs for 116 yards. On defense, Harris finished with 18 tackles and three pass breakups. 

There are recruits currently slated to be in attendance from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Arkansas’ lone commitment in 2020 is Alpharetta (Ga.) Denmark wide receiver Ze’Vian Capers, 6-4, 215, and he is scheduled to be at Arkansas that weekend.

An interesting group from Oklahoma is slated to be in attendance. They are Owasso running back Isaiah Jacobs, 5-10, 193; Tulsa Edison running back Sevion Morrison, 5-11, 188; Broken Arrow cornerback Myles Slusher, 6-0, 181; and Tulsa Booker T. Washington wide receiver JJ Hester, 6-3, 175. Slusher, Hester and Morrison have all talked about playing at the same college. 

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