What a week it was for Dustin Fry.
The Razorbacks O-Line coach is able to breathe easier knowing help is on the way. Myron Cunningham and Chibueze Nwanna are the latest recruits to call Fayetteville their future home. Myron chose Arkansas over Oklahoma, while Chibueze picked the Hogs over Maryland. Both are three stars and both are the 12th and 8th best offensive line prospects in the JuCo ranks, according to 24/7 sports.
This puts the class at 25 commitments. The staff seems to be aiming for 29, so let’s finish out the best recruiting class in Razorback history.
26. Jalen Catalon
27. Lakia Henry
28. Gregory Brooks
Jalen Catalon has been rumored for months to be a “silent commit”. He will officially announce on January 18th. The 28th best player in the state of Texas has also expressed interest in playing for Coach Van Horn and the OmaHogs.
The next guy on the list is a Tennessee Volunteer commit, although that could change come February. Lakia Henry is a four star linebacker and has a great relationship with De’Jon Harris. The Razorback coaches visited with him three (!) separate times last week, proving to him how much of a priority he is.
Gregory Brooks, one could say, is a Mississippi State Bulldog commit. But it turns out he will be deciding between Arkansas, Kansas State, and MSU on Early National Signing Day this Wednesday. Back in June, Gregory verbally committed to the Dawgs but by saying he will choose between three schools on ESND means he is not fully devoted to Starkville. And due to legendary coach Bill Snyder stepping down, I do not see him being anything other than a Hog next week.
And finally, the spot that got the most attention this off-season: the quarterback position. Last year it was manned by Ty Storey and occasionally by Cole Kelley. After missing out on Kelly Bryant, here are some options to up the compettition under center next year for the Hogs.
- SMU QB Ben Hicks
- TCU QB Shawn Robinson
- Arizona QB Khalil Tate
- Texas QB Shane Buechele
Out of these four guys, I would say Ben Hicks has the greatest chance of being a Razorback next fall. His relationship with Coach Morris and success in his system could lead to his transfer to Fayetteville.
All in all, the two biggest weaknesses are in the process of being repaired: O-Line and Quarterback. They also happen to be the most important and influential positions on a football team. Once the staff can get those areas under control, we could be looking at a much improved football team in 2019.