With five days to go until National Signing Day, Arkansas has four major recruits to lock down. The coaching staff will have to pull out all the tricks in the book to earn the services of these talented young men and finish this class off with a bang.
First off is Adonis Otey. The 11th best player in the state of Tennessee is dating the Razorbacks, but has been flirting with the the Trojans. Just last weekend he took an official visit to Southern California and really enjoyed his time there. He described the visit as the “time of my life”. Those are not the words you want to hear as an Arkansas fan. Otey would be a huge addition to the class, but he would not be a catastrophic blow either. He would be joining a already stacked secondary in this class, along with Jalen Catalon, Devin Bush, and Gregory Brooks. Not to mention those guys are all four stars. Check out Adonis’ highlights here, they are worth a minute or two of your time.
Next up on the list is another athlete who is verbally committed to the Hogs. He is the lone running back in the class, A’Montae Spivey. The Ole Miss Rebels received an official visit from the Alabama running back last weekend. Spivey has been a longtime Razorback commit, having pledged since August. The Rebels already have a running back for their 2019 recruiting class, so I expect A’Montae to stay loyal and flash the cardinal and white on Wednesday.
Lakia Henry is a four star linebacker from Dodge City Community College in Kansas. A month ago he backed out of his commitment with Tennessee and many fans expected him to flip to Arkansas. While that was not the case, the Razorbacks seem to be the team to beat in Lakia’s recruitment. One member of the football team has a successful track record of sealing the deal with recruits, which is De’Jon “Scoota” Harris. Lakia was accompanied by Scoota on his official visit to Fayetteville during the season. The two have even communicated multiple times over Twitter, even teasing Hog faithful of a potential commitment. Lakia could come in and fill the void left by Dre Greenlaw. Being a junior college prospect, Lakia has the build of a Division 1 college athlete and will be able to produce right away at an SEC level.
The final recruit in this article will be the toughest for Coach Morris to convince to be a Razorback. That would be none other than Chris Russell. Like Lakia, Chris is also a linebacker. This high school prospect is a three star out of Dyersburg, Tennessee. Chris has expressed major interest in playing with his brother, who has earned multiple preferred walk-on offer’s from schools that are mainly pursuing Chris. That is a very clever recruiting tactic since Chris’ brother is most likely not SEC material, yet the brothers will presumably end up as a package deal at the same institution.
The best case scenario would be to land all four of these studs. The most likely scenario is missing out on either Adonis or Chris. The worst case scenario would be to retain A’Montae and Lakia, but lose out on the Tennessee kids. I can not see a scenario in which Arkansas misses out on all, or even three of the four athletes.
Whether Arkansas finishes this class with four or zero of the athletes mentioned above, one thing is for certain, this WILL be the class that makes Arkansas fans proud to call themselves Razorbacks.