Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss a dedicated commit, another with a tough matchup in his season opener and a target narrowing his list.
Arkansas CB commit Tanner McCalister didn’t miss a summer workout
Arkansas 2018 cornerback commit Tanner McCalister is known as one of the hardest workers on his team at Rockwall-Heath High School (Rockwall, Texas).
He proved the reputation is deserved over the past few months with perfect attendance at Rockwall-Heath’s voluntary summer workouts.
A 3-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite, McCalister committed to Arkansas in early June. He is the No. 24 recruit in his class from the talent-rich Dallas area according to SportsDayHS.
McCalister is expected to officially sign in December. The Hogs will clearly be getting a talented player who also knows how to work hard.
Rockwall-Heath open the 2017 season next Friday, Sept. 1, against Wylie (Texas) East. McCalister will go head to head against Arkansas outside linebacker commit Maureese Wren on Nov. 11 when Rockwall-Heath faces Mesquite-Horn (Mesquite, Texas). Wren plays a significant amount of wide receiver for Mesquite-Horn, so the two are likely to match up 1-on-1 in three months.
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Arkansas DT commit Emmit Gooden matching up with tough offensive line Saturday
Arkansas 2018 defensive tackle commit Emmit Gooden is set to play his first game of the 2017 season Saturday.
Gooden, who plays at Independence (Kan.) Community College, will be one of the premier players in a clash between two of the top junior college teams in the country. Independence, No. 17 in the NJCAA rankings, is hosting No. 12 Iowa Western at 6 p.m. CT.
The game will give Gooden a chance to prove he can dominate one of the best offensive lines at the junior college level. Iowa Western features two tackles — Anthony McKinney and Noah Banks — who are Power 5 prospects. McKinney is committed to TCU and Banks has an offer from Iowa State.
Gooden is a 3-star prospect and the No. 9 overall junior college recruit in the class.
WR Lawrence Keys III names top 6
Arkansas 2018 wide receiver target Lawrence Keys III narrowed his list of options to six schools earlier this week. The Razorbacks, who had been among his top 13 in May, did not make the new cut.
Keys listed Auburn, Houston, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame and TCU as his final choices. He is a 4-star prospect from McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans.
It’s no surprise the Hogs didn’t make this cut. Arkansas does like Keys and would’ve taken his commitment, but wide receiver is not a major priority in this class. It’s not expected at this time the Razorbacks will even sign a wide receiver in the cycle.
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