Arkansas makes in-state recruits top priority early in evaluation period

Welcome to SEC Country’s  daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss the September evaluation period, a possible junior college target and a new offer.

Bret Bielema makes trip to see 4-star QB Gerry Bohanon Jr.

With September here, the recruiting calendar is now in an evaluation period that will last most of the next three months. Coaches can visit schools and take in games to get a good look at some of their top prospects.

The beginning of the month often gives a strong indication of which recruits a program values most. For Arkansas, the in-state talent is clearly the top priority.

Last Friday night, Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema and tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. were in West Helena, Ark., to see quarterback Gerry Bohanon Jr. play in his season opener. Bohanon, from Earle, Ark., is a 4-star recruit and the No. 1 in-state prospect for 2018 according to the 247Sports composite.

The Razorbacks don’t sign two quarterbacks in a class ( 4-star prospect Connor Noland has been committed for more than a year). However, Bielema has said he would make an exception in this class. Bielema can’t mention Bohanon specifically, but he’s almost certainly the reason for the exception.

Baylor is viewed as Bohanon’s top choice — the Bears hold all of the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for him. What remains to be seen is if Baylor’s loss to FCS program Liberty on Saturday hurts the Bears’ chances. But it obviously doesn’t help the program’s image with recruits right now. The Hogs definitely remain one of his top choices without a timetable for a final decision.

Bielema and Lunney made trips to Warren and Jonesboro earlier Friday. Warren is home to 4-star 2019 wide receiver Treylon Burks. He’s also a top-50 overall recruit nationally in his class. Jonesboro has two of the Natural State’s best offensive linemen — 3-star recruit Noah Gatlin (2018) and 4-star prospect Darius Thomas (2019). Gatlin committed to Arkansas in June and Thomas is a must-get prospect for 2019.

The Hogs also contacted Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry and Bentonville West wide receiver Jadon Jackson on Sept. 1 via Twitter direct message. Both are 2019 recruits Arkansas has already offered. Friday was the first day coaches could contact recruits in the 2019 class by direct message.

Georgia transfer Chauncey Manac on Arkansas’ radar

A week ago Chauncey Manac was Georgia’s roster. Now, the outside linebacker is on Arkansas’ radar as a Class of 2018 target.

Manac recently transferred from Georgia to Garden City (Kan.) Community College. He signed with the Bulldogs as a 4-star prospect in the 2016 class from Clinch County High School in Homerville, Ga., and redshirted last season as an outside linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4 system.

This August, he was moved primarily to defensive end, a move which preceded his transfer. His departure is in large part because he wants an opportunity at more playing time, according to DawgNation’s Seth Emerson.

SEC Country has learned the Hogs have some initial interest in pursuing Manac. He can transfer from Garden City after this season and be immediately eligible at his next stop in 2018. The Hogs currently have one outside linebacker committed in the class — Maureese Wren from Mesquite, Texas.

Arkansas defensive line coach John Scott Jr. has already had some success recruiting prospects from Clinch County since arriving in Fayetteville last February. Serving as the primary recruiter in the Peach State, his first commit was 2018 defensive end John Mincey in July.

Arkansas offers 4-star RB Derrian Brown

The Hogs offered a third running back in the 2019 class last week — 4-star prospect Derrian Brown from Buford, Ga. He also holds offers from Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and several other Power 5 programs.

Brown is part of a loaded backfield at Buford High School. Christian Turner (Michigan) and Anthony Grant (Tennessee) are both seniors committed to major programs. Brown still has a role in the offense as a junior, though. He rushed for 73 yards on 10 carries Aug. 18 in the season opener. A week later he scored his first touchdown of the season on a 17-yard run.

The Hogs have one current commit in the 2019 class — quarterback Ty Evans. Brown joins fellow 4-star prospects Deondrick Glass (Katy, Texas) and John Emery Jr. (Destrehan, La.) as running backs with a reported offer from the Razorbacks.

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