Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss one of the top priorities for the new coaching staff and a commit looking at other options.
Arkansas’ 2019 class can be springboard for new coach
The first priority for Arkansas’ new coach will be piecing together the Hogs’ 2018 recruiting class. There will be little time to get that done as the December signing period is now just three weeks away. Once that period passes, picking up whoever is left unsigned between then and National Signing Day (Feb. 7) will be critical.
But after that, the coaching staff will be able to shift its full recruiting focus on the 2019 group. And that’s where there’s a major opportunity to provide a springboard for success under the new regime.
Arkansas’ 2019 in-state class is loaded with more top-tier talent than the state has seen in years. The top 3 Natural State prospects in the class — Treylon Burks (WR), Hudson Henry (TE) and Darius Thomas (OL) — are all 4-star recruits with a rating of .954 or better according to the 247Sports composite. The state has only seen three such players with that rating or better in the previous five classes combined.
With talent like that, the new coaching staff has a great opportunity to build the core of its future roster once the recruiting calendar officially turns to 2019.
Baylor reportedly eyeing CB commit Byron Hanspard II
Baylor is set to revamp its efforts to sway Arkansas 2018 cornerback commit Byron Hanspard II, according to a report from SicEm365.com.
Hanspard is a 4-star recruit from DeSoto (Texas). He has been committed to the Razorbacks since last March. He is one of three 4-star prospects who remain pledged to the Hogs’ 2018 class, along with linebacker Bumper Pool and quarterback Connor Noland.
Baylor offered Hanspard last spring, shortly after his commitment to Arkansas.
Hearing that Baylor is set to make a big push for Arkansas DB commit @bjhanspard94. Four-star out of DeSoto would provide a lot of versatility for Phil Snow's secondary… has ability to play CB, NB and S at a high level. Fantastic high jumper as well.
— Colt Barber (@Colt_Barber) November 26, 2017
ICYMI: CB commit Tanner McCalister exploring other options
Arkansas 2018 cornerback commit Tanner McCalister announced Tuesday he will look into other options while the Hogs search for their next coach.
He did not officially declare himself de-committed and still plans to consider the Razorbacks once a new coach is hired. He indicated the school, not necessarily the coaching staff, is primarily what sold him on Arkansas when he committed last June.
McCalister is a 3-star prospect who attends Rockwall-Heath (Texas). A standout running back and cornerback in 2017, he rushed for 1,282 yards and 15 touchdowns in 10 regular-season games. He averaged 7 yards per carry in the process. Defensively, McCalister made 35 tackles and 2 interceptions.
Click here to read what McCalister had to say about his decision.
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