Breaking down the Arkansas depth chart by recruiting rating

Welcome to SEC Country’s  daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss how the Razorbacks’ starters were rated as recruits and a new offer for a top 2019 prospect.

Arkansas starting lineup averages 3.26 star rating

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema released the Razorbacks’ first depth chart of the 2017 season on Friday.

Not including specialist, the depth chart has 23 listed starters (12 on offense with two tight ends listed because of how they use them) who ranged from unrated to 5 star by the 247Sports composite as recruits. With 3 stars (14) leading the way, Arkansas’ star-rating average among the starters is 3.26.

Here’s the full breakdown:

5 stars (1)

  • DE McTelvin “Sosa” Agim

4 stars (7)

  • QB Austin Allen
  • RB Devwah Whaley
  • TE Cheyenne O’Grady
  • LG Hjalte Froholdt*
  • C Frank Ragnow
  • RT Brian Wallace
  • NT Bijhon Jackson

3 stars (14)

  • FB Kendrick Jackson
  • WR Deon Stewart
  • WR Jared Cornelius
  • TE Austin Cantrell
  • LT Colton Jackson
  • DE T.J. Smith
  • OLB Randy Ramsey
  • MLB De’Jon Harris
  • MLB Dre Greenlaw
  • OLB Dwayne Eugene
  • CB Ryan Pulley
  • SS Santos Ramirez
  • FS Josh Liddell
  • CB Henre’ Toliver

No stars (1)

  • RG Johnny Gibson^

* Froholdt was recruited as a 4-star defensive lineman.

^ Gibson is a former walk-on who did not have a star rating by any of the recruiting outlets.

How does that compare to Week 1 opponent Florida A&M? Very favorably, as expected, for the Hogs. The Rattlers have an average star rating of 0.68 among their 22 listed starters on offense and defense.

Here’s the full breakdown for Florida A&M based on its Week 1 depth chart:

3 stars (3)

  • QB Ryan Stanley
  • LG Obinna Nwankwo
  • DT Emilio Gibbs

2 stars (3)

  • FB Kevin Newman
  • FS Andrew Hines
  • SS Terry Jefferson

No stars (16)

  • RB Devin Bowers
  • WR Brandon Norwood
  • WR Chaviss Murphy
  • RT Loubens Polinice
  • RG Andre Regis
  • C Osman Aguilera
  • LT Rashad Williams
  • TE Desmond Noird
  • DE Elijah Price
  • DT David Richardson
  • DE Calvin Darville
  • OLB Elijah Richardson
  • MLB Jibreel Hazly
  • OLB Elijah Jones
  • CB Jules Dornevil
  • CB Orlando McKinley

Arkansas will host Florida A&M on Thursday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:06 p.m. CT. The Rattlers are 1-0 after defeating Texas Southern 29-7 on Saturday.

TE target Hayden Henry gets Wisconsin offer

Offers are continuing to roll in for 2019 tight end Hudson Henry. The 4-star tight end from Pulaski Academy (Little Rock) received an offer from Wisconsin last week, his fifth from a Power 5 school. His other offers are from Arkansas, Ole Miss, Penn State and Stanford.

A top priority for the Hogs, Henry (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) is the No. 4 tight end nationally and No. 2 overall prospect from Arkansas for 2019, per 247Sports. The Razorbacks are heavy favorites to land his commitment because of his family legacy at the school.

“Hudson is the nicest guy I’ve ever met,” his older brother Hayden, a freshman outside linebacker for the Hogs, told reporters last week.

“As a player, when he gets on the field, he flips that switch. He’s a beast. You throw the ball up, he’s going to snag it. When he gets his hands on you, he’s going to pancake you. He’s a smart kid and he makes really good decisions on the field and off the field.”

Henry will become increasingly vital to the Hogs’ 2019 class if they do not sign a tight end in 2018. They currently do not have one committed, though a pair of top recruits remain at least slight possibilities. If they don’t sign one, they’ll need to bring in at least two in the 2019 class with Henry being an essential priority.

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