Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss the latest news surrounding the recruitment of wide receiver Lance Wilhoite.
Arkansas stands out for 4-star WR Lance Wilhoite
It’s been nearly three weeks since Lance Wilhoite was on campus at Arkansas, and he’s still gushing about the experience.
From Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, Tenn., Wilhoite has the Hogs high on his list of potential schools as a result of his Feb. 25 visit to Fayetteville. He has plenty of options, too, with an offer list that includes Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State, Tennessee and several other Power 5 programs.
“I’m not going to lie; other than Arkansas, maybe Ohio State and Florida State [stand out],” Wilhoite told SEC Country’s Blake Morgan. “I’m super comfortable about [Arkansas’] whole entire staff. I want to go back. That put them higher on my list after that visit.”
The 247Sports composite rates Wilhoite (6-foot-3, 175 pounds) as a 4-star prospect and the No. 82 overall recruit in the 2019 class. He’s the top prospect from Tennessee and the No. 14 wide receiver in the nation.
Arkansas wide receivers coach Justin Stepp laid the foundation to build a strong relationship with Wilhoite during his recent visit. The topic of conversation between the two wasn’t always about football, which made a positive impression on Wilhoite.
“He wasn’t just focused on me performing on the field,” Wilhoite said. “He was asking me stuff about being a man, wanted to get deeper with me, just trying to build a relationship.”
It isn’t just Stepp recruiting Wilhoite, either. He met with the Hogs’ entire staff while on campus.
“I’ve built a relationship with every single one of the coaches,” Wilhoite said. “So, that made them stand out to me.”
The excitement on campus and across Arkansas for the Razorbacks also has Wilhoite’s attention. He likes the idea of playing at a school where the college football program is the main attraction for an entire state.
“I like the atmosphere of the campus,” Wilhoite said. “They are only team in the state; they don’t have any professional teams. So, a lot of attention would be toward me, if I do decide to go there.”
Could Wilhoite be package deal?
Wilhoite’s visit to Arkansas was different from other trips he’s made for a variety of reasons. Maybe the most important was how much he felt like a high priority in Fayetteville.
“Some of the visits I’ve been on have been going up there and it being a lot of people,” Wilhoite said. “This was invite only, though. It was just me, Adonis [Otey], Woodi [Washington] and some more people like that.”
Recruiting Otey and Washington — both defensive backs from Murfreesboro, Tenn. — along with Wilhoite could pay off significantly for the Razorbacks. The three friends are all 4-star prospects considering playing together at the next level.
“Arkansas has talked about us going back up there for an official visit,” Wilhoite said. “Us playing together has been brought up some at Arkansas. And at Florida State when we visited. The conversation has been brought up a couple of times. I don’t know if we can be serious about it, but it’s been brought up after every visit we’ve been on.”
Wilhoite said he was hoping to be back on campus for a spring practice next week, but it will have to wait until a later date with Arkansas on spring break. It sounds as if he’s planning to make Arkansas one of his official visits, though, which at the very least puts the Hogs in the thick of the competition to sign him. If all goes perfectly, maybe the Razorbacks will land Otey and Washington along with him.
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