Arkansas opening practices for high school coaches has underlying benefit

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Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a few recent visitors and a new running back offer.


Arkansas’ openness to high school coaches helps in getting top recruits on campus

It’s no secret Arkansas is inviting any and every coaching staff to attend practices this spring. That’s the way coach Chad Morris wants it. He wants all comers to know the doors are wide open for them.

As a result, there have been a wide range of coaching staffs from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and other states on campus over the past month. The willingness to let coaches on campus can have some obvious recruiting benefits.

It’s also providing some recruiting advantages that may be less obvious. As the coaches are coming to campus, the top recruits from their program are tagging along. Last week, there were at least three top 2019 targets on campus as a result of tagging along with at least one coach from their school.

Running back Eric Gray (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) was on campus for three days with his coaching staff from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tenn. Gray, a 4-star recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings, is at the top of Arkansas’ running back priority list in the class. He also visited Arkansas in February for one of the Hogs’ prospect days.

Lausanne’s staff had made trips to Auburn during the spring the past two years, but decided instead to visit Arkansas this year with Morris’ open-door policy. Gray’s father is an assistant at Lausanne.

Three-star quarterback target KJ Jefferson (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) made his first trip to Fayetteville with his coaches from North Panola High School in Sardis, Miss. Jefferson is a high-priority target for offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Joe Craddock.

Last week also saw Bowie High School (Arlington, Texas) coach Danny DeArman come to campus with his son, Arkansas safety target Ty DeArman. Like Gray, DeArman was also making his second trip to Fayetteville in less than a month.

Texas OL recruit Cole Birmingham visits campus, offer still pending

Offensive lineman Cole Birmingham visited Arkansas last week, taking in one of the Hogs’ spring practices.

Birmingham (6-5, 290) is a 3-star recruit from Katy High School near Houston. The football program at his school regularly produces a high number of Power 5 recruits.

The Razorbacks haven’t yet offered Birmingham, though he’s definitely on the short list of possible offensive line offers. Arkansas is likely waiting to see how things turn out with some of their other top offensive line targets. Top in-state offensive linemen Darius Thomas and Stacey Wilkins are at the top of that list. The Hogs already have offensive lineman Beaux Limmer committed in the class with offers out to several others.

Birmingham visited Oklahoma State the day after being at Arkansas. The Cowboys did offer him, bringing Birmingham’s list to of scholarship opportunities to seven Power 5 schools.

Arkansas offers another 2019 RB

Arkansas offered 2019 running back Deion Hankins last week. The Hogs have now offered 13 running baks in the class.

Hankins (6-1, 200) attends Parkland High School in El Paso, Texas. He is a 4-star prospect by 247Sports, though the composite rates him as a 3-star player.

As a junior last season, he rushed for 2,063 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. His per-game average was just over 200 yards per game.

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