Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss an upcoming commitment announcement, some new offers and a junior college target.
Arkansas’ top in-state recruit Gerry Bohanon Jr. to announce commitment Tuesday
Gerry Bohanon Jr. is finally bringing his recruitment to an end after a year of heavy attention from some of the top programs in the country.
The quarterback from Earle, Ark., recently stated his plans to announce a commitment Tuesday at 2 p.m. CT inside the gymnasium at Earle High School. He will be choosing between Arkansas, Baylor, Indiana and Memphis.
Bohanon is a 4-star prospect and the No. 1 overall Arkansas recruit in his class, according to the 247Sports composite. He had previously listed Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, Louisville, Mississippi State and Ole Miss as his final choices. However, he reopened his recruitment to all schools in October. In recent weeks, Memphis and Indiana have made a strong surge to join Arkansas and Baylor at the top of his list.
Bohanon’s hometown of Earle, where he’s lived his whole life, is just 30 miles west of Memphis. He took a visit there last weekend. He’s also received personal visits to Earle from coaches at Arkansas, Baylor and Indiana last week.
New Razorbacks coach Chad Morris’ trip to Earle was his first in-person meeting with Bohanon, who came away impressed.
“I feel like that’s the right man for the job,” Bohanon told THV11 in Little Rock. “I feel like he’s going to really change the program around with the right guys.”
Bohanon also expressed his desire to join the Razorbacks in his interview with THV11. That’s a feeling he’s maintained throughout his recruitment, though his situation with Arkansas has been complicated.
The Hogs have had fellow in-state 4-star quarterback Connor Noland committed for more than a year. With Noland already in the fold, Arkansas’ previous staff initially did not recruit Bohanon as a quarterback. That stance changed last spring when it became clear that was Bohanon’s desired position.
“Every kid in Arkansas wants to be a Razorback,” Bohanon said. “A lot of guys like watching the Hogs. I like watching them. I like going to the games, I like the people up there and the fans are absolutely the best in the nation.”
Sources have indicated to SEC Country the change in offensive philosophy — from Bret Bielema’s pro style to Morris’ up-tempo spread — has helped Arkansas’ chances with Bohanon considerably. Tuesday we’ll find out if the changes are enough to secure his pledge.
Arkansas offers 5 from same school
Arkansas offered five recruits from Hewitt-Trussville High School in Alabama last week.
Among them was 4-star 2019 quarterback Paul Tyson — the great-grandson of legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant. A native Arkansan, Bryant was a 1931 graduate of Fordyce High School in the central part of the state.
The only 2018 recruit among the five offers was defensive back Myles Mason. A 3-star prospect committed to Mississippi State, Mason officially visited Arkansas last weekend.
Josh Floyd is the coach at Hewitt-Trussville. He arrived at the school in 2014 after a decade of success as coach at Shiloh Christian, located 10 miles north of Arkansas’ campus. He guided Shiloh Christian to four state titles and a 99-21 record in 10 seasons. Floyd also played quarterback at Shiloh Christian in the 1990s under Auburn coach Gus Malzahn.
Here are all five of the players offered from Hewitt-Trussville:
- DB Myles Mason, 3-star (2018)
- OL Pierce Quick, 4-star (2019)
- QB Paul Tyson, 4-star (2019)
- WR Dazalin Worsham, 4-star (2020)
- ATH Malachi Moore (2020)
JUCO DL Noah Jefferson has Hogs in top 4
Arkansas is among the top choices for 2018 defensive tackle Noah Jefferson despite its recent coaching change. He has listed his top 4 as Florida, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Louisville in that order.
A junior college prospect from Arizona Western Community College, Jefferson was a top target of the previous coaching staff. The level of interest the new staff has in him is unknown at this time.
Jefferson (6-foot-6, 300 pounds) is a 3-star recruit and the No. 19 overall JUCO prospect in the class. He arrived at Arizona Western following two seasons at Southern Cal. He played in every game as a freshman at USC, but played in just one as a sophomore. The Razorbacks hosted Jefferson as an official visitor the weekend of the Mississippi State game in November.
His older brother, Cam, played at Arkansas as a senior in 2015 after transferring from UNLV. He played in nine games with one start during his time in Fayetteville.
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