Arkansas trails 3 schools for TE target Luke Ford

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Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss where the Hogs stand with Luke Ford, a new offer and more.

Former Arkansas commit Luke Ford has Hogs just behind his leaders

Arkansas still remains a contender for 2018 tight end Luke Ford. However, the Razorbacks are firmly in the second tier of schools he’s considering.

Three other programs stand out as his top choices. Arkansas is among three others taking a close backseat for the time being.

“I think Alabama, Georgia and Michigan and are all tied,” Ford told DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell. “I think Arkansas, Auburn and Texas are below it.”

Ford is a 4-star recruit and No. 47 overall prospect in the class according to the 247Sports composite. He committed to Arkansas in March but rescinded his pledge three months later. His desire to visit other schools led him to the decision because the Hogs have a no-visit policy for commits. That led to visits of Georgia, Alabama and several other programs shortly after.

Ford recently had surgery to repair a broken collarbone. His father, Timothy, told SEC Country last week that Luke has no pain and is only experiencing some soreness. He is hopeful to be back in action in time for the playoffs with his Carterville (Ill.) High School team later this month.

The injury was sustained in Ford’s first game Aug. 25 but not correctly diagnosed until four weeks later. As a result, he played both sides of the ball with the injury through most of four games.

Arkansas offers JUCO OLB Jordan Allen

Arkansas has offered City College of San Francisco 2018 outside linebacker Jordan Allen, he announced Monday. He is the third junior college prospect the Hogs have offered in the past two weeks, joining offensive linemen Noah Banks and Jahmir Johnson.

Allen (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) also holds offers from Iowa State, Ole Miss, TCU and others. He took an official visit to TCU last weekend.

He has 13 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in five games for City College of San Francisco so far this season.

Allen spent the 2016 season at UC Davis, an FCS program, before transferring to junior college in search of potential opportunities at the FBS level. He is a 2016 graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield, Calif.

The Hogs are in need of an outside linebacker in the 2018 class.

NCAA moving to set number of recruiters at 30 per school

The Division I Football Oversight Committee has put together a proposal that would limit the number of staff members allowed to participate in recruiting.

If the proposal is passed, FBS schools would have to designate 30 staff members to take part in on-campus football recruiting. Those designated 30 would also be allowed to engage with recruits and their parents through written and electronic communication. The 30 would include the head coach, 10 assistants and four graduate assistants. The rule would go into effect ahead of next season.

“We feel we have reinforced the rules that are already on the books,” said Bob Bowlsby, the Football Oversight Committee’s chairman. “The head coach, the soon-to-be 10 assistants and the four graduate assistants are the people who are supposed to be coaching student-athletes, preparing them for the game and doing the recruiting.”

What would that mean for Arkansas? It would probably help the Hogs. They don’t have 30 staff members interacting with recruits and parents. Other schools potentially do. It could be a move that helps level the playing field.

The next step for the proposal is a vote by the Division I Council. January is the earliest that could take place.

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