Decisions coming soon for 3 top targets in Arkansas’ 2018 recruiting class

Arkansas will sign it’s first players under new coach Chad Morris on Wednesday during the first-ever early signing period.

Most of the Hogs’ 11 commitments in the 2018 class are definitely planning to sign with Arkansas during the 72-hour window. There are some who are still considering signing elsewhere or potentially waiting until the February signing period to allow more time for a firm decision.

This week, there will definitely be three top Arkansas targets choosing between the Hogs and their other top choices. Here’s what to know about those decisions and when they’ll announce:

Gerry Bohanon Jr. announcement: Tuesday, 2 p.m. CT

Gerry Bohanon Jr. — Arkansas’ top in-state recruit in the class — is finally ready to announce his commitment. He’ll do so Tuesday at 2 p.m. CT inside the gymnasium at Earle High School with the expectation of signing the following day. Bohanon is a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports composite. He lists Arkansas, Baylor, Indiana and Memphis as his finalist.

Arkansas or Baylor is expected to be Bohanon’s choice. He’s high on Morris and openly admits he’d love to play for the Razorbacks. The Bears, meanwhile, are currently set to have just one scholarship quarterback on the roster next season. So, it would appear they present the best path to early playing time. Memphis did get the final impression as he officially visited over the weekend, so maybe the Tigers have a serious chance as well.

Noah Banks signing: Wednesday, 10 a.m. CT

Junior college offensive lineman Noah Banks committed to Arkansas in November with the previous staff still in place. Bret Bielema’s firing coincided with Banks’ recruitment picking up steam significantly. As a result, he’s currently a soft commit to the Hogs and considering other programs.

Morris and his staff made a trip to Iowa Western Community College last week to put in a final sales pitch to Banks. The competition is very stout for Arkansas to beat out with Auburn, Florida and Texas as his other finalists. He’ll be making his choice public and signing at 10 a.m. CT Wednesday in his hometown of Pensacola, Fla.

Sean Michael Flanagan signing: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. CT

Like Banks, athlete commit Sean Michael Flanagan pledged to the Hogs under the previous staff and hasn’t officially de-committed. He his, however, considering another possibility after taking an official visit to Oklahoma State earlier this month.

Flanagan, from Charleston (Ark.), has been expected to play safety at Arkansas. The Razorbacks do not currently have a defensive coordinator, which has certainly played a role in complicating his decision. Arkansas did get to make the final push for Flanagan as he was on campus along with 10 others for an official visit this weekend. He plans to sign with either the Hogs or Cowboys at 10:30 a.m. CT Wednesday inside the gymnasium at Charleston High School.

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