Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss a big-time upcoming visitor, Chad Morris’ thoughts on signing period changes and more.
Arkansas to receive visit from Carl Williams
Defensive tackle Carl Williams has a visit planned to Arkansas next weekend for the Razorbacks’ Feb. 24 junior day.
Williams (6-foot-4, 310 pounds) is from Lufkin, Texas, and is a 3-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite. He’s visiting Texas this weekend ahead of his trip to Fayetteville. His impressive offer list includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU, with Texas likely to join the group soon.
Arkansas coach Chad Morris identified Williams as one of the Hogs’ top prospects in the 2019 class almost immediately. The Razorbacks extended their offer to Williams Dec. 16, just 10 days after the Morris hiring and while he was still working steadfastly on the 2018 class.
It was the second time Morris had offered Williams, also doing so while at SMU last spring. The Mustangs were his second offer.
Williams is one of several recruits from East Texas the Hogs are targeting in future classes. The area is expected to be a major region of focus for the new staff. Landing Williams would certainly be a huge recruiting victory in East Texas and bringing him on campus at least gives the Hogs a chance.
Chad Morris gives thoughts 0n signing period changes
Coaches across the country are mostly undecided on how they believe the first-ever early signing period last December will affect future signing classes.
Some, such as Syracuse’s Dino Babers, see this as the end of the traditional February signing period. LSU’s Ed Orgeron doesn’t know how recruits will react going forward but knows he wants to be more selective in the future after signing 21 players last December.
As for the Razorbacks, Morris believes this will start a trend of more players waiting until February to sign. That was his message to several recruits in the 2018 class. It made sense considering he’d only been on the job two weeks when the early signing period arrived. But he doesn’t envision his stance changing going forward.
“Do I think [future classes] will wait until [February] to sign? I actually had one of my coaches ask me that question, and I think they will,” Morris said. “That’s just me. I don’t know that for a fact, but I think you’ll find more and more guys that may push it back and wait.”
Just more than 60 percent of the top FBS prospects, according to the 247Sports composite, signed during the early period in the 2018 class.
ICYMI: QB Grant Gunnell de-commits from Texas A&M
Arkansas’ efforts to land 2019 quarterback target Grant Gunnell received a boost Tuesday evening when he de-committed from Texas A&M.
Gunnell (6-6, 207 pounds) is a 4-star prospect and the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite. He attends St. Pius X High School in Houston, where he threw for nearly 5,000 yards and 61 touchdowns last season.
He is viewed as one of the Razorbacks’ top targets in the 2019 class. The Hogs currently do not have a commit in that group.
Click here to read more about Gunnell’s de-commitment from A&M and why Arkansas is a serious contender to get him.
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