Arkansas will go through the first-ever early signing period this week. It is set to begin Wednesday, Dec. 20, and lasts for 72 hours.
Due to the recent coaching change at Arkansas, the new staff under Chad Morris has been very active the past two weeks trying to solidify the class. The change has made things very fluid as far as the Hogs’ 2018 class is concerned. Morris’ staff has added four commitments of their own and has 12 total as the signing period approaches.
The expectation is for the Razorbacks to sign half of their class total during the earlier period. The rest likely will sign during the traditional signing period in early February.
To help prepare for the early signing period, here’s everything you need to know as Wednesday approaches:
What is the early signing period?
Last spring, the NCAA pushed through a policy allowing high school recruits to sign a national letter of intent in December for the first time ever. In the past, such recruits had to wait until National Signing Day in February to sign a letter of intent. Early enrollees had previously signed financial aid agreements in December before enrolling, but now can sign a binding letter of intent.
The change is expected to alter the recruiting calendar significantly. Many schools, Arkansas included, are planning to sign all of their current commits in the early period. Therefore, the February signing day is likely to have far less intrigue as in years past.
When is the early signing period?
The early signing period begins Wednesday, Dec. 20, and lasts through Friday, Dec. 22.
Which Arkansas commitments are signing in the early period?
Most of Arkansas’ current commitments are expected to sign during the early period. Here’s the full list of those definitely expected to sign with the Hogs:
- Bumper Pool, 4-star LB, Lovejoy (Lucas, Texas)
- Connor Noland, 4-star QB, Greenwood (Ark.)
- LaDarrius Bishop, 3-star CB, Ashdown (Ark.)
- Michael Woods, 3-star WR, Magnolia (Texas)
- John Mincey, 3-star DL, Clinch County (Homerville, Ga.)
- Isaiah Nichols, 3-star DL, Springdale (Ark.)
- Noah Gatlin, 3-star OL, Jonesboro (Ark.)
- Billy Ferrell, 3-star DL, Fordyce (Ark.)
- Silas Robinson, 3-star OL, Yoakum (Texas)
Note: All star ratings are based on the 247Sports composite.
Which Arkansas commitments aren’t signing with the Hogs in the early period?
As of Monday morning, it remained unclear if 3-star offensive line commit Luke Jones would sign during the early period. He’s still weighing his options following a visit to Fayetteville over the weekend, which came a week after visiting Notre Dame. He says he’s still committed to Arkansas, though there’s a chance he’ll wait until February to sign in an effort to further solidify things.
Noah Banks — another offensive lineman — is currently a soft commit to Arkansas. The junior college 3-star will be signing this week, just maybe not with the Hogs. He’ll announce his final decision Wednesday between Arkansas, Auburn, Florida and Texas.
Athlete commit Sean Michael Flanagan, a 3-star from Charleston (Ark.), will sign Wednesday. Exactly who he’ll be signing with isn’t yet certain. He visited Fayetteville last weekend and remains committed to the Hogs. However, Oklahoma State apparently remains in play to land his pledge.
Which uncommitted Arkansas targets are announcing decisions?
Gerry Bohanon Jr. will announce his college choice Tuesday at 2 p.m. CT. From Earle, Ark., Bohanon is a 4-star prospect and Arkansas’ No. 1 in-state recruit in the class. He has the Hogs among his final choices along with Baylor, Indiana and Memphis.
Which Arkansas early signees will enroll early?
Among the signees, Pool and Woods are both set to enroll early. The others are expected to arrive on campus in early June.
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