Arkansas will get a visit on Friday from a couple of Missouri prep stars that could be a big part of its future down the line.
Kansas City Rockhurst offensive lineman Zach Hannon (6-5, 300) and Lee's Summit West defensive end Jamone Boyd (6-4, 245) will be on campus Friday to visit with the Razorback coaches.
"I love Arkansas," Hannon said. "Every time I go down there, it just feels like home. I'm real big fans of (Razorback offensive line) Coach (Chris) Klenakis and (Arkansas offensive coordinator) Coach Paul Petrino. I talk to those guys all the time and have a great relationship with them and I am really looking forward to being down there with them."
Hannon, who the Razorbacks offered first, has recently narrowed his list to a Final Five of Arkansas, Nebraska, Kansas State, Northwestern and Missouri.
Boyd has offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri and Purdue.
"We are really good friends and trying to take some visits together," Hannon said. "We were at Kansas on Tuesday, coming to Arkansas on Friday, going to Missouri's one-day camp on June 10th and then going to Kansas State on the 16th.
"I also think I am going to try and go take a visit where I see a lot of places like Northwestern and Illinois and some others up that way," Hannon added.
Hannon believes his footwork is his biggest strength.
"I played lacrosse and soccer until I was in the sixth grade so I feel like I have excellent footwork," Hannon said. "I feel like I am aggressive and am very good is my pro pass protection. I just want to keep getting stronger and working on my technique every year."
Hannon said he has a goal of having his college decision made before he heads into the season.
"I would like to do it sometime in July after taking these visits," Hannon said. "I feel like by then I should have a real good feel for what I want to do."
Since Arkansas began recruiting the pair, Bobby Petrino was ousted as the Razorback coach and replace by John L. Smith on a 10-month contract.
Hannon addressed the switch and how it might factor into his recruiting.
"I can't say it won't affect it at all because it will a little," Hannon said. "With Coach Smith there, it's kind of a what-if thing. But like I said, I love Arkansas and that certainly wouldn't keep me from going there because they are going to have a great coach and a great program no matter who the coach is."
Hannon came to Arkansas earlier this year for a Junior Day.
"My family and I were like ‘is this a college program or is this an NFL one?' They have such great facilities and are adding on. It's just tremendous," Hannon said. "And they are in the SEC West, where the best players are. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best and playing in the SEC West really appeals to me."
Hannon, Boyd Set to Visit Arkansas
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