It’s no secret that Arkansas is in search of some big-time running backs for its 2016 recruiting class and a four-star prospect that fits the bill will be on campus in June.
Beaumont, Texas, Central tailback Devwah Whaley (6-0, 205), who rushed for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, plans to visit the Razorbacks in June with his mother.
He is well aware of the possibility that Arkansas could lose both senior Jonathan Williams and junior Alex Collins to next year’s NFL Draft.
“I am excited to get up there and meet with the coaches and check out the school and the campus,” Whaley said Wednesday night. “I know that Jonathan and Alex both probably won’t be there next season so that leaves a big opportunity to come in and play right away.
“I can certainly see myself being very successful in Arkansas’ offense and that’s why I want to get up there as soon as a I can and take a really good look at the place. They are in definitely in my top group.”
Arkansas’ coaches have impressed Whaley, including head coach Bret Bielema.
“Everybody knows that Arkansas’ offense under Coach Bielema is one that is great for running backs and I can see myself being very successful with those guys,” Whaley said. “I look forward to spending time with those coaches during my time there.”
Whaley has over 20 offers, including ones from Arkansas, Texas A&M, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
“My plan right now is to get my list down to 10 by the end of this week or next,” Whaley said. “Then I’ll get down to six after I take some visits in June."
Whaley, regarded as the 156th-best player overall nationally by Scout.com, has a list of factors that will play into that decision.
“The first thing is going to be academics,” Whaley said. “I know everybody says that, but I mean it.
“The other big things are how comfortable I feel around the coaches and the players, the chance of success for the team and the opportunity to get on the field early and make an impact right away.”
Whaley has plans to visit the Hogs, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi State and Nebraska this summer.
“Those visits should really help me narrow things down,” Whaley said. “I have a top group of schools – not any one school – so I just need to take a few more visits and check things out.”