Arkansas is now in the mix for a middle linebacker from Oregon who is playing his junior college football in California.
Riverside Community College standout A.J. Hotchkins (6-0, 235) – a junior college All-American as a freshman last season - got an offer from the Razorbacks on Monday.
Arkansas joins a list of 25 other schools that have offered Hotchkins, but he says he is now only considering Arkansas, Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, California and Washington State.
“(Arkansas head) Coach (Bret) Bielema came to see me about three weeks ago and he said they were looking at me and one other junior college linebacker,” Hotchkins said. “He called me tonight and told me that I had the offer and I feel really blessed about the opportunity.”
Hotchkins has already visited Colorado and has plans to visit Oregon on Dec. 4-6 and Utah Dec. 11-13.
The problem with the Arkansas offer is that Hotchkins would be a mid-term transfer at the other schools, but not at an SEC one such as Arkansas.
“For me, I am going to have to take a look at what I really want to do,” Hotchkins said. “It’s the SEC rule with the English and Math class that the other conferences don’t have.
“So it comes down to whether staying and taking those classes is worth it for me. I will make a decision before too long, in the next couple of weeks, because I don’t want to waste their time if I decide that is not something I want to do.
“I am going to go talk to my counselor and see what all it would take and then decide whether to take a visit out there or not."
The Razorbacks are also recruiting Riverside offensive lineman Dwayne Wallace (6-5, 338), who has plans to visit Arkansas officially on the weekend of Dec. 12.
Bielema visited both of them on Arkansas' bye week of Oct. 17.
Hotchkins has 84 tackles so far this season for a 7-2 Riverside squad that finishes its regular season this week with a game at Citrus CC.
He had 101 tackles as a freshman for Riverside and was named the Southern California Football Association Defensive Player off The Year.
Hotchkins had originally signed with Wyoming after his high school career on Portland, Oregon, Tigard, but matriculated to Riverside instead.