It appears Arkansas has a shot at pulling off a Texas Tailback Daily Double.
Katy star and U.S. Army All-American Kyle Porter (5-11, 194, 4.4), who had 82 touchdowns in his high school career, will officially visit Arkansas, Texas and TCU according to Howard Chen of Fox 26 KRIV-TV.
The Razorbacks would love to add Porter to Beaumont Central standout Devwah Whaley (6-0, 208), who committed to Arkansas on Saturday on ESPN during the Under Armour All-American Game.
“Porter is a running back who has really come into his own as a senior in 2015 as he was handed the keys to the Katy offense and has stepped up to task,” Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Powers said. “ He is able to pick up tough yardage in the middle of the field and is able to also make the home run play.
“He is elusive with his style making it tough for defenders to get a clean shot. He is a proven commodity in the passing game.”
Porter rushed 235 times for 1,938 yards and 36 touchdowns and also had four catches for 106 yards for 2,000-plus all-purpose yards while leading Katy (16-0) to the Class 6A D-II state title.
He rushed for 4,821 yards and 76 touchdowns while also catching 26 passes for 490 yards and six more scores during his three-year high school career.
Porter, who is being recruited by Arkansas assistants Clay Jennings and Jemal Singleton, was selected to the U.S. Army All-American game, but is not playing due to an injury.
He has set up an official visit with Texas on Jan. 22-24 and will take visits to Arkansas and TCU around that trek.
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It’s known that Arkansas would like to add one more linebacker to its current three in the 2016 recruiting class.
A new name out there is Giovanni LaFrance (6-1, 239) of New Orleans, La., St. Augustine, who had 102 tackles, 5 sacks and 15 tackles for lost yardage this season.
He was committed to Tulane, but de-committed recently and has offers from some 15 schools, including Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, California, Louisville, Memphis, Arizona State and Utah, the latest to offer.
Arkansas and Texas are schools that have also been talking with LaFrance lately.