Not only are as many as 12 grid prospects taking official visits to Arkansas this weekend, but a couple of the Razorbacks’ heralded pledges in the 2016 class are showing up to help recruit.
Smackover wide receiver Jordan Jones (6-1, 170, 4.3) and Beaumont, Texas, Central tailback Devwah Whaley (6-0, 208, 4.4) will both be in Fayetteville this weekend on unofficial visits to try and help land some future teammates.
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema took time to visit Jones on his birthday on Wednesday.
Whaley committed to Arkansas on Jan. 2 at the Under Armour All-American game and has remained steadfast in that pledge even as Texas and other schools have continued to recruit him.
Whaley rushed for 1,701 yards and 23 touchdowns this season and is rated as the nation’s third-best tailback according to ESPN
The list of official visitors this weekend includes one five-star prospect per both Scout .com and ESPN.com in Nacogdoches, Texas, safety Brandon Jones (6-1, 190).
He will be joined by several other highly recruited prospects, including Houston, Texas, Westfield wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (6-3, 180), Edmond Santa Fe safety-linebacker Calvin Bundage (6-3, 190) and cornerbacks Kristian Fulton (6-1, 190) of Metairie, La., Archbishop Rummel (6-0, 180) and Eric Cuffee (6-0, 190) of Waco, Texas.
Arkansas hopes to add to its linebacker commits with New Orleans, La., St. Augustine Giovanni LaFrance (6-1, 239) slated to be on hand after getting an offer earlier this week.
The Razorbacks will also host four commits in wide receiver Kofi Boateng (6-3, 180), offensive lineman Jake Heinrich (6-4, 280), Marrero, La., John Ehret linebacker De’Jon Harris (6-1, 230) and Metairie Archbishop Rummel defensive tackle Briston Guidry (6-3, 270).
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Scranton, La., Lackawanna linebacker Kapri Doucet (6-3, 233), one of Arkansas’ recruiting targets, committed to Oklahoma on Friday.
He was unable to make the trip to Norman on Friday for his official visit, but chose to make the pledge to the Sooners over Arkansas and Louisville.
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Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and defensive line coach Rory Segrest visited Marietta, Ga., Mt. Paran Christian Academy defensive end Allen Cater (6-5, 240) on Thursday night.
Cater promptly canceled his visit to South Carolina and announced that he will commit to either Arkansas or North Carolina on national signing date.
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Arkansas visitors who have arrived in Fayetteville:
• Jake Heinrich
• Briston Guidry
• Kristian Fulton
• De'Jon Harris
• Kofi Boateng
• Tyrie Cleveland
• Eric Cuffee
• Giovanni LaFrance
• Calvin Bundage
• There is one prospect that has arrived for an official visit that is committed to another school that has asked that his name not be out at the present time.