Recruiting Report, 1/29: Hogs Want Porter

Arkansas will host six players for official visits this weekend, including U.S. Army All-American tailback Kyle Porter of Katy, Texas. The Razorbacks get its first 2017 commit in Metairie, La., Archbishop Rummel linebacker Derrick Munson.

Arkansas will take its shot this weekend at landing the Texas Tailback Daily Double.

Katy, Texas, tailback Kyle Porter (5-11, 190) is taking his official visit this weekend to Fayetteville.

The Razorbacks will love to add him to a 2016 recruiting class that already includes Beaumont, Texas, Central tailback Devwah Whaley (6-0, 208).

"Arkansas is known as Running Back U,” Porter said in an earlier interview with “They always have a great offensive line and any type of back can thrive in that offense."

Despite missing four games this season, Porter rushed for nearly 2,000 yards and 36 touchdowns this season for Katy, which went 16-0 and won the state championship and was also named MaxPreps National Champ.

Porter had 188 yards and 3 touchdowns while being named the Offensive MVP of the title game.

He is down to a final three schools of Arkansas, TCU and Texas - the latter two he has already visited.

“He has had a highly productive career at just about the highest level of high school football that you can here in Texas at the 6A level,” notes Scout .com analyst Gabe Brooks.

Porter is one of six prospects visiting Arkansas this weekend.

That list also includes North Dakota State College of Science cornerback Joseph Putu (6-2, 195, 4.37), San Bernardino Valley, Calif., College offensive lineman Paul Ramirez (6-7, 295), Marshall, Texas, safety Micahh Smith (6-0, 200) and Moultrie, Ga., Colquitt County linebacker Dee Walker (6-3, 210).

There is also a defensive end committed to another school taking an official visit to Arkansas this weekend.

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Metairie, La., Archbishop Rummel junior linebacker Derrick Munson (6-1, 200), the New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Defensive Player of the Year,  became the Razorbacks’ first 2017 commit of the season on Friday night.

He tweeted out Friday that he was ready to commit to Arkansas and that could come as early as Monday or Tuesday when the Razorback staff has a chance to review transcripts as it looks over 2017 recruiting.

Munson had a whopping 158 tackles this past season, including 21 for lost yardage after moving from safety as a sophomore to outside linebacker as a junior.

“I always liked being closer to the ball,” Munson told the Advocate. “I didn’t really like all the dropping back into coverage as much. I liked accelerating and getting to the ball.”

He shined on the big stage with a season-high 21 tackles while forcing two fumbles, recovering one and also having an interception in a win over Wayne County that was televised by ESPN2.

“He just disrupts stuff,” Rummel linebacker coach Cordale Hankton said. “He flies to the ball. He’s a great player and an even better kid. Everything that’s happened for him, he’s earned it.”

Arkansas has two current Razorbacks from Rummel in cornerback Henre’ Toliver and linebacker Dwayne Eugene.

The Razorbacks also have a commitment from Rummel defensive tackle Briston Guidry and are in the final three for cornerback Kristian Fulton of Rummel. 

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