Arkansas’ football program is expected to finish with a 2016 recruiting class of over 20 prospects on Wednesday, the NCAA’s National Football Signing Date.
The Razorbacks already have two members of that class enrolled at Arkansas in five-star defensive end McTelvin Agim (6-3, 270) of Arkansas and offensive lineman Terrance Deion Malone (6-5, 290) of Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Only a few questions are left up in the air about where Houston Westfield wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (6-3, 190) and Metairie, La., Archbishop Rummel safety Kristin Fulton (6-1, 180) will sign. Cleveland is down to Arkansas, TCU and Florida while Fulton lists LSU, Florida and Arkansas Below is a list of Arkansas’s signees and expected signees.
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BIO: A 5-star prospect per ESPN.com and 4-star one per Scout.com, Agim is regarded as one of the nation’s top defensive prospects and enrolled at Arkansas in January. Agim had 72.5 tackles, 26 tackles for lost yardage, 14 sacks, 9 pass break ups, 8 quarterback hurries and an interception. He also returned 8 kickoffs for 406 yards and one touchdown and chose Arkansas over Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas and a host of others. • •
BIO: Malone chose Arkansas over Mississippi State and others after helping lead Northwest Mississippi Community College to a 11-1 mark and national championship. He played his high school football at Batesville, Miss., and was part of an offense this season that averaged over 500 yards of total offense.
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BIO: A 3-star prospect, Boateng had 46 catches for 782 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. He chose Arkansas over Ole Miss, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Texas Tech, North Carolina, Arizona State, Boston College, California, Houston, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State and Maryland among others. • • •
BIO: Capps, a four-star prospect per Scout .com, had 86 tackles, 17 for lost yardage, 5 sacks, two recovered fumbles and one blocked punt while also playing offensive line during Star City’s 9-4 season that ended with a 50-21 loss at Prairie Grove. Capps chose Arkansas over LSU, Auburn and several other schools.
BIO: A three-star prospect, Edwards had 79 tackles this season with 13 tackles for lost yardage, 3 pass break ups and an interception. Edwards committed to Arkansas in the summer after also having offers from Missouri, South Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina State and others.
BIO: Guidry had 91 tackles this season with nine sacks, 7 tackles for lost yardage, 7 quarterback hurries, 2 fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal. The 3-star prospect chose Arkansas over Alabama, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Arizona State and others. • • •
BIO: Gunter’s senior season ended early with a season-ending injury, but he did have 26 catches for 232 yards. Gunter chose Arkansas after also receiving offers from Mississippi State and Ole Miss, where his dad Bubba played in the late 1980s.
BIO: Hammonds, a four-star prospect per Scout .com, rushed 103 times for 1,375 yards (13.1 yards per carry) and 22 touchdowns and also caught 23 passes for 661 yards and six more scores during his senior season. Hammonds, who had 2,131 all-purpose yards this past season, chose Arkansas over Alabama, TCU and several other schools and the Razorbacks plan to use him as both a tailback and slot receiver.
BIO: Harris became one of the nation’s most-buzzed about products after a senior season that saw him fill in at quarterback and lead him team to the state championship game while rushing for 1,058 yards, having 374 receiving yards and threw for 495 yards, accounting for 23 touchdowns. He also had 83 tackles, 14 for loss. Harris chose Arkansas over Alabama, Oregon, Colorado and others. Harris was named the New Orleans Advocate’s Large School Offensive Player of the Year.
BIO: A four-star prospect, Heinrich chose Arkansas over Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisville, Illinois, California, UNLV and others. He graded out at 91.5 percent this season with 21 pancake blocks and did not allow any sacks this season.
BIO: Arkansas’ lone quarterback signee in the 2016 class, Kelley is a three-star prospect that chose the Razorbacks over Oklahoma State. Louisiana Tech and Southern Mississippi. He completed 199-of-352 passes this season for 2,911 yards and also rushed 96 times for 277 yards and 11 more scores.
BIO: Jean-Baptiste chose Arkansas even before he had seen the campus and do so despite offers from Miami, Michigan State, Louisville, Wisconsin, Pitsburgh, North Carolina and North Carolina State. The three-star prospect had 45 tackles this season with three tackles for lost yardage, 3 fumbles caused, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception.
BIO: Johnson committed to Arkansas after shining at a summer camp and pledged soon afterwards and stay true as Florida State, Nebraska and others offered, He played defense mostly this season and had 74 tackles with 10 sacks. That came after a junior year in which Johnson had 67 tackles and nine sacks while rushing for 280 yards and nine touchdowns last season while playing defensive end, tight end and Wildcat quarterback for the Bruins.
BIO: Jones, a three-star prospect who has blazing 4.37 speed, was the first member of the 2016 recruiting class to pledge to the Arkansas and remained steadfast to the Razorbacks although he was offered by Alabama and others along the way. He caught 36 passes for 721 yards and 11 touchdowns, rushed 21 times for 150 yards and one touchdown and was 8 of 16 passing for 149 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. On defense, he had three interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. He also returned four punts for 95 yards and one kickoff for 79 yards and a touchdown.
BIO: The 3-star prospect that was once committed to Tulane chose Arkansas over other offers from Louisville, Oklahoma State, Utah, Texas Tech, Arizona State and California. LaFrance had 99 tackles his senior season with 5 sacks, 8 tackles for lost yardage and also scored four touchdowns while playing tailback on offense.
BIO: A late flip from Oklahoma State to Arkansas, Marshall is a big pass-rushing defensive end that joins with McTelvin Agim to give the Razorbacks two edge rushers in the class.
BIO: Ramirez was a Junior College All-American this season for San Bernardino Valley, Calif., College. He chose Arkansas over Louisville, Indiana and others.
BIO: A two-star prospect, Smith had a whopping 123 tackles and 3 interceptions and from the safety spot for Marshall. Smith had offers from Texas State, Northwestern State, Lamar and Sam Houston State before Arkansas, Baylor and TCU all came in late in the process.
BIO: A three-star prospect that Arkansas expects to be a strong defender against spread teams, Walker chose Arkansas over Nebraska, Tennessee, Iowa, Indiana, Louisville, Central Florida and late interest from Georgia and Florida, where he took an official visit. Walker had 96 tackles this season with 5 sacks, 8 quarterback hurries and one foced fumble for a Colquitt County team that went 15-0 for the second straight season to win back-to-back state titles.
BIO: Whaley is a four-star prospect by all the major recruiting services and the third-best running back in the country per ESPN.com. Whaley rushed for 1,701 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior and chose Arkansas over Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama and a host of others. He announced his decision on ESPN right before the start of the Under Armour All-American game.