It turns out there were more tailbacks recruitied in Arkansas’ 2016 grid class than one first thought.
While doing research for Hawgs Illiustrated’s upcoming Recruiting Issue, it was learned that Shepherd, Texas, three-star defensive end Jonathan Marshall (6-5, 270) also spent time in the offensive backfield this season.
“Jonathan was a four-year starter for us and you could tell he was going to be special as a freshman because he was such a specimen already and he had a great work ethic,” Shepherd head coach Chip Keel said.
“He is also a great young man that the coaches are going to love being around. He is big, strong and quite the athlete for us.
“Not only did he have almost 100 tackles, 20 of those for lost yardage, but he also rushed for over 700 yards for us.
“At 6-5, 270, I put him back there at tailback and he went 60 yards on his first carry.”
Arkansas signed a pair of tailbacks in Beaumont, Texas, Central’s Devwah Whaley and Pulaski Robinson’s T.J. Hammonds, who is likely to split time in the backfield and at slot receiver.
Marshall, whose cousin Cedric Reed is currently in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, was a late flip from Oklahoma State after visiting the Razorbacks the final weekend before national signing date.
He chose Arkansas over TCU, Nebraska and others and Razorback fans hope he can play like relative Cedric Hardman, who owns the San Franciso 49ers career sack record with 112.5.
“I think he is going to be a great fit for Arkansas,” Keel said. “Usually I am not a big fan of changing schools late, but I do think Arkansas is a better place for him and he will have a lot of success there.”
Jonathan Marshall takes a handoff during a game his senior season.
Jonathan Marshall signs with Arkansas.