If Arkansas can get a recruit on campus, it can usually erase the stigma associated with the state.
That was the case again earlier this week, when Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep four-star linebacker Addison Gumbs took an unofficial visit to Fayetteville.
“People were telling me, coming from California, that Arkansas is a real hillbilly town,” Gumbs said. “That really wasn’t the case. It’s a little bit different, but not that much different from California.”
During his time with the Razorbacks, which offered him Feb. 29, Gumbs spent a lot of time with linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves and spoke to defensive line coach Rory Segrest and defensive coordinator Robb Smith, all of whom he said have great personalities.
“I had a great time,” Gumbs said. “The coaching staff was real straight forward and that’s something I like a lot. The players and everyone down there showed me great hospitality.
“It was an awesome trip.”
He also got to take in one of Arkansas’ spring practices.
“They were really physical and it was something that looked like it would be fun to be a part of,” Gumbs said.
The trip to Arkansas was just one of many unofficial visits he is taking during the spring and summer, as he tries to narrow down a list of where he wants to go to college.
He has well over 20 offers, including from Arizona State, California, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Vanderbilt.
While he tries to cut that list down, Gumbs (6-4, 215) said he hopes to continue evolving into a more complete linebacker heading into his senior season.
In 10 games as a junior, Gumbs made 30 tackles for loss, including 23 sacks. He is the No. 105 overall player and No. 6 outside linebacker in the class of 2017, according to Scout.
“I’m working on my pass rush ability as well as my pass coverage,” Gumbs said. “I’m just trying to become a better all-around player this offseason.”