The Razorbacks will spend the next couple of days trying to convince some prospects that they should spend the next couple of years in Fayetteville.
Arkansas is hosting a trio of junior college prospects – the Mississippi Gulf Coast College duo of wide receiver Jonathan Nance
(6-1, 181) and offensive lineman D’Marcus Hayes (6-6, 320) as well as Arizona Western College tight end Jeremy Patton (6-6, 248, 4.5).
Nance is one of Razorbacks’ current 10 commits, but all three - set to arrive in Northwest Arkansas Wednesday night - will be making their first trip to see the Arkansas campus when they begin their visits on Thursday morning.
Hayes will visit the Razorbacks this week and Louisville and Cincinnati next month and also has offers from Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida, Iowa State, Memphis and others.
“I am looking forward to getting up there and checking everything out at Arkansas,” Hayes said. “Arkansas seems like a great place and it’s in the SEC, which is a place where the best play so I am really interested.”
He started all 11 games as a freshman last season, but is still working to get better.
“I feel like I am pretty solid in all areas, but I am always working on my pass pro and my run blocking to get better,” Hayes said. “I also have good feet for a guy my size.”
Hayes has had some contact with new Arkansas offensive line coach Kurt Anderson, but is pleased that he will have a chance to sit down during the visit and get to know the man and his coaching style.
“He obviously has a great background of coaching in college and the NFL and knows what he is doing,” Hayes said. “I am happy that I will get to talk about how he coaches and what his style is.”
Hayes is a former teammate of current Razorback true freshman tight end Grayson Gunter.
“He tells me that it is a great place, that the coaches are really cool and that they care about you as more than just a football player,” Hayes said. “He is really happy with Arkansas.”
Nance committed to Arkansas back on May 17th after a freshman season in which he caught 31 passes for over 400 yards and a trio of touchdowns.
“I know it is the place for me, but I am looking forward to seeing everything that Arkansas has to offer,” Nance said.
Nance and Hayes are just two of the four Gulf Coast prospects that Arkansas is recruiting along with highly-regarded defensive end Isaiah Buggs (6-4, 265) and receiver Brandon Martin (6-4, 220).
Buggs, who had 59 tackles, 8 tackles for lost yardage and four sacks last season, has offers from 12 of the 14 SEC schools with the lone exceptions being Texas A&M and Missouri.
Martin, who originally signed with LSU out of Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, has offers from Auburn, Florida, Arkansas, Iowa State and Mississippi State among others.
Patton has already visited Louisville and Auburn, where he clearly was impressed.
“If Auburn isn’t my top one right now, it is fighting to be my number one school,” Patton told Mark Murphy of Inside the Auburn Tigers.
“Being in the SEC it is really different than where I was last week (Louisville). The place is unbeatable.”
Patton, who is also considering trips to USC, Alabama and Ohio State, told Murphy he plans to make his decision public on August 30.