While hosting several football camps these past few days, Arkansas also got a chance to officially entertain a junior college duo from Mississippi Gulf Coast College.
Razorback wide receiver commit Jonathan Nance (6-1, 180, 4.4) and offensive lineman D’Marcus Hayes (6-6, 320) both got their first look at Arkansas last Thursday through Saturday.
“With Arkansas being in the SEC, I was expecting the best and that’s what it was,” said Nance, who committed to Arkansas sight unseen back on May 11. “They fed me a lot. I probably gained about three pounds. I’m not going to lie.”
Hayes - who said he felt like he had added 10 pounds - was pleased with what he found in Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema.
“He’s a real laid back kind of guy,” he said. “I really liked him. We visited his house and he had the reggae music going. He’s just a real cool guy.”
Nance, one of Arkansas’ 12 commits, caught 31 passes for 400 yards with three touchdowns last season and was hosted by current Razorback receivers Keon Hatcher and Jared Cornelius on his trip.
“They were cool, it was just like I fit in right along with them,” Nance said.
Nance, who has three years to play two and began his career at Southern Mississippi, chose Arkansas over offers from Troy and Colorado State.
Hayes has offers from Florida, Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Iowa State and got a chance to meet new Razorback offensive line coach Kurt Anderson.
“He’s a great dude, he kind of reminds me of my O-line coach at Gulf Coast,” Hayes said. “I feel like we can get along well.”
Hayes is being deliberate in his recruiting process, but noted the Razorbacks made him feel wanted.
“They’re definitely one of my top schools,” Hayes said. “It’s my first official visit so I really don’t have much to compare it to. I took a trip (unofficial visit) to Auburn a week before this weekend.”
Hayes expects to visit Louisville and Cincinnati next month and plans to take two more official visits.
“Right now, I’m waiting to schedule my other two,” he said. “I’m not sure who I’m going schedule just yet.”