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Arkansas Razorbacks set to play host to group of visitors this weekend

Arkansas is set to host some impressive recruits this weekend as they continue spring drills.

Arkansas hasn't had a junior day, but on Saturday they will host some outstanding talent from around the country. Among the visitors will be Pearcy (Ark.) Lake Hamilton High School Class of 2018 offensive lineman Will Burgess.

Burgess, 6-4, 340, isn't as known as some other prospects around the state, but he is quickly making a name for himself. His new coach has helped get him known to Arkansas. A look at his highlights from last year is impressive. Burgess talked about the visit on Saturday and what he's looking for.

"I am extremely excited toward this visit," Burgess said. "It is my first big D-I visit and I hope that it goes very well. I'm not too sure what exactly to expect, I am just hoping for the best and see where that goes."

While Arkansas is being very selective with its Class of 2018 offers due to limited scholarships, Burgess said to play for the Hogs would be special and hopes for an offer.

"Playing at Arkansas would mean the world to me," Burgess said. "It was my dad's dream, along with the rest of my family, since I was first born. Everyone in my family can't wait for this weekend when we come up for a visit."

Burgess' father, William, was a Razorback from 1978-80. While it's obvious Burgess would love to be a Razorback, but in general he talked about what he's looking for in a college.

" In a college, I would look for the place that fits me best academically, as well as where I fit in best athletically," Burgess said.

For those that haven't seen your video or watched you play, what do you feel are your strengths as a player?

"My strengths as an O-lineman is definitely my strength in general," Burgess said. "Also I feel like I play very well and have good feet and quickness for being 340-pounds."

His bench press is 365-pounds and squats 470. Burgess is looking forward to his senior season this fall. He enjoyed last season as well.

"I feel my junior year was awesome," Burgess said. "I had tons of fun and my teammates are extremely supportive toward what I am trying to accomplish."

Barry Lunney Jr. and Kurt Anderson are handling his recruiting for the Hogs.

More Visitors

One of the unofficial visitors this weekend could be on commitment watch. Oklahoma City (Okla.) Bishop McGuinness Class of 2018 3-star offensive tackle Owen Condon will return to Fayetteville. He visited for the Florida game last season. Condon holds a long list of offers.

He may wait to make a decision, but is still someone to keep an eye on for a verbal pledge this weekend. Condon would be a huge get for the Hogs since they are being so selective in the recruiting this year. His Crystal Ball only has one pick, but it's for the Hogs.

Condon won't be the only visitor from Oklahoma. Class of 2019 tight end Grayson Boomer from Collinsville will also see the Hogs. From Missouri, the Hogs will host Camdenton Class of 2018 offensive lineman Josh Semau. The mammoth Semau is a sleeper in the recruiting circles, but a talented player.

The Lone Star State will be well represented as well. Houston St. Pius Class of 2019 quarterback Grant Gunnell is visiting. Gunnell will spend Friday and Saturday at Arkansas. Texas A&M, Florida State, Nebraska, LSU and Oklahoma State in addition to many others have joined Arkansas in offering Gunnell.

Spring Klein Oak defensive lineman Gerald Irons III, The Woodlands offensive tackle McKade Mettauer and Stafford wide receiver Jalen Curry are visiting. All are Class of 2019.


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