Otis' Thursday Arkansas Razorback Recruiting Chatter

The Class of 2019 football in Arkansas is loaded.

The Class of 2019 in Arkansas appears to be a promising one. The Hogs have already offered four prospects in that class while they are sophomores in high school. Bret Bielema is fairly conservative giving out offers to younger in-state prospects so the fact he has extended this many early offers speaks volumes of the talent in 2019.

The Hogs have offered Bentonville West wide receiver Jadon Jackson, Jonesboro 4-star offensive tackle Darius Thomas, Pulaski Academy 4-star tight end Hudson Henry and Warren 4-star wide receiver Treylon Burks. After Jackson is evaluated a little more by the national and regional recruiting people at 247Sports they may all be 4-stars.

But the talent doesn't end there. For instance, it has seemed like the state hasn't produced as many linebackers in recent years as one would hope. One thing that happens at times, and to no fault of anyone, but some of the players who are big enough to play linebacker are moved to the defensive line. That isn't something high school coaches are trying to do to hurt their recruiting, it's what they have to do to try and win games. Everyone should understand that.

But in 2019 a couple of big linebackers are in the state. Fort Smith Southside linebacker Darin Davenport, 6-2, 222, and Paragould's Tyler Rosten, 6-2, 235, are a pair who look very good on film. Arkansas could end up offering either or both. A third linebacker is Benton's Ty Neathery.

A player who may like great size, but doesn't lack in talent is Little Rock Christian cornerback Robert Springer Jr., 5-9, 150. In addition to his play on the field, he has a very impressive 4.0 GPA in the class room. Despite missing four games as a sophomore, Springer had 30 tackles, 11 pass breakups and a pair of interceptions. East Carolina has already taken notice and offered a scholarship.

Fort Smith Northside athlete Derrick Wise is a very talented recruit. He will attract several offers and could play any number of positions depending on his size.

Little Rock Catholic running back Sammy Johnson is on Arkansas radar. The talented speedster needs to get bigger, but has two years to do so. Magnolia running back Kaydn Roach is another one to watch. Pine Bluff also has a possibility at linebacker in Kemariea Wilkins.

On the defensive line, Elliott Harris Jr. is the son of a former Razorback Elliott Harris. At Joe T. Robinson, Harris gets outstanding coaching and has the size, 6-4, 318, to intrigue any college coach. Jonesboro's Kevin Pointer is another defensive lineman to watch.

Several other names have emerged and will continue to do so, but it's obvious the 2019 class will be a very good one.


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