Arkansas got an unofficial visit from one of the state's top prospects in the Class of 2019.
Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside Class of 2019 athlete Derrick Wise II unofficially visited Arkansas on Tuesday. Wise is considered among the best recruits in the state in his class.
Wise talked to HawgsDaily about the visit and being able to attend a practice.
"My visit with the Hogs went really well," Wise said. "It gave me a chance to be near the players and up close on all the action. It also allowed me to view the various positions that I play. This was my third visit, so I'm pretty familiar with the facilities and the tour they gave me and they checked my height and weight."
Most recruits give positive feedback on the coaching staff at Arkansas. Bret Bielema and his staff including in-state recruiter Barry Lunney Jr. make favorable impressions on the prospects. Wise was no different.
"The coaching staff was great and made me feel at ease and welcome," Wise said.
Wise is capable of playing different positions on the football. He is a key running back for the Grizzlies. Did the coaches talk to you about where you would play if you came to Arkansas?
"I haven't discussed positions with any coaches but I see my self at running back or safety," Wise said. "I feel like my strengths are that I can play multiple positions on the field and I'm a quick learner and always motivated to learn new things."
Northside Coach Mike Falleur had high praise on Wise when he talked to Hootens.com prior to the 2016 season.
"He's a phenom," Falleur told Hootens.com. "He can run full speed and change directions without stopping."
That was prior to the season. How does Wise feel his sophomore season went?
"My sophomore season was pretty good," Wise said. "I learned a lot moving from junior high to high school football. This year was a great learning experience and hopefully I can do a lot more for my team moving forward."
Arkansas has already offered four prospects in the state in 2019. What would an offer from the Razorbacks mean to you?
"An offer from Arkansas to me would feel great," Wise said. "It's only 45 minutes from where I live which means my family could come up to the hill and watch me play. An a great academic program."