Arkansas has four commitments. Due to only a dozen seniors at Arkansas what will the Class of 2018 look like?
Arkansas has seen three players for various reasons leave the football team following the end of spring ball. Of course not all were for the season reason. Running back Rawleigh Williams III was injured again in the final practice and opted to retire from football. Defensive lineman Daytrieon Dean and running back Juan Day both opted to transfer to find a program where they will have a chance to play more.
The loss of those three gets Arkansas to the 85-overall limit that is allowed each school. Arkansas has 69 scholarship players in school and 16 more in the past recruiting class that will start reporting soon. The Hogs will have a dozen scholarship seniors on the roster this fall though at least one of those could possibly be back in 2018. There's a chance the NCAA will give defensive back Kevin Richardson a sixth year.
The small senior class is why the talk of a small recruiting class in 2018 has been going around. Arkansas currently has four commitments for the Class of 2018 with each being a 4-star recruit with the 247Composite. The group includes a quarterback, tight end, linebacker and athlete who is likely to play defensive back.
So that brings up the next topic of how will the Hogs fill out the remainder of the class? The loss of Williams and Day makes running back a big priority now. That means the Hogs will likely sign two in the class. Reserve (La.) Academy 3-star Jeremy Gibson is likely to be one of the two running backs.
The defensive line is another area of need. That's where it's likely the Hogs use three or four scholarships. They have several targets on that side of the ball including Independence (Kan.) Community College 3-star defensive tackle Emmit Gooden. The talented Gooden could play any of the three defensive line positions in Arkansas' front.
Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb 3-star Thurman Geathers and Boca Raton (Fla.) 3-star Dante Lang are the hybrid defensive end-outside linebacker types that make recruiting to the 3-4 much better for the Hogs. Some other defensive end types are Chicago (Ill.) Marist 3-star Gavin McCabe, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek 3-star Nick Fulwider and Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook 3-star Joseph Boletepeli. The Hogs have offered all those and many more.
The Hogs have several offers out to interior defensive linemen too as well as some impressive junior college prospects along with Gooden. Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College nose guard Tayland Humphrey and Highland Community College defensive tackle Antar Thompson.
The Hogs will need to find a linebacker or two to go with Lucas (Texas) Lovejoy 4-star Bumper Pool and a little secondary help to go with DeSoto (Texas) 4-star BJ Hanspard.
On offense, the Hogs will look to add a couple or three offensive linemen and one or two wide receivers. Assuming Carterville (Ill.) 4-star tight end Luke Ford sticks then the Hogs may be finished there.