The three-star offensive lineman from Jonesboro had 16 offers before coming to the Razorbacks’ camp, but he was pretty excited to get offer No. 17.
“It was nice,” Gatlin said. “I thought I had a pretty good day and it was fun. Just to have that feeling was awesome.”
Among those offers are several from Power Five programs, including Arizona State, Indiana, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and Virginia.
Gatlin said he has also been to a camp at Ole Miss this summer and he could go to a camp at LSU this week, but that is still up in the air.
His timetable for a decision is not set in stone, either.
“Right now I plan on narrowing it down in a few weeks and then really looking into it,” Gatlin said. “The plan is maybe right before season starts or right after summer I’ll make a decision.”
One person who has helped Gatlin along the way is his grandfather, former Arkansas State men’s basketball coach Nelson Catalina.
“More than anything, he’s just given me great advice on things I think I should do and shouldn’t do,” Gatlin said. “Other than that, he’s let me do my thing and really enjoyed (the process) with me.”
With Darius Thomas, a four-star 2019 prospect already with an Arkansas offer, alongside Gatlin, Jonesboro will have one of the most talented offensive line units in the state this season.
“It’s fun. I get to kind of teach him some things since he’s a younger guy,” Gatlin said about playing with Thomas. “I’ve enjoyed being out there together and it’s been a lot of fun going through recruiting together.”
As you might imagine, that 1-2 punch on the offensive line has led to some lofty expectations for the Hurricane in 2017.
“Our expectations are high,” Gatlin said. “We also have some other guys that are really good and I think we could be a contender if we play like we can.”