Arkansas signed nine of its top 10 in-state prospects in 2015, a handful of which were Ole Miss targets.
The Razorbacks holding on to the best the Natural State has to offer is nothing new, and 2016 could very well follow suit. Will four-star defensive lineman Austin Capps be one of the rare exceptions to the rule?
Capps attended Ole Miss’ elite junior day in late January. It’s still early in the recruiting process, but the Star City, Ark., product said he hasn’t felt much pressure to stay home for college.
“It’s not bad,” Capps said. “You get it occasionally that you better go to Arkansas, but nobody’s real bad about it right now.”
Arkansas, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are the schools the 6-foot-4, 307-pound Capps said he’s talking the most with currently. Alabama has shown interest as well, as has Louisville and Auburn.
“That’s really about it. I’m pretty open right now,” he said, adding he’s looking for “somewhere that feels like home. A place I can feel happy at.”
Capps is ranked the No. 170 prospect in the country by Scout.com and the No. 17 defensive tackle. His remaining visit schedule is unclear, and he plans to take his time before coming to a decision.
“I’m not really sure about it right now,” Capps said. “I’m going by ear right now.”
He liked what he saw at Ole Miss.
“I like the campus, the town,” he said. “The coaches have been cool to me.”
Next Man Up?
South Panola (Miss.) High School has long acted as a pipeline of sorts for Ole Miss football.
Among the former Tigers to eventually don red and blue include current New York Giant John Jerry, Eddie Strong, Jamarca Sanford and others. If the Rebels have it their way, three-star defensive end Dre Porter will be the next in line.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Porter, who holds offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State, made the quick drive from Batesville to Oxford for junior day. Of Ole Miss, he said he likes “the atmosphere and it being closer to home.”
He might visit Mississippi State soon. Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas are checking in, too.
“I want to go somewhere where I get to play and get a good education,” Porter said, noting he’s going to let the process play out. “If I don’t succeed in football, I’d still have a good fallback plan.”