Chris Vaughn Among Texas’ Best Expected to be at Arkansas on March 9

Jeff Traylor

By Otis Kirk

Cedar Ridge (Texas) 2020 running back Chris “Deuce” Vaughn is among the top Texas recruits slated to be at Arkansas on March 9 for a Prospect Day.

Vaughn, 5-7, 170, is the son of former Arkansas assistant Chris Vaughn. As a junior, Vaughn rushed 243 times for 1,901 yards and also caught 14 passes for 159 yards scoring 21 touchdowns. 

He holds offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Air Force and South Florida. Vaughn was excited when the Hogs offered him on Jan. 29.

Vaughn announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he will be in Fayetteville on March 9.

His father coached at Texas with Jeff Traylor, the current running back coach at Arkansas. The younger Vaughn reminds some of Fred Talley who was a running back at Arkansas when Vaughn coached there. 

Some other talented running backs from the Lone Star State slated to be at Arkansas on March 9 are Dallas Bishop Dunne’s Jaden Hullaby, 6-2, 205, Carrollton Hebron’s 2022 standout Isaiah Broadway, 5-11, 175, Houston Sterling’s Frank Brown Jr., 6-0, 180, Waco Connally’s Jay’Veon Sunday, 5-10, 190, and Houston North Shore’s John Gentry, 5-10, 180. All are 2020 with the exception of Broadway.

Tulsa Area

Chad Morris with Barry Lunney Jr., Mark Smith, Steve Caldwell and others are continuing to work the Tulsa area extremely hard. 

Arkansas will have at least four visitors from the Tulsa area on March 9. The four will include Owasso running back Isaiah Jacobs, 5-10, 193, Tulsa Edison running back Sevion Morrison, 6-0, 193, Broken Arrow defensive back Myles Slusher, 6-0, 181, and Tulsa Booker T. Washington wide receiver JJ Hester, 6-3, 175. All are 2020 prospects who hold offers from the Hogs.

Jacobs has already attended one prospect day at Arkansas. He is the younger brother of Alabama running back Josh Jacobs, who is projected to be a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

Morrison broke Spencer Tillman’s single-season rushing record this season. He also only needs 258 yards to break Tillman’s school career rushing record of 4,009 yards. That is something Morrison may do in the season opener this fall. 

Slusher and Hester are key Arkansas targets at their position. 

Still Adding Offers

Hazen’s Blayne Toll, 6-5, 235, added an offer from Baylor on Wednesday. In the past week he has also gained an offer from Boston College and Florida International. He now has 19 offers.

Toll can play defensive end or tight end at the next level. He said following his visit to Arkansas on Feb. 10 that he prefers to play defensive end. He also plays quarterback at Hazen. 

Toll will be back at Arkansas on March 9. Others from Arkansas slated to be in Fayetteville that day are Bryant outside linebacker Catrell Wallace, 6-6, 215, Jonesboro defensive end Jashaud Stewart, 6-2, 216, and the Dumas pair of athlete Chris Harris, 5-11, 180, and 2021 running back Kylin James, 6-0, 200. 

Blocking for A’Montae

Will two offensive linemen from Phenix City (Ala.) Central come to Arkansas in the Class of 2020 to block for 2019 running back signee A’Montae Spivey?

Arkansas has offers out to both Javion Cohen, 6-5, 275, and Joshua Jones, 6-6, 300. They were two key blockers for Spivey enroute to an undefeated season and state title. Like Spivey, Jones and Cohen have multiple offers to mull over. 

Both Cohen and Jones will be at Arkansas on March 9. 

This Week

Arkansas will host two or three visitors this week. Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul Episcopal 2020 offensive lineman Brady Ward Jr., 6-7, 310, and New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr 2020 cornerback Jamie “Greedy” Vance, 5-11, 170, both are visiting Arkansas at the end of this week.

The two both hold offers from Arkansas. Ward is also seeing Oklahoma. The Sooners recently offered him. Vance was high school teammate of cornerback Devin Bush, who signed with Arkansas in December and now is enrolled. 

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