Arkansas has 19 commitments for the Class of 2019 and now must finish out the group.
They currently have one quarterback, a running back, three wide receivers, trio of offensive linemen, a safety, two cornerbacks, one linebacker and seven defensive linemen. They have six scholarships remaining to get to 25. By my accounts they signed 21 players in the Class of 2018. That counts three walk-on players awarded scholarships at midterm last year and then added graduate transfer Chase Harrell.
Those four scholarships would have to be used at midterm if the Hogs have that many available spots at that time. In other words, you can’t sign four players at midterm unless you are at 81 total or less on scholarship at that time. Otherwise a team would have 86 or more on scholarship the second semester and that isn’t allowed.
Here’s a look at some needs still in the Class of 2019.
1. More Offensive Linemen
That is a must. The numbers are down considerably at this spot. As noted, the Hogs have three commitments on the offensive line. They really need to sign five in this class, but definitely four minimum. They are on some junior college offensive linemen and still recruiting Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven offensive guard Melvin McBride, who is committed to Tennessee. Saddleback College offensive tackle Tim Anderson. Both are slated to be at Arkansas the weekend of the Tennessee game. There are other prospects for the line as well.
Arkansas only has one linebacker committed at this time. Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend Travis’ Zach Zimos is a very good one, but the Hogs need at least another one. Bentonville West outside linebacker Kendall Young will announce his decision on Thursday. It’s between the Hogs, Vanderbilt and Missouri.
3. Keep the Stud Home
This is the most important thing left in this class and that is to get Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry. His dad played at Arkansas, one of his older brothers won the Mackey Award with the Hogs and another one is on the team right now. Henry and Warren wide receiver Treylon Burks are the two best players in Arkansas and the staff really needs to get Henry. Like Burks, Henry is a playmaker and that is something the Hogs are missing.
4. Maybe Experienced Quarterback
Depending on how the next nine games play out it might be necessary for Chad Morris to bring in an older, experienced quarterback in this class. One who can run his system. KJ Jefferson is going to be a talented quarterback for the Hogs, but not sure throwing him in there next year accomplishes much. Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones won’t be true freshmen next year, but will either be sophomores or a redshirt freshman. If Ty Storey has success at quarterback then that would change the need for an older quarterback. Even if he doesn’t, Morris may feel it is wiser to go with the younger guys and not bring in an older quarterback. I do think this is something to consider depending on how the next nine games play out particularly at quarterback.
5. Impact Recruits
This is any position left. If there is an impact recruit available then Arkansas needs to add him. A cover corner or two would be nice. But basically any position left if there is a true playmaker, impact recruit out there then the Hogs need to try to land him. They need speed and more speed.