By Otis Kirk
Kenny Ingram will get a chance to make a very quick impact in recruiting in the Memphis area.
Several of the top prospects for 2020 in Memphis are slated to be at Arkansas on March 9 for a Prospect Day. Ingram is well known in the Memphis area having played at Whitehaven, coached at Melrose and the University of Memphis.
Ingram should get a shot at five of the top prospects in Memphis on March 9. Here’s a brief look at each of the five scheduled to visit Arkansas that day.
Martavius French, LB, 6-3, 230; and Bryson Eason, LB, 6-2, 250, Memphis Whitehaven — This is a very talented pair who play a position the Hogs need help. French visited Arkansas on Oct. 6 for the Alabama game. He is rated a four-star recruit with Rivals.com. Arkansas, Tennessee and Ole Miss are expected to be among the schools pushing the hardest for French. Eason also attended the Arkansas game against the Tide on an unofficial visit. Eason is also a four-star with Rivals. Like French, Arkansas, Tennessee and Ole Miss are among a group seeking Eason to fill their need at linebacker. Eason is already over 20 offers while French is nearing that number as well. Ingram will team with John Chavis to try and get this pair to Fayetteville.
Chris Morris, OL, 6-4, 270, Memphis Freedom Prep Academy — Arkansas with Dustin Fry have been on Morris extremely hard even prior to Ingram’s arrival. He is a consensus four-star recruit with all the major recruiting services. He holds well over 30 offers including Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Memphis and all the others that recruit Memphis. Morris is the type offensive line recruit who could make a very early impact at Arkansas. If Ingram and Fry can pull this off it would make a huge statement in Memphis and nationally.
Devonte Nelson, CB, 5-11, 178, Memphis University High School — This three-star cornerback has offers to schools such as Arkansas, Ole Miss, Memphis, Lousiville and others. As a junior, Nelson had 41 tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception and 13 pass breakups. Ron Cooper, Mark Smith, Chavis and Ingram all will recruit Nelson. A solid cornerback prospect.
Darin Turner, WR, 6-4, 213, Memphis Central — Committed to LSU on March 27. Turner is a consensus four-star prospect who still has Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Clemson, Louisville and others in pursuit of him despite his pledge to the Tigers. His former teammates at Central, wide receiver Shamar Nash and defensive lineman Eric Gregory, signed with the Hogs in December and are now enrolled at Arkansas. Justin Stepp was already recruiting Turner and Ingram and others are going to help.