By Otis Kirk
The perception is Arkansas’ Class of 2020 is far behind the pace of the one last year, but that isn’t true.
The Class of 2020 is off to a much faster start and actually it’s not that close. Last year, Sardis (Miss.) North Panola quarterback KJ Jefferson committed to Arkansas on May 18. He was the fourth commitment for the Hogs.
Jefferson joined Rison defensive back Malik Chavis, Tyler (Texas) Lee offensive lineman Beaux Limmer and Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville offensive lineman Joseph Stone as Arkansas commitments in 2019. Stone later transferred to Gulf Breeze (Fla.) High School. The Hogs eventually moved on and didn’t sign Stone.
Fast forward one year and Arkansas has seven commitments. That is more than double the number of commitments the Razorbacks had on May 14 last year. So not only are the Razorbacks not behind last year’s pace, it isn’t even that close.
Arkansas will host some more official visitors during the June 12-14 period. Arkansas has played host to 12 official visitors to this point.
Of the seven commitments, four have used their official visit to see the Hogs. But all seven have been on campus.
Jonesboro defensive end-outside linebacker Jashaud Stewart, Alpharetta (Ga.) Denmark wide receiver Ze’Vian Capers and Austin (Texas) Westlake wide receiver Mason Mangum have been to Arkansas on unofficial visits. They will take official visits later.
New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr cornerback Jamie “Greedy” Vance visited the April 6 weekend and was at the spring game. A week later, Carthage (Texas) offensive lineman Ty’kieast Crawford and Crockett (Texas) tight end Allen Horace commmitted at the end of their official visits. The May 3 weekend saw Marshall (Texas) wide receiver Savion Williams among the visitors and he committed this past Saturday.
Arkansas is still awaiting a decision from six of the recruits who have used their official visit to see the Hogs. The six are Lufkin (Texas) High School’s pair of safety Jerrin Thompson and wide receiver Ja’Lynn Polk, Athens (Texas) offensive lineman Garrett Hayes, Arlington (Texas) cornerback Jahari Rogers, Carthage (Texas) running back Kelvontay Dixon and McKinney (Texas) North tight end Brandon Frazier.
Oklahoma City (Okla.) Bishop McGuiness running back Dominic Richardson chose TCU and Carrollton (Texas) Hebron safety Darius Snow cast his lot with Michigan State.
Time will tell how the Class of 2020 turns out, but as far as it being slower developing than last year that simply isn’t true.