Arkansas' in-state recruiting class in 2017 isn't expected to be the deepest the state has ever produced, but a few kids will likely earn a chance to play football on scholarship for the Razorbacks this year - and the first is Jarrod Barnes from Cabot.
I'm getting that scholarship— Jarrod Barnes (@JarrodB_22) February 11, 2016
Barnes did not commit, but if he does, he's likely to play receiver or cornerback for the Hogs. Arkansas has signed 13 of 14 in-state players offered by the Hogs over the last two seasons.
Another player to watch is Fayetteville defensive lineman Akiel Byers. The Razorbacks have not offered the high school junior who goes to school literally across the street from the university campus. However, that hasn't stopped many from around the SEC to offer him. He was offered by Mississippi State a while back, and just this week, he's been offered by Alabama, Ole Miss, Missouri, and South Carolina.
Plenty of people are wondering why Arkansas hasn't yet extended an offer, and we can't answer that other than they're clearly not yet ready to do so. He's not expected to be a McTelvin Agim-like 5-star recruit. He's currently a 3-star prospect in the early ratings. It's possible he could move higher. It's a story to keep an eye on. It should be noted that several of the in-state prospects Arkansas has signed in recent years were offered by other SEC schools before Arkansas, and the Hogs signed nearly all of them.