Isaiah Nichols was both the closest geographically and the first to officially sign today. The Springdale defensive end who has been comitted for a while made his arrival official today.
The defensive end is the 6th rated player in the state, and at Springdale he averaged over 20 tackles for loss in his final two seasons. His senior season ended with 8.5 sacks and was a finalist for Arkansas defensive player of the year.
Nichols was recruited by plenty of other P5 schools as well. Missouri, Mississippi State, Iowa State, and Kansas State all offered him. Getting the players Chad Morris and staff did before getting the defensive staff in place will be important to the class. There may be some JUCO players joining soon, but for now they have a unique challenge.