The Hogs have the first commit of the 2019 class. Quarterback Ty Evans out of Monument, Colorado announced via twitter he’s coming to Fayetteville. He chose the Hogs over other Power 5 offers from Colorado, Northwestern, and Kansas State.
Because most recruiting services are still very focused on the class of 2018, there’s a lot of differing info on him. He’s listed as anywhere between 6-foot-2 and 167 lbs, to 6-foot-3 and 190 lbs. He’s unranked on 247Sports, which only has 12 pro-style QBs rated in his class. Scout has Evans listed as a four-star prospect. In his sophomore season in 2016, Evans racked up over 3,000 passing yards and 31 touchdowns. You can check out his highlights here. It looks like he already has some very good arm strength and mobility as well.
It’s unclear if this has any effect, or if it’s a reaction to, recruiting Gerry Bohanon. If he does commit it would be interesting to see how the pecking order for quarterback in the future shakes out. Signing day for the 2019 class is miles away and tons of things can happen, but right now Arkansas is in good shape. This is the fifth straight recruiting class that has a quarterback coming to Arkansas, and the third with a four-star coming in.
Once Evans comes to campus, Ty Storey will be a senior, Cole Kelley a Redshirt Junior. I’d expect Dalton Hyatt and Connor Noland to redshirt their freshman years as well. Meaning Hyatt will have three years of eligibility and Noland still has four at the start of 2019.
Again, that is a very long ways off, and so many things could change. But it’s still nice to get the 2019 recruiting class off to a good start.