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July Recruiting Update

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How have things come together for both football and basketball?

NCAA Football: Arkansas at Mississippi Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Football Recruiting

How did things go on the recruiting front for Arkansas in July? It was a mixed bag, the Hogs got two commits for the 2018 class and one for 2019 class. OT Luke Jones and DL John Mincey joined the Hogs and QB Ty Evans signed on for 2019. Jones adds to the OL depth Arkansas is trying to build. Mincey could move to OLB, a position the team needs, and you can never get enough quality QBs.

A few targets committed elsewhere, LaDarrius Bishop went to Mississippi State and Thurman Geathers chose Louisville. Those two are guys you definitely want but won’t make or break a class largely due to the positions they play. Bishop is a DB and that’s a position Arkansas has recruited well recently. Geathers is a bigger loss because he could switch to OLB but Mincey’s commitment eases that pain.

They could also get Maureese Wren, who is set to commit on Wednesday. He has the Hogs in his top six along with Baylor, Washington, and Colorado. He’s an athletic player being recruited at OLB and WR, the Hogs are planning to put him on defense should he commit.

They are also looking into other options at tight end if they can’t get Luke Ford back. Louisiana TE Glenn Beal visited the Hogs this past weekend and is an option. He is a three star recruit but has offers from Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, and Georgia, among others.

Basketball Recruiting

The big news in July was Reggie Perry choosing to re-open his recruiting and then committing to Mississippi State. The loss is obviously a big one, but the Hogs are still in good shape, bringing in multiple 4-star guys in the upcoming classes. Now the task for Mike Anderson is to bring in some more post talent.

The major AAU tournament in Las Vegas has been the highlight of basketball recruiting this past week. Arkansas’ coaching staff was in town to keep track of commits like Isaiah Joe and Ethan Henderson who played for the Arkansas Hawks.

They were also there scouting targets like TJ Moss, Amanze Ngumezi, Jericole Hellems, and Feron Hunt. Hunt is from DeSoto, Texas, the same area as former Hog Jabril Durham, and has talked to Durham about the coaching staff and playing style.