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August Recruiting Update: Slow Times

The usually slow recruiting month of August was, well, slow.

NCAA Football: Texas El Paso at Arkansas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Football Recruiting

With both college and high school teams preparing for their seasons, less time is spent on recruiting in August. That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything noteworthy happening this month.

The only football commit was athlete Maureese Wren, who is projected to fill the very big outside linebacker hole in this class. Originally a wide receiver, Wren will play more at this position in his senior season. The more successful he is this year, the higher his ranking could rise.

The other big news came recently about 4-star quarterback Gerry Bohanon. He announced his top four (actually five) schools he’s considering. Those are Arkansas, Baylor, Louisville, and Ole Miss. He also included LSU as still being in the mix as well. Bohanon is one of the highest rated targets remaining for Arkansas, although with a 4-star QB already committed, it’s still uncertain how likely it is for him to come to Fayetteville.

Right now Arkansas’ recruiting class sits at 12 and won’t grow much more due to the amount of scholarships that will be available next season. Bohanon remains one of the top targets remaining. Others to keep an eye one include Luke Ford, who’s situation is very well known, Nick Fulwider, Glenn Beal, Joseph Foucha, Demarcus Townsend, and Nathan Page.

The current class has 3 blue chip players according to 247Sports, and 5 if you ask ESPN. Aside from getting a couple commits, that still has a chance to grow as well. If a few players have good senior years, then they could rise to that status as well. Of course recruiting rankings aren’t the only thing to look at, but as Bud Elliot points out, it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Players like Emmitt Gooden, who’s season is underway at Independence Community College, and Tanner McCalister can make that jump on 247’s page. Byron Hanspard and Wren are both 4-stars on ESPN’s site so it’s plausible they could make a jump as well.

Basketball Recruiting

Mike Anderson has been busy as well, looking to bring in some good news to the 2018 class after Reggie Perry’s decommitment. They got a visit from Louisiana forward 4-star Josh Lablanc and extended an offer to 4-star wing Kaden Archie. In the coming weeks guards Keonte Kennedy and Jordan Phillips will visit Fayetteville as well.

Arkansas has three current commits for the 2018 class and more seniors leaving after this upcoming season so there is plenty of room in this class to bring in players. Anderson will continue to be active before the early signing period with this class before the season.