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Arkansas Football Recruiting Roundup: 2020 3-star decommits, Hogs offer 2022 QB

The Arkansas program had a rough two-day span on September 21-22, but hopefully things will begin trending upward soon.

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Dropping to 2-2 on the season with a 31-24 loss to the San Jose State Spartans on September 21, the bad news unfortunately extended onto the recruiting trail for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

2020 three-star cornerback Jamie “Greedy” Vance decommitted from the program on Sunday, September 22. A product of Edna Karr in New Orleans, Vance ranks among the top-50 cornerbacks in the cycle, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Here’s what he posted on his Twitter account:

https://twitter.com/iam_jvxiiii/status/1175897891199754241

Vance’s decommitment leaves the Razorbacks without a single defensive back pledge in the 2020 cycle. Of the 15 current verbal commits, eight are expected to contribute on the offensive side of the football.

While he threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns in the SJSU loss, redshirt junior quarterback Nick Starkel also threw five interceptions. Already the program’s second quarterback of the season following his replacement of senior Ben Hicks, there is obvious concern among the fan base about the signal-caller moving forward.

A few years down the road, but head coach Chad Morris and company offered another quarterback in the 2022 class, Rockwell, Texas native Braedyn Locke.

The sixth quarterback the Hogs have offered in the cycle, Locke was in attendance for the SJSU upset.

“Coach Morris and my family sat down and he began talking about what they look for in quarterbacks,” Locke told HawgSports of the visit.

“He said he enjoyed watching me play against his son, Chandler, in the Highland Park game ... It was an unbelievable experience. Coach Morris and his staff were great. I loved the atmosphere of the stadium and I’d love to come back up there sometime.”

Of the six quarterbacks Arkansas has offered in 2022, four - including Locke - are pro-style quarterbacks. The other two, four-star MJ Morris and unrated Alex Orji, are dual-threat prospects.

Another recruit in attendance for the loss to the Spartans has reported an offer from the Razorbacks, 2021 three-star wide receiver Jaedon Wilson. A product of the well-known DeSoto High School in Texas, Wilson is among the top-100 wide receivers in the class.

Also speaking with HawgSports, Wilson enjoyed his time and provided an accurate critique of the program.

“I enjoyed it a lot, I liked the environment and all of the fans. I liked how everybody was all riled up, it was good. They need a couple of good linemen, but it just takes some time.”

Building a relationship with wide receivers coach Justin Stepp, Wilson would be a candidate for early playing time in the 2021 season. To this point, the Missouri Tigers are the only other SEC program to extend Wilson an offer.