2023 football recruiting opened up with a bang of a commitment in four-star tight end Shamar Easter. The coveted instate prospect from Ashdown had offers from schools all over the country which included Texas A&M, Tennessee, Michigan State and Florida State.
Coach Pittman was so excited that he held up his end of the deal by doing backflips after Easter called the Razorback staff via Zoom to let him know of his Razorback commitment on Friday.
So, who’s next in the class with 2022 practically closed. The Razorback staff has quite a few big time targets that could become Hogs sooner or later. Dowell Loggains, the new tight ends coach, almost hit a grand slam through two months on campus recruiting. Luke Hasz ended up committing to Oklahoma even though he visited Arkansas and loved it.
Deandra Burns (6’0 170) from El Dorado has elite speed at the wide receiver position. He was offered a scholarship from former wideouts coach Justin Stepp. He has true 4.3 speed and incredible separation.
Speed kills! Deandre Burns(El Dorado, AR) showing off his blazing separation speed at Baylor football camp this weekend… ♂️ ✌ pic.twitter.com/6xMobhgNQ4— pinto (@pinto479) August 1, 2021
Darien Bennet is more of an unknown right now for Little Rock Parkview but has performed well at the camps he has attended. His head coach Brad Bolding has helped many of his former players to power five offers and high recruiting rankings. Bennet will likely split time with current Razorback running back commitment James Jointer. They will likely create one of the deepest and talented position groups in the state.
Naeten Mitchell (5’11 175) of Temple, Texas was offered by Arkansas earlier this year by Sam Carter. He doesn’t have a ranking on any of the three sites yet but can expect that to change in the coming weeks with camp season over, Friday games and evaluation season here. The way Carter has recruited since he’s been with Arkansas should keep you very optimistic as to what type of talent he will be. He should receive a high three-star ranking from recruiting services.
Cedrick Baxter, Jr. is a 6’1 215 pound athlete out of Orlando, (Fla.) that can fly. He is a two-way player that can be a running back, receiver or linebacker at the next level. Baxter recently visited Arkansas during the July 31st weekend.
Joey Su’a recently moved to Bentonville with his mother as they relocated from California. Su’a is a 6’5 315 pound offensive lineman that certainly looks the part of a Sam Pittman trench hog. He doesn’t currently hold an offer from the Razorbacks but that could change with a solid junior season. The lineman does boast a few offers including Georgia, BYU, Maryland, Michigan State and Oregon.