2020 Arkansas In-State Recruiting Rankings

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The 2019, 2020 and 2021 classes of in-state football talent is definitely on the rise right now. With three straight recruiting classes with more Power-5 conference talent than ever before. The 2019 class has two power five offensive lineman, three elite defensive players and the nation’s number one tight end. This 2020 class could be considered the blue collar class due to their hard work. The 2021 class is the one that could be the best ever in the state of Arkansas. With that being said, here is a detailed look at who I believe are the six best players in the state and one who I believe is on the rise.
1. Blayne Toll Hazen- 4 ⭐️, 6’5″ 240 TE-DE

Toll is the 16th rated ATH and the top player in the state. He is an exceptional athlete who could play up to five different positions in college. ADG writer, Dudley Dawson says he was the best looking prospect at the Arkansas camp back in the summer. Louisville, Oklahoma State and Louisville are among the Power-5 schools looking to land the services of Arkansas’ best athlete. Toll is noticeably the tallest and most gifted athlete on the field. Have fun watching his Hudl. https://www.hudl.com/profile/8580123/Blayne-Toll
2. Jacolby Criswell Morrilton- 4 ⭐️ 6’2″ 220 QB
2018: 76/123 passing, 1109 yards, 11 TD 3 INT
50 carries, 317 yards and 3 TD
Criswell is the younger half brother of Razorback, Dre Greenlaw. Although Razorback red flows deep through the family bloodstreams, Criswell is not exactly a shoe-in to head to The Hill. He has offers from Georgia, Mississippi State and Memphis as well as Arkansas. Although Criswell is considered a dual threat quarterback, he has the ability to find his second and third check down receiver and also can make any throw in the book. Like most high school quarterbacks in the state, Criswell has been trained by former Razorback quarterback, Clint Stoerner
Highlights: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7527362/5a4b01d990eeb3287cf71fc0
3. Jashaud Stewart Jonesboro- 6’2″ 225 LB
2018: 89 tackles, 6 sacks
4. Bryant Burns-Ozark, 6’3″ 215 LB

2018: 27 receptions, 637 yards and 7 TD
48 tackles, 8 sacks, 2 FF
Burns is a very good looking athlete but even being the number three athlete in the state, Burns is flying under the radar as the next big time linebacker coming through the state. Through Arkansas’ 27 seasons in the SEC, the majority of those have been spent without fielding a capable group of linebackers until the past two seasons. The 2020 instate class could help settle that issue for years to come, especially if the Hogs coaches can keep this diamond in-state. Here is Burns Hudl to check out what he brings to the gridiron: https://www.hudl.com/profile/4303941/Bryant-Burns
5. Catrell Wallace Bryant
6’6″ 220 LB
With 33 tackles as a sophomore, Wallace has the ability to breakthrough during his junior season. Like I said early with Burns, if Wallace continues to improve and grow his football IQ, the Bryant High Schooler can get big time college offers and be able to play Power-5 ball. Check this kids film out. It is very impressive! http://www.hudl.com/profile/7731703/Catrell-Wallace
6. Jayden Kelley Pulaski Academy-6’1″ 180 ATH
2018: 118 carries, 1252 yards, 15 TD
26 receptions, 378 yards and 1 TD
7. Jajuan Boyd- Springdale, 6’0″ 170 DB
2018: 62 tackles, 3 INT, 3 FF,
Boyd is one of the many players on the Bulldogs roster that is navigating the turnaround of a once nationally prominent high school program. This past summer, Boyd was able to attend an Arkansas summer camp and was able to impress the Arkansas staff. It is yet to be known if he will earn a scholarship until later this summer. Boyd is a two-sport athlete playing basketball as well. He was asked one time what his favorite sport was and responded, “whichever sport is in season.” Here is a look at his Hudl. What do you think? https://l.hudl.com/profile/6335461/JaJuan-Boyd
8. Connor Flannigan, Fayetteville- 5’10” 175 WR
2018: 166 receptions, 1695 yards and 21 TD
9. Hank Gibbs Fayetteville
6’6″ 210 QB-TE
2018: 72/127 1002 yards, 14 TD 3 INT
The Fayetteville Bulldog program has put out many Power-5 and SEC quarterbacks out in the last decade. Former Arkansas quarterbacks Brandon and Austin Allen, Taylor Powell, the backup quarterback at Missouri, and current starting dual threat quarterback Darius Bowers. The saying goes, “you can’t teach size but you sure can teach them how to use it.” Gibbs could be the next best quarterback to come out of Fayetteville. He would be higher on the list but without the experience, there is a lot of unknown about him. He could be the guy we see rise quickly this summer through camps.
10. DJ Russell-Dumas
6’3 175 WR-DE-LB
2019: 32 receptions, 366 yards
23 tackles, 2 INT
11. Michael Powell Clarksville
6’4 304 DT/OT
2018: 27 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 2 sacks
Powell is a pretty raw prospect under Coach Khris Buckner. Buckner has said when Powell plays on offense he can blow his defender up 10 to 15 yards downfield. Powell is also a quality tackler who has above average agility and strength to overwhelm opposing backfields. According to his Hudl account, Powell has big dreams to achieve. Hopefully, he will continue to hone in his skills during the season, gets noticed in camps and explodes onto the recruiting scene. https://www2.hudl.com/profile/6434289/Michael-Powell

12. Chris Harris Dumas- 5’11” 180 ATH
2018: 133/208 1807 yards 19 TD 9 INT
191 carries, 1539 yards and 21 TD
13. Jason Lambel Malvern- 6’5″ 280 OL
14.Dalton Perdue El Dorado- 6’6″ 315 OL
15. Jonas Higson Bentonville West-6′ 2″ 215 SS-LB
16. Bryndell Cook, Springdale- 5’10” 175 WR
17. Brandon Thomas- North Little Rock, 5’10” 195 RB
2018: 101 carries, 837 yards, 4 TD
18. Derriun Thompson, Prescott- 6’2″ 180 FS
19. Devin Pitts, North Little Rock- 6’3″ 280 OL
20. Rashad Muhammad- North Little Rock
6’2 250 DT
21. Khaden Washington, FS Northside- 6’4″ 240 DE
22. Torrance Farmer- Fayetteville
6’1 210 RB/ATH
23. DJ Russell, Dumas- 6’3″ 185 DB
24. Hunter Loyd Rogers- 6’4″ 195 QB
2018: 91/182 992 yards, 7 TD 8 INT
25. Brandon Calvert, Marion- 5’11” 175 CB
26. David Smith, North Little Rock- 5’11” 190 DB
27. Cannon Turner, Arkadelphia- 6’1″ 185 ATH
2018: 60/136 897 yards, 8 TD 6 INT
103 rushes, 827 yards and 8 TD
28. Quade Mosier- Fayetteville- 6’2″ 210 OLB
29. Kimidre Porter- LR Hall 6’5″ 280 OL
30. Anthony Hopkins, Ashdown- 6’2″ 215 LB
31. Ay’Jon Green, Hazen- 5’11” 210 RB
2017: 181 rushes, 1266 yards and 18 TD
32. Malakai Armour, Lake Village- 6’1″ 175 WR-DB
33. Corey Clements, Vilonia- 6’3″ 310 OL-DT
***I will continue to update this list throughout the season.

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