Jalen Catalon: 8 AM
Catalon was one of the most sought after players out of Texas and for very good reason. The four-star has great closing speed, an eye for the ball in the air, roams the safety position like a center fielder in baseball and has a great football IQ. The young man is a part of the elite trio from Mansfield Legacy High School in Texas and hopes to leave his stamp on Arkansas. Catalon had scholarship offers from Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford, Florida, Nebraska and others.
When asked what sold him most about being a Razorback he replied, “Arkansas just felt like family. When I went on my official visit it just felt like home and after weighing my options I feel like my best opportunity to grow as a person and as football player would be at Arkansas. I believe in what Coach Morris has going down there and I’m expected to get down there and get to work.”
Because he tore his ACL early in the 2018 football season, he did not get to participate in the Under Armour All-American game as hoped. Here are his junior highlights: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7505537/59c42ce32ab15f335ceaa278
Catalon looks really good and we hope his recovery goes well in order to contribute for the Razorbacks sooner than later.
UPDATE: Catalon officially signs with the Hogs!
A’Monte Spivey: 8:30 AM
This is a running back that Arkansas needed to have added depth last year. At 6’1 210, Spivey provides the top end speed of an elite back, good hands to catch the ball out of the backfield, he blocks well in pass protection and can change direction on a dime. Spivey is a bit of an underrated back. He’s the 48th rated running back but the staff feels confident they were able to get a steal. Spivey had other offers LSU and a late push from Ole Miss.
UPDATE: Spivey sticks with Arkansas over Ole Miss!
Here are his highlights: http://www.hudl.com/v/2B03Xk
Treylon Burks: 10 AM
An Arkansas legend out of Warren, Arkansas hopes they have found their playmaker in this 6’4 225 stud receiver. At Warren, Burks can do it all playing quarterback, running back, receiver, linebacker and safety. He is also an avid hunter and a very humble kid.
Burks chose the Hogs three days after the July 27th “Woo Pignic” in Fayetteville. This is what he had to say about committing to Arkansas: They made me feel like I was at home this past weekend,” Burks said. “My boy Bubba (Marcus Miller) committed there, and I wanted to stay around him as much I can. I also talked to my family about it and this is what we decided. It just feels good to get it over with. We’re excited and Coach (Chad) Morris was very excited.”
Burks chose Arkansas over Clemson, LSU, Florida State, Ole Miss, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee and many more.
Here is what you can expect of Burks as he comes to restore Arkansas to national prominence: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6207706/5a55103f176be618d8646e51
He is recovering from an ACL injury as well that he suffered in September. Arkansas hopes he can come back soon in order to contribute in the 2019 season.
UPDATE: Was there ever really a doubt that Burks would go elsewhere? Nope! He signs with the Hogs!
Adonis Otey: 10:15 AM
The Razorback staff were very hopeful that they gained a very good defensive back that decommitted from Tennessee. Otey chose the Hogs over Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisville, and many others.
The 4-star athlete can play multiple positions but with his leading recruiter being defensive back coach, Mark Smith, Arkansas is leaning towards playing him first in the secondary.
“I just felt the love,” said Otey. “They never stopped recruiting me.”
Arkansas has a challenge now to keep Otey as his eyes are set on choosing between the Higs and the Trojans of USC.
Otey would have the chance the compete for an immediate role at USC, and his addition would be a bit of relief for the Trojans who have not put together a class that is up to the USC standard.
Check out his tape: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/4179197/5b87d9a0ff02990d049b430b
UPDATE: Otey flips to USC
Lakia Henry: 12 Noon
Probably the biggest fish of the 2019 traditional NSD is gaining the signature of the #1 JUCO linebacker in the country. Henry is 6’1 230 and could contribute to the Hogs immediately at a position that has hurt for a very long time for SEC level playmakers. Yes, there have been a few through the years but never the quality Arkansas needs on the field at the same time. Adding Henry would make this defensive class go from very good to great in a jiffy. He can flat out ball, cover the middle of the defense well sideline to sideline and can give Arkansas what they need for the next two seasons.
Henry is the #1 ranked JUCO linebacker and is the 3rd best player as well. He has offers from Arkansas, Texas and Ole Miss. Did I mention he was also committed to Tennessee for a little while as well?
In an interview with Otis Kirk, Henry had this to say about his visit to Arkansas during the LSU weekend: “The relationships, it would probably be the relationships with the coaching staff,” Henry said. “That would probably be the biggest thing here. That would probably be the main thing that would get me here.”
Here is Henry’s highlights: https://www.hudl.com/video/3/9444884/5a0c7b82dfe29b0e3ca9f82f
UPDATE: They moved his commitment tome to officially by at 1:30 pm.
1:33 UPDATE: Lakia Henry chooses Ole Miss.
Hudson Henry: 12:30 PM
Arkansas’ most famous little brother will put the ink to his letter of intent and will continue the Henry family legacy that has spanned three generations thus far. The youngest Henry postponed his signing in December so he could participate in the signing ceremony with his Bruins football teammates at Pulaski Academy. As the nation’s number one tight end and four-star prospect, compiled 94 receptions for 1309 yards and 14 touchdowns. Henry chose Arkansas over Stanford, Georgia and many many more.
Henry will give Arkansas extra depth that has taken quite a hit on its depth. Losing Will Gragg to Pitt, Austin Cantrell to retirement and Jack Kraus to transfer left Arkansas with two scholarship tight ends at the end of 2018. Hudson adds his talent to the tight end position that has two quality players ahead of him right now in Cheyenne O’Grady and Grayson Gunter.
If I had to choose a breakout performer right now, I would choose Henry to be he freshman to break out most in 2019.
You cannot say enough about Hudson but expect the same kind of productivity out of him as his older brother, Hunter, did at the same position. He is a tick quicker, a crisp route runner and has hands of glue. Henry also blocks well at the line of scrimmage and downfield, too.
Check out a few highlights of this stud: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/910449/5a2d9da22351bd1774f42c16
UPDATE: Henry officially inks as a Hog.
Chris Russell: 4 PM
It seemed like Arkansas has been in the lead for this Memphis linebacker for quite sometime. Until recently, Texas A&M and Ole Miss started calling. Jimbo Fisher has an in home visit with him last week that reportedly put the Aggies over the top as leaders for him.
Russell is 6’3 225 pounds but can fly and make plays, a sure tackler and has great quickness and agility to get to the quarterback quickly. He also has hands that are good enough to make plays in the passing game.
This is probably the most up in the air commitment and right now as of Tuesday at 7 PM, he is 60% A&M, 40% Arkansas and 20% Ole Miss.
UPDATE: Signed with Texas A&M.