The traditional National Signing Day did not turn out to be the dream that Arkansas coaches, fans and media had thought it would be. Losing their athlete commit, Adonis Otey, to USC was the first big blow but that was expected. Otey was showing the Hogs no love the last two weeks. Losing out on Lakia Henry was a big deal. Henry was supposedly looking at apartments on Sunday during his unofficial visit to Arkansas. Linebacker, Christopher Russell looked to be a Hog all along until two weeks ago when Texas A&M head coach, Jimbo Fisher, visited him and won him over. Russell decided then that he wanted to be an Aggie.
Where does the Razorback staff go from here? They ought to pursue the graduate transfer market and transfer portal to find potential players to fill their last three scholarships for the 2019 class. In no order, here are few names I think would be possibilities to fill these needs:
1. Nick Starkel, quarterback, Texas A&M
He apparently has a few schools that peak his interest and it includes Arkansas, Ohio State and Arizona (former Aggie coach, Kevin Sumlin is there now). In limited duty, Starkel has thrown for 1900 yards 15 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. Starkel has said, “Arkansas has been in touch with me the most.” Obviously, there is some interest there. Which led Razorback head coach, Chad Morris to say, “We are always in the market for a quarterback.” Should Morris and company continue look his way, he would be the high profile transfer quarterback the Razorbacks are looking for. What happens with Ben Hicks though?
2. Patrick Macon, Oklahoma State, Linebacker
For the most part of their SEC lives, Arkansas has been struggling to field quality SEC level linebackers. The Razorbacks could find at least their first one just down the road in Stillwater. A three star prospect out of Millington, TN, Macon was the fourth ranked linebacker in the 2017 class. There is no reason Arkansas should forgo pursing Macon. At 6’3 235, he already has the size to play SEC bully ball.
3. Kyle Porter, Texas, Running back
Arkansas was in the race to field this back’s services out of high school although they lost out on him to the Longhorns on National Signing Day. Porter would be able to play immediately and would provide better depth to the backfield. There is plenty of talent back there that are upperclassmen so that could hold Porter back from coming to Arkansas. Arkansas needs another running back for this class though.
4. Guy Thomas, Nebraska, Outside Linebacker
Similar to a junior college transfer, Thomas will have three years to play three wherever he decides to finish his college career. If he comes to Arkansas, he would provide depth to a position that is in dire need of it. Thomas would also have the opportunity to start from day one considering the lack of SEC level players they have in the second level of the Razorback defense. Thomas is another rangy linebacker with size, speed and athleticism to defend the run, pass and get to the quarterback.