The Arkansas Razorbacks coaching staff is on a recruiting roll five days after National Signing Day. On Friday, Arkansas gained even more good news when their number one wide receiver target out of Alpharetta, Georgia, Ze’Vian Capers, became Hogs first commitment of the 2020 class. That was honestly no surprise they way wide receivers coach, Justin Stepp, pursues him. Capers was originally one of our “Most Wanted” recruits so we had to add a name to our list. In no particular order, here are the five Most Wanted Recruits For 2020:
We start off with this stud athlete out of small town, Hazen, Arkansas. In a small 2A school, Toll is a man roaming the hallways of Hazen High School and is even more of a man on the gridiron. As a sophomore, Toll reportedly boasted a 350 pound bench press. Toll stands at 6’5 and weighs in at 230 according to 247sports. He has 17 scholarship offers from around the country including TCU, Central Michigan, Kansas, LSU, Houston, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and the Razorbacks. Toll will also be in attendance for the big time Prospect Day in Fayetteville where there will also be many other elite athletes for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 classes. In an interview with Otis Kirk, Toll was asked about his thoughts on Arkansas and their coaching staff, “”They’re really great guys,” Toll said. “A really great coaching staff. A really great family they have up there.”
Toll would be a huge addition to the Razorbacks 2020 class. He would be a solid foundation as the first four star commitment.
The Arkansas staff has increased their focus into Tennessee more than ever before and it should pay off for them sooner rather than later. One of the first schools Canaan Sandy went to for the start of the 2018 season was Whitehaven High School in Memphis where the sixth overall linebacker in the country goes to school. The Hogs have shown a lot of love towards the talented linebacker and rightfully so. Head coach, Chad Morris was the first college coach to contact Eason on September 1, 2018 through direct message. That was a lasting impact on the kid out of Memphis. The junior is another four star talent that will be in Fayetteville for the star studded Prospect Day in March 9th. Would Eason pull the trigger after that trip?
Another Whitehaven linebacker is high on the Hogs! Call it the Canaan Sandy Effect if you must, Coach Sandy was the first Razorback assistant to attend one of French’s games. When interviewed in January on his recruitment, Richard Davenport asked him how Arkansas was recruiting him, “Coach Morris checks on me almost every two days. Even SJ, he checks on me. They’re my number one choice right now. “If I had to commit, it would be Arkansas because they’re showing a lot of love,” French said. “I feel like it’s home and I can have a chance to play there.” Like he two above, French will also be in attendance for the March 9th Prospect Day.
French is rated a 4 star linebacker by the 247sports Composite Rankings. French has a stat stuffing junior season finishing with 135 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 2 recovered fumbles while leading the Whitehaven Tigers to a 11-4 record and a state runner-up finish in Class 6A.
French is 6-2, 236 pound inside linebacker with a best of 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash. In early 2019, he trimmed his list of schools down to Arkansas, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Oklahoma, Florida and Purdue. He is definitely a player to keep an eye on to commit soon.
One of Oklahoma’s best defensive backs attends Broken Arrow High School. He currently does not hold a Sooner offer although he is one of the best in the country at his position. In an interview he said this about not having an offer from OU, “Being in their backyard…..seeing us before…it is what it is and I accept it for what it is. I’m blessed with other things. I can’t be ungrateful because of the offers I already have.”
Slusher is the 2nd best player in the state of Oklahoma and 13th rated cornerback in the class of 2020. Arkansas is putting an emphasis on length and speed in the secondary and this kid has it. He is also another top 300 player in the class of 2020 and it looks like he already wanted to commit early on:
But held off for whatever reason it may be.
Barry Lunney, Jr. was the first Power-5 Conference coach to give attention to the big time running back of Edison Prep in Tulsa. Morrison showed out in 2018 rushing for over 2700 yards and 37 touchdowns this past season. That is nuts and to not even have an offer from his instate flagship school, The Oklahoma University, is even more surprising.
Morrison is the 6th ranked player in the state of Oklahoma according to 247sports Composite. He has 14 offers including the Hogs, Baylor, Nebraska, Iowa State, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Washington and others.
A former running back that Morrison reminds me of is Rawleigh Williams. This cat is not afraid of contact, to be physical with defenders but also has the speed to burn. If Arkansas can land this kid out of Tulsa, the Razorbacks could be on their way to another outstanding signing class in 2020!
FIVE OTHER MOST WANTED
WR J.J. Hester Tulsa-Booker T. Washington
DE Kevon Billingsley-St. Louis Parkway North
DE/LB Catrell Wallace-Bryant
DE Jashaud Stewart-Jonesboro
OL Chris Morris-Memphis Freedom Prep Academy