NCF On The Trail: Arkansas Razorbacks

Brandon Martin surprised observers by coming out of nowhere to become one of the nation’s most highly-coveted prospects. He also surprised many when he made a commitment to Missouri last weekend. However, Martin showed us with his latest move, the surprises aren’t over yet.

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

January, 20, 2015
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National signing day is less than three weeks away and it’s coming down to crunch time. This past weekend was one of three remaining weekends for recruits to take official visits before signing day and some of the top prospects took full advantage of the available weekend. Auburn had a monster recruiting weekend and, though not to the same extent, so did Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and others. Here’s a closer look at the top news from this past weekend.


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One of the biggest success stories in the 2015 recruiting class has been Arkansas with its in-state recruits. The Razorbacks were 10-for-10 on players they had offered in Arkansas, but that changed Sunday when ESPN 300 receiver K.J. Hill backed off his pledge.


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SEC's top recruiting visits 

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With national signing day less than three weeks away, it is officially crunch time. There are only three recruiting weekends left for visits, and most schools plan to take full advantage of those available weekends. Here are a closer look at some of the top visits around the SEC this weekend.

Auburn


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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- At the American Football Coaches Association convention, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's ability on the recruiting trail was the talk of high school coaches from all over the country.


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The Arkansas Razorbacks' latest addition, offensive tackle Jalen Merrick, is a former basketball player that has only been playing football for two seasons. He has all the tools and it's clear that his best football is ahead of him.


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Ohio State and Oregon have different recruiting philosophies, but both have made it work on the way to an appearance in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T.


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UA practice notebook: Day 3 

December, 31, 2014
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Todd Wofford knows a good football player when he sees him.

As the coach at Central Gwinnett High School, Wofford has worked with some special players over the years, including ESPN 300 outside linebacker and current Alabama commitment Adonis Thomas and current Ohio State linebacker Trey Johnson. So it speaks volumes when he gushes about the running back talent he is tutoring this week at the Under Armour All-America Game.


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Recruit and return: Arkansas Razorbacks 

December, 29, 2014
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Arkansas' 2015 class will go down as a major step forward, even if the Hogs don't register in the top 15 or the upper half of the SEC. This was a season to remember with top-flight local talent, and Arkansas landed seven of the top nine players in-state and every player it offered a scholarship to. Keeping the local players at home and away from SEC rivals should help Arkansas continue to turn the corner on the field.


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Midyear additions:  Arkansas

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Arkansas has announced that the following players will enroll in January, according to the program's official site ArkansasRazorbacks.com:

Daytrieon Dean, DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 265
Positional Rank: #86 DT
Stars: 3

Hjalte Froholdt, DT
HT: 6-4 WT: 285
Positional Rank: #13 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#97)

Jeremiah Ledbetter, DT
HT: 6-3 WT: 280
Positional Rank: #4 DT (JC)
Stars: 4
ESPN JC50 (#28)

Zach Rogers, OG
HT: 6-2 WT: 297
Positional Rank: #32 OG
Stars: 4

Ty Storey, QB-PP
HT: 6-3 WT: 213
Positional Rank: #19 QB-PP
Stars: 4

SEC season recruiting superlatives 

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Looking back at the just-completed regular season, it has been another wild year in the SEC, both on the field and in recruiting. There have been several huge commitments, some big decommitments and, as always, a few surprises. Here’s a closer look at the the SEC’s recruiting superlatives.


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Early Offer: Malik Jefferson's final 7 

November, 24, 2014
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Malik Jefferson reduced his list to seven schools on Monday, and though the list is hardly a surprise, recruiters think there are still some in store with the No. 35 player in the country.

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Best of the visits: SEC

November, 23, 2014
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There weren’t many big games around the SEC on Saturday but there were some key visitors. Some prospects attended the games while others watched on television and used social media as a platform to share their experiences. Here's a look at some of the top social media posts from the weekend:

Mississippi State wide receiver commit Farrod Green sent out a very cryptic tweet in regards to Ole Miss linebacker commit Leo Lewis. The ESPN 300 linebacker has been to Ole Miss and Mississippi State several times over the last few months and looks to be torn between the two schools. He visited MSU for its 51-0 win over Vanderbilt.
One of the more interesting visits of the weekend was five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson visiting Florida despite not knowing who the head coach will be for the Gators next year. He posted several pictures, including one of himself with Florida defensive line coach Brad Lawing, a fan also tweeted a photo of Jefferson posing with other fans. ESPN 300 offensive tackle Jalen Merrick sent out probably the funniest tweet of the weekend. Merrick sent out a photo of himself posed with Arkansas head coach Bret Beliema with the coach wearing a wig to imitate Merrick's hair style. Merrick took an official visit to Arkansas this weekend. ESPN 300 linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. visited Tennessee this weekend and tweeted a photo of himself wearing a Tennessee jersey. Junior linebacker prospect Toron Morten tweeted about his experience at Georgia for an unofficial visit this weekend. Georgia beat Charleston Southern 55-9. Morten was also joined by Louisville linebacker commit Amonte Caban, who also posted with Morten for a photo. Junior defensive end Julian Okwara visited South Carolina for its 37-12 win over South Alabama. Okwara also has offers from Boston College and NC State.

Tale of the tape: Ole Miss at Arkansas 

November, 21, 2014
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The Ole Miss at Arkansas game might not be the biggest game in the country on Saturday but it will feature two teams that are putting together solid recruiting classes. Ole Miss has the No. 22-ranked recruiting class in the country with only 14 commits. Arkansas, meanwhile, has the 19th-ranked class in the country despite only having 17 total commits.


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SEC's top recruiting visits 

November, 21, 2014
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There aren't a ton of big games on the schedule this week in the SEC but there are still a few key prospects taking visits. Here is a closer look at a few games that are expected to bring in visitors this weekend.

Ole Miss at Arkansas


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