Top five realistic 2015 recruiting targets: Arkansas Razorbacks

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Arkansas already has a stellar top 10 nationally ranked class for 2015, but the Razorbacks have a whole lot of other top targets they’re trying land–including several prospects who are within their own state boundaries. Here’s a look at five players Arkansas would love to land.

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Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.

1. Jashon Cornell, St. Paul (Minn.), 6-4/270, Defensive End

  • National rank: No. 30 overall prospect
  • SEC schools: Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss
  • The skinny: OK, this one might be pretty far-fetched, but Cornell at least has the Razorbacks on his radar screen. He’s an elite defensive end with Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State after him. Obviously Brett Bielema has some history in Big Ten territory, so who knows?

2. Will Gragg, Pine Bluff (Ark.), 6-4/245, Tight end

  • National rank: No. 137overall
  • SEC schools: Arkansas, Alabama, Ole Miss
  • The skinny: Truly, this is a battle between in-state Arkansas and Alabama–a school known to poach great talent out of the state of Arkansas. The Razorbacks need to close the deal here and nail down one of the most talented tight ends in the nation.

3. Keaton Sutherland, Flower Mound (Texas), 6-5/280, Offensive line

  • National rank: No. 261 overall
  • SEC schools: Arkansas, Ole Miss
  • The skinny: Any time Arkansas can get talent like this out of Texas, that’s a good thing–and it appears the Razorbacks have a legitimate shot at doing exactly that. This is a big guy who actually could be effective on the offensive or defensive lines.

4. K.J. Hill, Bryant (Ark.), 6-1/175, Wide Receiver

  • National rank: No. 345 overall
  • SEC schools: Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama
  • The skinny: Hill was super productive as a junior, catching 83 balls for 1,210 yards and 20 touchdowns. Arkansas may not throw for 500 yards per game, but he could be just the kind of threat the Razorbacks need to break through.

5. Deon Stewart, Hardy (Ark.), 6-1/165, Wide Receiver

  • National rank: No. 463 overall
  • SEC schools: Arkansas, Ole Miss
  • The skinny: This is an in-state kid and one who continues to rise on the charts. So far, Arkansas is owning the in-state recruiting, and this would be another huge pickups as long as they’re able to secure him.

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  • I’m not harping on you Brian, this is a nice article, but a litle FYI…
    …KJ Hill transferred from Bryant High to North Little Rock High before his junior season. He’s also a standout guard with the basketball team, and just helped NLR win their second straight 7A state title last weekend, along with teammate and Razorback signee Anton Beard, a 4* point guard.

    • Win — we were only listing hometowns (if you look at the other top 5s, you’ll see this). As far as databases, I use 247Sports and they list his hometown as Bryant. I’ll admit I’m trusting them on this, but I think they’re relatively on target with their database.

      • Brian – I’m not ragging on you, I’m just letting you know that KJ Hill transferred to North Little Rock before the start of this school year. 247sports needs to update that particular status too.
        Also, Little Rock Catholic running back D. J. Brown is transferring to NLR as well.