Very strong year for talent in Arkansas, and Razorbacks taking advantage


It isn’t always like this in the state of Arkansas. It’s not always this loaded.

But something quarterback commitment Ty Storey has said from the beginning–this year is special, and “we’re going to own this state”. They want to keep the other SEC superpowers at bay–namely Alabama, Auburn and LSU. So far, the Razorbacks have corralled four of the top seven players in the state–and the other three are very likely to come aboard with Arkansas. Players like TE Will Gragg and WRs Darveon Brown, K.J. Hill and Deon Stewart are all top 10 in-state products who could swing the Razorbacks’ way soon enough.

Gragg is the gem and arguably the toughest ‘coinflip’ of the bunch, and Storey–the state’s top-ranked prospect to Gragg’s No. 2 spot–said he is personally working on Gragg, who is a national top 150 talent. Alabama is also working hard on him.

If Arkansas can sew up the rest of the state’s top 10 talent, watch out in a couple of years. This could be the nucleus to rebuild around, starting with a leader like Storey–the No. 1 current QB commitment in the SEC.

“Ty is a great guy,” Arkansas’ top 100 national recruit Hjalte Froholdt told Saturday Down South (he’s an exchange student from Europe). “He’s so down to earth. And then he just throws bombs all day.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: All rankings, team or individual, are based on composite rankings from

78 Hjalte Froholdt Warren G Harding (Warren, OH) 4 DT 6’4” 282
136 Ty Storey Charleston (Charleston, AR) 4 QB 6’3” 216
170 Jamario Bell Junction City (Junction City, AR) 4 DE 6’6” 225
268 Zach Rogers Hebron (Carrollton, TX) 4 OL 6’2” 297
395 Daytrieon Dean Northside (Fort Smith, Ark.) 3 DT 6’3” 260
452 Colton Jackson Conway (Conway, AR) 3 OL 6’6” 291

Ty is a great guy! He’s so down to earth. And then he just throws bombs all day, haha!


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  • Nice article Brian.
    A lot of the local sportwriters here in Arkansas seem to think that the Hogs may offer as many as 15 in-states players.
    Ty Storey, Colton Jackson, Jamario Bell, and Daytrieon Dean have already pledged, as you mentioned.
    Will Gragg, KJ Hill, Darveon Brown, and Deon Stewart have offers.
    I think there are more to come after Arkansas hosts some players at their summer camps.
    Avery Johnson (Stewart’s teammate), Ean Pfeifer, Dre Greenlaw, Carlos Burton, Devante Lovette, LaMichael Pettway, and Daniel Sprinkle (Ark TE Jeremy’s little brother).
    Gragg and Hill are still toss-ups as to whether or not they’ll sign with the Hogs.
    Greenlaw is committed to Arkansas State, but he’d flip if the Razorbacks offered.
    Sprinkle and Lovette might be a stretch to get offers unless they do well at the summer camps and have good senior seasons.
    Pettway is the only in-state player that Arkansas is most likely not to get. He has ties to the state of Alabama, and the Tide have offer.
    This class has the potential to be even better than the 2008 class, which went on to win 29 games in their final threes season, play in a BCS game, win two bowls (Liberty, Cotton), and finish ranked #5 in the final poll after their senior year. That class was in the Top 25 when they signed, but after four years, was re-graded as a Top 10 class.