While the 2018 season may not have been filled with highlights on the field for Arkansas, running back Rakeem Boyd broke out as one few standouts on the gridiron for the Razorbacks last season. Now it appears he’s interested in recruiting a friendly face to join him in Fayetteville for 2019.
If you were unaware, Nick Starkel plans to leave Texas A&M this offseason as a graduate transfer. He will not compete in spring football, instead focusing on his academics in order to graduate this summer and become a graduate transfer. He will have two seasons to play at his next destination, which has yet to be revealed at this time.
While Ohio State and SMU have been mentioned among his targets, Ohio State is waiting out Justin Fields’ pending waiver and SMU recently landed Texas transfer Shane Buechele. With those teams potentially out of the running for Starkel at this time, the other two teams mentioned for Starkel — Arkansas and Duke — have to feel good about their chances at the moment.
If Starkel does indeed decide to come to Fayetteville, he will have the opportunity to reunite with Boyd, who began his college career with Texas A&M before he left College Station for junior college.
Interestingly enough, it appears Starkel is studying tape of Arkansas while he considers his options. Check out this video Starkel recently posted, featuring Boyd busting a big run last season with the Razorbacks.
— Nicholas Starkel (@NickStarkel) February 7, 2019
Boyd responded with this comment:
That wasn’t the first time Boyd engaged Starkel on Twitter since the quarterback announced he was leaving Texas A&M.
Check out this tweet the Arkansas running back released upon Starkel’s initial decision to leave Texas A&M:
— Rakeem boyd ™ (@boyd_rakeem) January 29, 2019
If the Razorbacks manage to land Starkel after already landing SMU graduate transfer Ben Hicks, the program could go from basically no depth under center to having two players that have started in college football. Not bad, all things considered, based on where the program’s quarterback chart was at just a few weeks ago.