Sam Pittman announces freshman Blayne Toll changing positions, another signee not enrolling
The University of Arkansas is down a defensive lineman ahead of fall practice.
Sam Pittman announced Thursday that incoming freshman defensive end Jaquallin McGhee won’t be enrolling and has given up football. To combat the loss of depth at the position, freshman Blayne Toll has moved to defensive end. Toll signed with Arkansas as a defensive lineman; however, he was moved to tight end when he enrolled.
“When Jaqualin decided that he didn’t want to play football anymore, then we moved Blayne Toll that day,” Pittman said. “I think he’s going to be a really good player. I talked him into wearing number 96 when he moved over there because I wore 96. Nobody knows it because I wasn’t any good or anything, but my college number was 96, so I told him he had big shoes to fill if he wore 96, and he took it.”
McGhee, from Fort Valley, Georgia, was rated a 3-star and ranked as the nation’s No. 59 strong-side defensive end and the state of Georgia’s No. 124 player in the class of 2020, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.
The Hazen, Arkansas, product, Toll, was ranked as the nation’s No. 16 defensive end and the state of Arkansas’ No. 4 prospect in the class of 2020. He’s moving back to the position where the Hogs originally recruited him.
“He never practiced at tight end, but Blayne Toll moved to tight end on paper,” Pittman said. “We never had him practice there or anything before we started practicing. Not practicing, but walking through and all this. We moved him back to defensive end. We thought that he could help us over there after being able to watch him run a little bit and seeing what his size was. We thought he might rush the passer over there a little bit for us; so, we moved him back over to where we originally recruited him at.”