FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Just a few hours after landing a 20-player signing class ranked in the top 25 nationally, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema announced the addition of five preferred walk-ons that will join the team in the summer. These five players are part of Arkansas’ incoming 2016 class.
Inside Linebacker | 6-2, 221
Benton, Ark. (Benton HS)
Finished senior season with 102 tackles, including three sacks, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles … Helped lead Benton HS to a 9-3 record and the 6A state semifinals under head coach Scott Neathery … As a junior, helped lead the Panthers to a 12-1-1 record and the 6A state championship … Named to the 2015 Farm Bureau Awards watch list … Participated in the 2015 Dallas Nike Combine in Arlington, Texas, posting an 88.59 rating with a 29.9 vertical, 4.43 shuttle and 37 power ball … As a junior, collected 73 tackles, including 15 for loss, two interceptions … Also had six fumble recoveries, including two returned for touchdowns … Has been clocked at 4.65 in the 40-yard dash … Has a 305 pound bench press and 420 squat … Also played baseball for Benton HS.
Offensive Tackle | 6-5, 290
Maumelle, Ark. (Maumelle HS)
Ranked the No. 32 prospect in the state of Arkansas and the No. 169 offensive tackle in the class by 247Sports … Started at offensive tackle for Maumelle HS during his senior season under head coach David Farr … As a junior, helped Maumelle to a 10-1-1 record and the second round of the 5A state playoffs … Part of an offensive line that allowed the Hornets to total 31 touchdowns … Helped pave the way for a backfield that rushed for 1,397 yards while averaging 116.4 yards per game … Has a 325 pound bench press and 370 squat.
Offensive Guard | 6-3, 280
Little Rock, Ark. (Little Rock Christian Academy)
Ranked the No. 15 offensive guard in the state of Arkansas and the No. 69 offensive guard in the class by 247Sports … Also earned a grade of 83 from 247Sports and finished as the No. 14 offensive guard in the State of Arkansas by 247Composite, a combined index of national recruiting rankings … Played on both the offensive and defensive lines at Little Rock Christian Academy … As a senior, helped Little Rock Christian Academy to a 12-1 record and to the 5A state semifinals under head coach Jeff Weaver … Named to the All-Arkansas Varsity second team defense … Defensively, recorded 93 tackles and five sacks … Has been clocked at 5.0 in the 40-yard dash.
Kicker | 6-1, 185
Allen, Texas (Allen HS)
Ranked the No. 35 kicker in the class by ESPN with a grade of 73 … A four-year letterwinnner at Allen HS under head coach Tom Westerberg … As a senior, earned All-County first team special teams honors, was named to the All-District 6A second team and was selected as a Kohl’s High School All-American honorable mention … Helped the Eagles to a 14-1 record and the Texas 6A D1 state semifinals … Made 84 of 87 PAT attempts for a conversion rate of 96.55 … Booted through 19 of 24 field goals with a long of 48 … As a junior, converted seven of seven PAT attempts … Made 28 of 31 PAT attempts and one of four field goal attempts as a sophomore … In his freshman season, made 36 of 43 PAT attempts and three of four field goals.
Inside Linebacker | 5-11, 222
Greenwood, Ark. (Greenwood HS)
Tabbed the No. 22 player in the state of Arkansas and the No. 71 inside linebacker in the class by 247Sports … A three-year letterwinner at Greenwood HS … Named the 2015 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Defensive Player of the Year, Southwest Times Record Player of the Year and earned Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Prep honors as a senior … Selected to the All-Arkansas Varsity first team defense … Finished the season with 132 tackles, including 25 for loss, three sacks, four pass deflections and two fumble recoveries … Also had 11 receptions for 283 yards and five touchdowns … Helped Greenwood HS to a 12-1 record and the 6A state championship where he tallied 13 tackles … Earned All-State honors as a junior … Logged 80 tackles, including 10 for loss, one sack, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries … Also caught six passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Bulldogs to a 7-5 record and the second round of the 6A state playoffs … As a sophomore, registered 88 tackles, including 17 for loss, two quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, three interceptions and one pass breakup … Also had 16 receptions for 202 yards and six touchdowns … Coached by head coach Rick Jones … Younger brother of current Arkansas wide receiver Drew Morgan.