Capsules: Arkansas signing class of 2018

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Quarterback Connor Noland, left, and defensive lineman Isaiah Nichols, center, signed with Arkansas in December, while quarterback John Stephen Jones, right, is expected to sign Wednesday.
Quarterback Connor Noland, left, and defensive lineman Isaiah Nichols, center, signed with Arkansas in December, while quarterback John Stephen Jones, right, is expected to sign Wednesday.

Courtre Alexander, DL, 6-4, 250, 4.9, Owasso, Okla.

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (***) No. 15 prospect in Oklahoma

ESPN.COM (***) No. 58 defensive end, No. 11 prospect in Oklahoma

247 SPORTS (***) No. 40 weak-side defensive end, No. 803 prospect, No. 15 prospect in Oklahoma

TOM LEMMING (***)

STATS & FACTS

As a senior, recorded 53 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 recovered fumbles. … Led the Rams to the Class 6A-1 state championship with a victory over Tulsa Union, the first state title for Owasso since 1974. … Officially visited Arkansas and Texas.

Notable Offers: Texas, Memphis, Wyoming, Tulane and others

LaDarrius Bishop, DB, 6-1, 190, 4.35, Ashdown

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (****) No. 2 prospect in Arkansas, No. 28 cornerback in the nation

ESPN.COM (***) No. 8 prospect in Arkansas, No. 69 cornerback in the nation

247 SPORTS (***) No. 5 prospect in Arkansas, No. 49 cornerback in the nation, No. 557 overall

TOM LEMMING (***)

STATS & FACTS

As a senior, 25 rushes for 249 yards, 3 TDs, 29 receptions for 485 yards, 5 TDs, 9 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovered fumble; as a junior, 8 carries for 136 yards, 1 TD, 20 receptions for 406 yards, 4 TDs. … Cousin of Arkansas redshirt safety Montaric Brown and 2021 Arkansas baseball commitment Braylon Bishop. … Former Mississippi State commitment.

Notable Offers: Alabama, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Louisville, Memphis and others

Rakeem Boyd, RB, 6-0, 207, 4.5, Houston (Independence CC)

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (NR)

ESPN.COM (NR)

247 SPORTS (***) No. 3 running back and No. 68 overall junior-college prospect

TOM LEMMING (NR)

STATS & FACTS

Rushed 192 times for 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns. … ESPN rated him a four-star prospect and No. 23 running back in the nation out of Houston (Texas) Stratford High School. … Signed with Texas A&M in 2016, but left Aggies after redshirt freshman year and enrolled in junior college.

Notable Offers: Arizona and Colorado

Billy Ferrell, DL, 6-3, 330, 5.0, Fordyce

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (***) No. 7 prospect in Arkansas, No. 53 defensive tackle in the nation

ESPN.COM (NR)

247 SPORTS (***) No. 9 prospect in Arkansas, No. 81 defensive tackle in the nation

TOM LEMMING (***)

STATS & FACTS

As a senior, 63 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, a sack, 2 pass deflections, 2 recovered fumbles, 4 forced fumbles, 29 rushes for 136 yards and 3 touchdowns, 12 kickoff returns for 419 yards, for a 34.9 average. … Played basketball in 10th grade and baseball throughout high school. … Father Bill played football at Arkansas-Monticello. … As a junior, benched press 335 and 550 squat

Notable Offers: Alabama, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Louisville, Colorado State, Memphis and others

Joseph Foucha, S, 5-11, 190, N/A, New Orleans (McDonogh 35)

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (***) No. 33 safety, No. 18 prospect in Louisiana

ESPN.COM (***) No. 40 safety, No. 33 prospect in Louisiana

247 SPORTS (***) No. 43 safety, No. 548 overall prospect, No. 21 prospect in Louisiana

TOM LEMMING (****)

STATS & FACTS

As a senior, 68 tackles, 5 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles, 4 recovered fumbles, 15 pass breakups; as a junior, had 59 tackles, 6 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, 2 recovered fumbles. … Named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State Team as a senior. … Had a previous relationship with Coach Chad Morris and staff at SMU, and he’s also friends with Arkansas sophomore linebacker De’Jon Harris.

Notable Offers: Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Baylor and others

Nick Fulwider, DL, 6-7, 260, 4.79, Tyrone (Sandy Creek), Ga.

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (***) No. 35 weak-side defensive end, No. 79 prospect in Georgia

ESPN.COM (***) No. 70 defensive end, No. 75 prospect in Georgia

247 SPORTS (***) No. 40 strong-side defensive end, No. 919 prospect, No. 97 prospect in Georgia

TOM LEMMING (***+)

STATS & FACTS

Has 3.4 GPA and plans to major in engineering. … 27.2-inch vertical jump. … His mother, Diahann, teaches U.S. history at Sandy Creek.

Notable Offers: North Carolina, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and others

Noah Gatlin, OL, 6-7, 300, 5.18, Jonesboro

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (***) No. 8 prospect in Arkansas

ESPN.COM (***) No. 75 offensive tackle, No. 8 prospect in Arkansas

247 SPORTS (***) No. 63 offensive tackle, No. 8 prospect in Arkansas

TOM LEMMING (***)

STATS & FACTS

As a senior, graded 88 percent, 11 pancake blocks, 2 sacks allowed; as a junior, 14 pancake blocks. … Grandfather Nelson Catalina spent 11 seasons as the head basketball coach at Arkansas State. … Three-year starter and all-conference all three years. … 315 bench press, 285 power clean.

Notable Offers: Arizona State, Texas Tech, Virginia, Mississippi State, Iowa State and others

John Stephen Jones, QB, 5-10, 185, 4.6, Dallas (Highland Park)

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (**)

ESPN.COM (****) No. 54 pocket-passer QB, No. 213 prospect in Texas

247 SPORTS (***) No. 42 pro-style quarterback, No. 153 prospect in Texas

TOM LEMMING (***+)

STATS & FACTS

As a senior, completed 242 of 336 passes for 4,186 yards and 53 touchdowns while throwing 3 interceptions, and rushed 103 times for 673 yards and 12 touchdowns; as a junior, completed 202 of 335 passes for 3,017 yards, 30 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, and rushed 119 times for 278 yards and 4 touchdowns. … Led Highland Park to back-to-back Class 5A Division II state championships. … First Texas high school quarterback to throw for more than 500 yards in a Texas state championship game when he threw for 564 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2017. … Grandson of Dallas Cowboys owner and former Razorbacks offensive lineman Jerry Jones. … Son of former Razorbacks linebacker Stephen Jones, the Cowboys’ chief operating officer and executive vice president.

Notable Offers: Texas Tech, SMU, Kansas and others

Myles Mason, S, 6-2, 205, 4.4, Trussville (Hewitt-Trussville), Ala.

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (***) No. 38 safety, No. 16 prospect in Alabama

ESPN.COM (****), No. 21 safety, No. 10 prospect in Alabama

247 SPORTS (***) No. 29 safety, No. 405 overall prospect, No. 13 prospect in Alabama

TOM LEMMING (****+)

STATS & FACTS

Recorded 41 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 pass breakups and a forced fumble; 30 carries for 277 yards and 5 touchdowns as a senior while missing four games after having a knee scoped for torn cartilage and a chipped bone. … Committed to Mississippi State and former coach Dan Mullen in October. … Former Shiloh Christian coach Josh Floyd is the coach at Hewitt-Trussville.

Notable Offers: Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, Tennessee and others

Isaiah Nichols, DL, 6-3, 265, 4.9, Springdale

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (***) No. 8 prospect in Arkansas

ESPN.COM (***) No. 59 defensive tackle, No. 6 prospect in Arkansas

247 SPORTS (***) No. 7 prospect in Arkansas, No. 37 strong-side defensive end, No. 858 prospect in the nation

TOM LEMMING (***)

STATS & FACTS

As a senior, recorded 31 unassisted tackles, 42 assisted tackles, 30.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, 49 quarterback hurries, 1 reception for an 8-yard touchdown; as a junior, 54 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 6 quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, and blocked a field goal. … Started playing football as a sophomore. … 335 bench press, 425 squat, 500 dead lift, 300 power clean.

Notable Offers: Missouri, North Carolina State, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, Tulsa and others

Connor Noland, QB, 6-3, 208, 4.7, Greenwood

STAR FACTOR

RIVALS.COM (***) No. 17 QB in the nation, No. 3 prospect in Arkansas

ESPN.COM (****) No. 14 pocket-passer QB, No. 2 prospect in Arkansas, No. 243 prospect in the nation

247 SPORTS (****) No. 12 pro-style quarterback, No. 2 prospect in Arkansas, No. 332 prospect in the nation

TOM LEMMING (****)

STATS & FACTS

As a senior, completed 238 of 348 passes for 2,801 yards, 34 TDs, 6 INTs, 82 rushes for 239 yards, 5 touchdowns; as a junior, completed 151 of 229 passes, 2,095 yards, 18 TDs, 3 INTs, 122 rushes for 553 yards, 6 TDs. … Outstanding right-hander who plans to pitch for the Hogs. … Played in Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. … First commitment for the 2018 class. … Led Greenwood to first state title since 2012 as a senior.

Notable Offers: Penn State, UCLA, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Missouri, North Carolina

Andrew Parker, LB, 6-2, 225, 4.56, New Orleans (Wright)

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (NR)

ESPN.COM (***) No. 49 inside linebacker, No. 60 prospect in Louisiana

247 SPORTS (***) No. 33 inside linebacker, No. 34 prospect in Louisiana, No. 721 prospect in the nation

TOM LEMMING (***)

STATS & FACTS

As a senior, recorded 107 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles and 1 recovered fumble while rushing for 275 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. … On. Jan. 12, Arkansas was the first Power 5 school to offer. Texas, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Colorado State and TCU followed. … Has a 3.8 grade-point average and is looking to major in computer science and computer engineering.

Notable Offers: Texas A&M, Texas, TCU, Ole Miss and others

Bumper Pool, LB, 6-2, 220, 4.79, Lucas (Lovejoy), Texas

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (****) No. 37 prospect in Texas, No. 14 inside linebacker in the nation

ESPN.COM (***) No. 75 prospect in Texas, No. 17 inside linebacker in the nation

247 SPORTS (****) No. 42 prospect in Texas, No. 16 inside linebacker, No. 331 prospect in the nation

TOM LEMMING (****)

STATS & FACTS

As a senior, 108 unassisted tackles, 58 assisted tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 1 quarterback hurry, 3 pass breakups, 1 pass deflection, 3 INTs, 4 forced fumbles, 4 recovered fumbles, 1 blocked field goal; as a junior, 148 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, a quarterback hurry, 6 pass breakups, 5 forced fumble and 2 recovered fumbles. … Sister Maddie is a junior at Arkansas; father, Jeff, two aunts, two cousins and a grandfather also attended Arkansas. … Lifelong Razorbacks fan. … Will enroll in January.

Notable Offers: Southern Cal, Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Texas A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma State and others

Silas Robinson, OL, 6-4, 315, 5.1, Yoakum, Texas

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (***)

ESPN.COM (***) No. 80 offensive tackle, No. 176 prospect in Texas

247 SPORTS (***) No. 313 prospect in Texas, No. 171 offensive tackle

TOM LEMMING (***)

STATS & FACTS

Graded out at 98 percent, 73 knockdowns, allowed 1 sack during regular season; graded out at 97 percent, 21 knockdowns and allowed no sacks in playoffs. … Father Bo was an All-Southwest Conference DE at Texas in 1992, played 6 seasons in the NFL and also is head coach at Yoakum. … Late grandfather Wendell was inducted into Texas High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 2002. He coached one season at Gravette after retiring in Texas. … 340 bench press, 650 squat.

Notable Offers: Virginia, Brigham Young, Rice, SMU and others

Ryan Winkel, OL, 6-6, 280, 5.2, Memphis (Christian Brothers)

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (**)

ESPN.COM (***) No. 51 offensive tackle, No. 20 prospect in Tennessee

247 SPORTS (***) No. 94 offensive tackle, No. 31 prospect in Tennessee

TOM LEMMING (***)

STATS & FACTS

Recorded 71 knockdown blocks, season-high 16 against Memphis Briarcrest Christian, and 29 pancake blocks while not allowing a sack as a senior. … Tennessee Sports Writers Association first-team all-state selection in Division II-AAA; Commercial Appeal all-metro first team.

Notable Offers: Tennessee, Mississippi State, Virginia, Nebraska, Northwestern and others.

Mike Woods, WR, 6-2, 190, 4.43, Magnolia, Texas

STAR STATUS

RIVALS.COM (***)

ESPN.COM (***) No. 104 wide receiver, No. 82 prospect in Texas

247 SPORTS (***) No. 99 wide receiver, No. 78 prospect in Texas

TOM LEMMING (***)

STATS & FACTS

As a senior, 51 receptions, 1,018 yards and 15 touchdowns; as a junior, 75 catches for 1,456 yards and 21 TDs. … Coach Chad Morris’ first commitment as Razorbacks coach. … Was previously committed to SMU under Morris. … Plans to graduate in December and enroll at Arkansas in January

Notable Offers: Virginia, Washington State, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Colorado State, Iowa State and others

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