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Monday recruiting tidbits
Bret Bielema during Arkansas football practice on Saturday, April 29, 2017, inside Walker Pavilion in Fayetteville.
Two Arkansas visitors didn't know what to make of driving through the Boston Mountains on their way to and from Fayetteville over the weekend.
Linebacker Deshaun White, 6-1, 210 of North Richland Hills, (Texas) Richland said Arkansas was different from many of his other visits because of the family atmosphere. He received an offer during his trip.
He came away impressed with outside linebackers coach Chad Walker and Coach Bret Bielema. White plans to narrow his list of schools in a couple of weeks and said the Hogs will make the cut.
White said his mother was equally impressed with Arkansas, but was nervous while driving on I-49 because of the mountains.
Offensive tackle Darrell Simpson, 6-7, 330 of Justin (Texas) Northwest said called the visit great because of the coaching staff and the people around Fayetteville. He too was surprised by the Boston Mountains. He called the views some of the best he's ever seen, but said driving over some of the bridges was nerve-racking.
Defensive lineman Emmit Gooden, 6-4, 320 of Independence Community College said his trip helped Arkansas' chances with him and he plans to make return visits in the future. The highlight of the trip was spending time with Bielema.
He and Razorback defensive lineman McTelvin Agim became friends while going through the recruiting process in high school and they were able to hangout .
Arkansas' academic center and the senior walk were two of parts of the visit that stood out.
Sophomore defensive lineman Collin Clay, 6-4, 237 of Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City said he and his father agreed that Saturday's visit to Arkansas was the best one so far. He said that includes visits to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State because Arkansas also focused on education while it was only football at other schools.
He has offers from SMU and Arkansas State.
Quarterback Gerry Bohanon, 6-4, 215 of Earle said the coaches told him he would have a shot at quarterback and would be the starter if he wins the job. They told him about some packages they would add to use his talents.
Bohanon said Hog quarterback commitment Connor Noland is recruiting him hard and mentioned competition would make them and the team better.
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