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The Recruiting Guy:
Arkansas junior day tidbits
An Arkansas football helmet sits on the ground prior to a game between the Razorbacks and Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Lexington, Ky.
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman and his staff are hosting approximately 40 junior and sophomore prospects for unofficial visits Saturday.
• Junior running back Javion Hunt (5-11, 204 pounds) of Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma City, had his previous offer from the Razorbacks reconfirmed by Pittman. The trip was his second to Fayetteville. He said Arkansas is one of his top schools and he plans to make an official visit to Fayetteville in the spring.
• Bentonville junior linebacker Cole Joyce (6-0, 210) said the Arkansas coaches are planning to evaluate him. He has offers from Central Florida, Tulsa and others.
• Little Rock Parkview running back James Jointer (6-1, 200) has received an offer from Pittman.
He had an offer from former Razorback coach Chad Morris. He suffered an ACL injury in the second game of the 2019 season and had rushed 12 times for 131 yards and a touchdown at the time of the injury.
Jointer recorded 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash as a ninth grader. He also has offers from Missouri and Louisiana Tech.
• Sophomore Andrew Chamblee (6-7, 310) of Maumelle had his Arkansas offer reconfirmed. He has other offers from Missouri, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Kansas, TCU and Virginia Tech. He said as of now, Arkansas leads for him.
• Sophomore athlete Isaac Thompson (6-1, 192) of St. Louis University High School, said Arkansas is one of his top schools after his trip. He said the visit was the best he has taken.
Thompson said he plans to return in the spring for a visit. His family knows former Arkansas running back Ronnie Wingo Jr. and his father. Wingo Sr. has spoken highly of the Razorbacks, but Thompson said the visit exceeded what he has told them.
He has 11 other offers, including from Missouri, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Washington State and Arizona.
• Defensive back Tyler Hibbler (5-11, 183) of St. Louis Trinity Catholic, was impressed with the new staff and said the players appear to like them as well.
He said the facilities are bigger than he expected and said he believes the Arkansas staff will turn the program around. The Razorbacks are high on his list.
Hibbler has offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa State, West Virginia and others.
• The father of sophomore cornerback Toriano Pride Jr. said he and his son were blown away by Arkansas.
Asked in a text message how the visit went, Pride Sr. responded, “Oh my God! Lost for words man....I had no clue the coaches and the facilities where TOP NOTCH!!! We loved it!”
Pride, 5-11, 179, of St. Louis Lutheran North, has 12 scholarship offers early in the recruiting process from schools such as Arkansas, Florida State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Minnesota and others.
Pride Sr. said he didn’t expect what he saw Saturday.
“My wife didn’t come....so we are coming back in March to watch spring ball," he said.
• Little Rock Parkview junior tight end Erin Outley called his visit 'great' after talking to Sam Pittman, Kendal Briles and tight ends coach Jon Cooper.
He was the first in-state prospect to receiver an offer from Pittman on Dec. 20. He said because of Pittman and the staff, the Razorbacks are at the top of his list.
Outley, 6-4, 235 pounds, has offers from Missouri, Memphis, Louisiana Tech and Kansas as well. He’s visited Fayetteville several times and has plans to visit again, along with other schools.
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