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Massive O-lineman McRoy has Hogs atop his list
Arkansas offensive line coach Cody Kennedy and 4-star lineman Jac’qawn McRoy.
Massive junior 4-star offensive lineman Jac’Qawn McRoy has Arkansas at the top of his list after visiting the Razorbacks over the weekend.
“Easily No. 1 – easily,” McRoy said of where Arkansas stands with him. “I go to Auburn this weekend, so I guess they’re going to try and take that spot, because Auburn is sitting at No. 2.”
McRoy, 6-8, 367 pounds, of Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville, has 21 offers from Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State, Louisville, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky and other schools.
He explained why the Razorbacks are at the top of his list.
“It really feels like family, and out of any place I’ve been to Arkansas really has the biggest O-linemen as far as height and stuff,” McRoy said. “I’m like, they have to know how to coach them. I don’t want to go where coaches are like, ‘Dog, he’s big.’”
He said he visited Fayetteville last summer, for the Arkansas football game against Alabama in October and one other time prior to his latest trip.
McRoy hung out with Alabama natives and freshmen defensive backs TJ Metcalf and Dallas Young, and several of the offensive linemen.
“I talked to some of the O-linemen. I actually feel pretty average around them because they’re all 6-7,” he said.
One site, 247 Sports, rates him a 4-star recruit, the No. 5 offensive tackle and No. 134 overall prospect in the nation in the 2024 class.
Being a lineman who likes to eat, McRoy said the Jerry & Gene Jones Family Student-Athlete Success Center’s dining area stood out.
“I know that’s funny, because I’m a lineman. The cafeteria is amazing,” he said of the food selection.
McCoy said he weighs 367 after eating so much over the weekend.
“Me and the scales have a long-distance relationship,” he said with a laugh.
McRoy bragged on Razorbacks offensive line coach Cody Kennedy and special teams coordinator Scott Fountain, who recruits in Alabama.
“Coach Kennedy is a funny guy,” McRoy said. “Coach Fountain, he’s been recruiting me hard from Day 1.”
He is looking to make other visits and eventually trim his list.
“I’ll take some more visits,” he said. “I’ll probably drop a top 10 or something right before my senior season or like a month before. Then (I will) commit right before the season starts.”
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