Eric Mateos’ Upbeat, Cryptic Post Most Likely Refers to One of a Few Recruits

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As busy as the Arkansas football program has been hosting official visits the last couple of weekends, things have been a little slow on the commitment front.

The Razorbacks haven’t added any players to the 2025 class since Quentin Murphy and Blake Cherry went public with their decisions on June 1.

When recruits are committing to other SEC teams seemingly every day, 10 days can feel like an eternity. Thankfully for Arkansas fans, the drought may be coming to an end soon.

Offensive line coach Eric Mateos recently sent out a cryptic tweet that seems to indicate his position group might be getting a commitment (or two) this week.

So, who will it be?

As of now, the Razorbacks have just one offensive lineman — Cherry — committed in the 2025 class, so it could be any number of the official visitors they’ve hosted this month.

One who it won’t be is four-star Logan Schram, who announced his commitment to TCU over Arkansas and Texas Tech on Sunday, about a week after his trip to Fayetteville.

Here’s a closer look at six offensive linemen whom Mateos could be referencing with his tweet…

Arkansas Football 2025 OL Targets

Carius Curne

6-4 | 301 | Marion HS (Marion, Ark.)
247Sports Composite: 4-star, 0.9487

Simply based on what happened this past weekend, Carius Curne would make a lot of sense to be the next offensive line to jump on board — or, in his case, jump back on board.

Ranked as the No. 109 overall player in the 2025 class by the 247Sports Composite, Curne is widely considered the top in-state player of the cycle and was actually committed to the Razorbacks for about 1.5 months earlier this year before opening things back up.

It seemed like he was destined to follow in the footsteps of Courtney Crutchfield and end up at another SEC school, with multiple Crystal Ball picks for LSU on 247Sports, but Arkansas has stayed after him. Curne was in Fayetteville for an official visit over the weekend and now it sounds as though he may be more like Braylen Russell and re-join the Razorbacks’ class.

In fact, longtime recruiting writer Otis Kirk believes he’ll eventually end up back with the Razorbacks and “this time for good.”

“One thing that impressed him was that Arkansas didn’t get mad at him when he decommitted,” Kirk said in his latest Arkansas Football Recruiting Report for Pig Trail Nation. “He said that tells him that they care about the players.”

Curne also said he didn’t plan to take his previously scheduled official visit to LSU this weekend, which would certainly be good news for Arkansas.

Of course, all of those comments came in the immediate aftermath of what was probably a fun and enjoyable official visit. The question remains: Will he feel the same way when the post-visit afterglow wears off?

Kash Courtney

6-4 | 265 | Carthage HS (Carthage, Texas)
247Sports Composite: 3-star, 0.8542

A couple of weeks have passed since Kash Courtney’s official visit to Arkansas, but the Razorbacks are still on his mind based on his tweet late last week that mentioned both them and Baylor, where he’s been committed since October.

That pledge, of course, came when Eric Mateos was still the Bears’ offensive line coach. He has since returned to Arkansas and re-offered Courtney in January. Two weeks later, Courtney was in Fayetteville for a Junior Day.

It seems like Courtney is genuinely torn between Arkansas and Baylor, even though he’s still committed to the latter. Committing this week might not make sense because he’s set to visit Waco next weekend, which could provide more clarity on his plans.

Lionel Prudhomme

6-3 | 295 | Captain Shreve HS (Shreveport, La.)
247Sports Composite: 3-star, 0.8619

Another player that would make a lot of sense is Lionel Prudhomme, as he was in town for an official visit this past weekend. It’s not uncommon for a commitment to come in the days following a visit.

However, the Louisiana native did tell reporters that he planned to visit Tulane, Texas Tech and Mississippi State. Whether or not he goes through with those visits could tell us a lot about where Arkansas stands with him, regardless of the timing of his announcement.

Austin Pay

6-6 | 295 | Lone Peak HS (American Fork, Utah)
247Sports Composite: 3-star, 0.8781

Much like Kash Courtney, a couple of weeks have passed since Austin Pay made the long trip from Utah to Fayetteville for an official visit. He has since visited Oregon and is set to check out North Carolina State and Texas A&M in the coming weeks.

However, the Razorbacks have the advantage of Eric Mateos as their offensive line coach. Mateos coached at BYU, where both Pay’s father played and his older brother currently plays. That helped them develop a relationship several years ago. Then, Pay attended a camp at Baylor which Mateos helped supervise and earned an offer. Finally, not long after being hired at Arkansas, Mateos extended an offer from the Razorbacks.

Connor Howes

6-5.5 | 295 | St. Cloud HS (St. Cloud, Fla.)
247Sports Composite: 4-star, 0.8964

Yet another offensive lineman who took an official visit a couple weeks ago, Connor Howes is a four-star prospect with numerous Power Four offers. Since coming to Fayetteville, he’s visited Rutgers and will be at North Carolina State and Ole Miss the next couple of weeks, according to his 247Sports profile.

Interestingly, his Twitter feed gives several clues that he may be leaning toward Arkansas. Last week, he quoted Kash Courtney and said “I can’t wait till we can be teammates,” which is notable because Howes hasn’t been offered by Baylor — the only other school Courtney is seemingly considering. He made a similar comment to Austin Pay. Howes also retweeted the aforementioned cryptic tweet by Eric Mateos.

It’s not wise to read too much into a teenager’s social media posts, but those things seem to be noteworthy.


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