Beating Gus Malzahn Again Would Help Hogs Get Off Schneid in 2025 Recruiting

Gus Malzahn, Waden Charles, Arkansas football, UCF football
photo credit: Twitter/Waden Charles

Last weekend might have been forgettable on the diamond, but it could prove to be massive for the Arkansas football program.

Not only did the Razorbacks land a pair of 2025 commitments from athlete Quentin Murphy and offensive lineman Blake Cherry on Saturday, but they also hosted a loaded group of 13 official visitors.

Two of the recruits who were in town have now set announcement dates.

First up is Logan Schram, a four-star offensive lineman from Boerne, Texas. He is set to choose between Arkansas, Texas Tech and TCU on Sunday.

Listed at 6-foot-6, 328 pounds, Schram has played left tackle for his high school the last two year, but is projected to be an interior offensive lineman in college. That’s a common move, as most high-caliber offensive line recruits play left tackle in high school because they’re usually their team’s best lineman.

He previously visited the Red Raiders and Horned Frogs, so that means the Razorbacks got his final visit. Auburn, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas A&M were among his several other offers.

Then, on July 2, four-star linebacker Tavion Wallace will announce his commitment between Arkansas, Florida, Florida State and Georgia.

Wallace made the trip to Fayetteville from Jesup, Ga., this past weekend, but has visits to his other three finalists coming up in the next few weeks. The Seminoles will get the last of those visits and they currently have the lone Crystal Ball prediction on 247Sports.

Throw in the fact that he’s the No. 36 overall recruit and No. 3 linebacker in the Class of 2025, according to 247Sports, and Arkansas seems like a long shot to land his services, but at least it got him on campus.

Landing either or both of those four-star prospects would be a big-time boost to the Razorbacks’ efforts on the recruiting trail. The eight-man class currently doesn’t have any 247Sports Composite four-star commits and is ranked 39th nationally.

Although that is good for 11th in the SEC, Arkansas is the only team in the league without at least one four-star commitment. Even Vanderbilt has one.

Potential Double-Dip in the Sunshine State?

Another candidate to get the Razorbacks off the schneid with a 247Sports Composite four-star commitment is Waden Charles.

The wide receiver out of Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Fla., backed off his pledge to Miami (Fla.) on Thursday and will be in Fayetteville this weekend for an official visit.

What’s notable about Charles is that the Razorbacks already landed a commitment from one of his teammates — wide receiver Kamare Williams. Getting a player like Williams, a high three-star recruit from Florida, was big for Arkansas, but double-dipping at the same school for a four-star? That’d be huge.

Of course, it won’t be easy. Charles’ offer list includes the likes of Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Penn State, Texas A&M and many others.

He also already has a visit set for UCF the weekend after coming to Fayetteville, so the Razorbacks will once again be battling with Gus Malzahn for a recruit. They won the battle for quarterback Malachi Singleton and now they’ll try to replicate it in the 2025 class with Charles.

Arkansas Football Aiming for a Flip (or Three)

That isn’t the only recruit for whom Sam Pittman is trying to beat out Gus Malzahn. The Razorbacks are also trying to steal away defensive lineman RyShawn Perry out of Newton High in Covington, Ga.

Despite committing to UCF back in April, Perry was among the group of official visitors in Fayetteville this weekend. Listed at 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, he is a mid-tier three-star recruit who also has offers from Auburn, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tennessee and others.

He was one of Arkansas’ two official visitors committed elsewhere, as it also hosted Baylor commit Kash Courtney. A mid-tier three-star offensive lineman from Carthage, Texas, he announced his pledge to the Bears last October.

That’s when offensive line coach Eric Mateos was still at Baylor. When he left to take the job at Arkansas, Mateos continued to court Courtney. This was his second trip to Fayetteville, as he also visited in late January, not long after Mateos was hired.

Keeping with the flipping trend, one of Arkansas’ official visitors this weekend is Beebe, Ark., running back Kiandrea Barker. An in-state product who played in Texas last season, Barker is back in Beebe and was offered by new running backs coach Kolby Smith last month.

Once rated as a four-star prospect, Barker is now a three-star recruit across the board. He committed to Penn State last April.

LR Parkview Quartet Sets OVs to Arkansas

Two other recruits coming to Fayetteville this weekend are Quentin Murphy and Omarion Robinson, a pair of standouts out of Little Rock Parkview.

Murphy will make the trip as one of Arkansas’ most recent public commitments. Although a quarterback in high school, he is a true “athlete” and is expected to play wide receiver for the Razorbacks.

Robinson plays on the other side of the ball as a safety and is arguably the best in-state player in the 2025 class. In fact, Rivals rates him as the top player from Arkansas, as well as No. 121 overall. He is coming off an official visit to LSU and also has trips planned to Oklahoma and Oregon.

The following weekend, June 14-16, the Razorbacks will host another Little Rock Parkview duo: running backs Monterrio Elston and Cameron Settles.

Two Parkkiew Patriots — Robinson and Elston — are scheduled to announce their commitments on June 29.

Arkansas has also offered Little Rock Parkview linebacker Jakore Smith in the 2026 class, and it is far from the only program recruiting players from the school:

LSU Enters Mix for Arkansas Pledge

It’s never a good sign when a commit shares offers from other schools on social media. Doing so with a caption that reads, “Well this makes things interesting,” is even worse.

That’s just what happened with 2026 defensive back Tay Lockett on Tuesday, as he posted about an offer from LSU on his Twitter account with that very caption.

That came only a couple of days after he posted a photo from inside Neyland Stadium at Tennessee:

Perhaps it should be expected that Arkansas’ earliest commitment on record (the last 26 classes) has wandering eyes, especially considering he’s in California and the Razorbacks went 4-8 last season, putting Sam Pittman firmly on the hot seat.

However, this is a kid who grew up as an Arkansas fan because his mom is from Little Rock. He even has the photos to prove it. Plus, since announcing his pledge, Lockett has been a vocal supporter of the Razorbacks and has even convinced some of his California buddies to make the trip to Fayetteville for a visit.

Even though he’s generally considered a high three-star prospect, Arkansas had to beat out a lengthy list of high-profile schools to land Lockett’s commitment, so he’s one Pittman and his staff would probably like to keep.


More coverage of Arkansas football and Arkansas recruiting from BoAS… 

Facebook Comments