Hogs have two players Class of 2023 and both up for National Player of the Year

Arkansas’ only two commits so far are so good they’re up for National Player of the Year honors.

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman landed two five-star recruits over the last week in the Class of 2023. He doesn’t need many more, either.

The two commits – center Baye Fall and guard Layden Blocker – are both national Top 25 players in the country. And on Wednesday, both were named to the Nasiman Boys High School Player of the Year watch list.

Fall, a 6-foot-10 big from Denver, isn’t a traditional post player, though some say he reminds them of former Arkansas center Daniel Gafford. Fall has more of a jump shot and is less of a rim protector than the now-Washington Wizards center. Fall chose Arkansas Tuesday night.

Blocker committed to Arkansas on November 13. He is a Little Rock native who transferred to a school in Wichita this past season.

Arkansas has four seniors on its 2022-23 roster. All of them transferred in via the portal in the offseason.

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Arkansas basketball lands five-star center Baye Fall

Eric Musselman has done it again. Arkansas basketball lands another five-star recruit for 2023.

It seems Eric Musselman and Arkansas basketball can’t be stop when it comes to recruiting. Baye Fall, a five-star center, is the latest highly-coveted recruit to sign with the Hogs for 2023.

His commitment makes him the fifth five-star recruit to choose the Hogs since Musselman arrived in Fayetteville.

At 6-foot-10, Fall is currently rated as the No. 16 overall prospect and No. 3 center prospect in the 2023 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.com.

Fall is an uber-athletic big who can run the floor exceptionally well and protect the rim. He has very solid lateral quickness, which helps him hold is own against smaller guards and wings on the perimeter. His elite athleticism combined with his size help him excel at rebounding on both ends of the floor.

He’s an excellent foul shooter and has a respectable outside jumpshot. His strength and interior offense are both areas of concern, but will most likely be addressed once he arrives in Fayetteville.

“I wanted a great fit for my playing style,” Fall said in an interview with the Denver Post on Sunday. “Somewhere that I’m going to be held accountable and … (will help me) be able to just get to the next level the best way possible.”

Assane Diop, a four-star teammate of Fall’s at Accelerated Prep in Denver, also had Arkansas as one of his final three schools, but ultimately chose to commit to Colorado.

Fall is the second five-star recruit to commit to play for the Hogs in 2023. He joins Layden Blocker, a five-star point guard who signed with Arkansas this past Saturday.

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Five-star point guard Layden Blocker officially signs with Arkansas

Arkansas basketball signs first official member of 2023 recruiting class, five-star point guard Layden Blocker.

Eric Musselman and the Arkansas basketball team have officially signed their first commitment from the 2023 recruiting class.

Five-star point guard Layden Blocker signed his National Letter of Intent in Fayetteville on Saturday after leading Sunrise Christian to an 86-53 win over Colorado Prep earlier in the day.

Blocker, a 6-foot-2 point guard, is ranked as the 25th overall prospect in the 2023 recruiting class according to 247 Sports composite rankings. He also becomes the fourth five-star prospect that Musselman has signed since arriving in Fayetteville, joining Nick Smith Jr., Anthony Black and Jordan Walsh.

The Arkansas native exploded on the scene while playing at Little Rock Christian Academy before transferring to play at the high-profile Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita (Kan.). The prep school has produced some notable alums such as Buddy Hield (Indiana Pacers), Kennedy Chandler (Memphis Grizzlies) and Shaedon Sharpe (Portland Trail Blazers).

This is the first domino to fall for Musselman’s 2023 class, but it certainly won’t be the last. The transfer portal will once again be a busy place at season’s end, and the Hogs are in a good spot with a pair of talented big men from Accelerated Prep Academy in Denver (Colo.).

Highly-coveted five-star forward Baye Fall and his teammate, four-star Assane Diop, have each narrowed down their list of schools to three and included the Hogs.

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Arkansas football lands commitment from top defensive end for 2024

Arkansas football receives commitment from top-rated defensive end, Kavion Henderson, for 2024 class.

Following an embarrassing 21-19 loss to Liberty on Saturday, Sam Pittman and Arkansas football were in desperate need of some good news.

On Sunday, that came in the form of Kavion Henderson, a four-star defensive lineman out of Alabama, announcing his commitment to the Hogs via Twitter.

Henderson, a product of Leeds High in Alabama, chose Arkansas over Georgia, Oklahoma, Auburn and Cincinnati.

“They (Arkansas) think I can come up there and change the game, get the edge position because they’re not known for having a lot of edge guys,” Henderson told ESPN shortly after committing.

“Georgia already got what they want,” he said. “They already have the edge guys. Arkansas, I want to go somewhere to help. I want to help out and I want to build. I want to make an impact, so I think Arkansas was the right place.”

Through the years Arkansas has struggled with defensive line recruiting when compared to other programs in the SEC. Henderson’s commitment shows that Sam Pittman and his staff are starting to make some headway changing that.

The 6-foot-3, 255 pound Henderson is the Hogs’ highest rated recruit since 2016 and the first commitment for their 2024 class following the de-commitment of Braylen Russell, a four-star running back from Benton (Ark.).

Arkansas football currently has the No. 16 ranked recruiting class for 2023 and if Sunday is any indication, Sam Pittman may be setting up for an even bigger 2024.

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Alabama, Georgia lead the way in the 2023 recruiting rankings

Checking in on Arkansas’ 2023 class and where they rank among their peers.

The calendar turns to the month of November which means we are just over a month away from the early signing period in mid-December.

While there is still a month of football games left on the regular season slate, coaches and support staff are looking to make waves on the recruiting trail. Some classes need a few spots filled, while others have a lot of work to do in the coming months.

With Nov. 1 now upon us, we look at the updated 2023 recruiting rankings in the SEC according to 247Sports composite team rankings.

Three Arkansas Football commits to compete in prestigious all-star game

Three Razorback pledges will be representing their home state of Alabama in December.

Three Arkansas pledges for the 2023 recruiting cycle will represent their home state this December in an annual all-star game.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association recently revealed the rosters for the 36th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, and Team Alabama features three current Arkansas commits.

Defensive backs [autotag]Dallas Young[/autotag] and [autotag]T.J. Metcalf[/autotag], as wide receiver [autotag]Davion Dozier[/autotag] are among 40 players selected to compete for Team Alabama at the annual all-star game that will take place on Saturday, December 10 at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, located at the University of South Alabama.

Through nine games, Dozier is the leading receiver for Moody High School, which is coached by former Georgia linebacker Jake Ganus. Dozier has reeled in 41 catches for 17 touchdowns for the Blue Devils.  Metcalf, who is also coached by a former SEC player Lee Guess, is currently having a great season at Pinson Valley High School.

Young has been a vital part of Gardendale High School’s success this season. The Rockets are currently 6-2 overall and will compete for the 6A Region 5 championship this Friday night against Mountain Brook High School.

Arkansas currently ranks No. 17 in the 2023 recruiting rankings by 247Sports with 17 total commitments.

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Four-star RB decommits from Arkansas

Arkansas is back to square one after losing a commit from the 2024 recruiting cycle.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are back to square one in their recruiting efforts for the 2024 recruiting cycle, as their lone commit from the class has reopened his recruitment.

Braylen Russell, a four-star running back from Benton High School, revealed his intention to de-commit from Arkansas on Sunday. With Russell’s de-commitment, Arkansas now has zero commits for the 2024 cycle.

Russell committed to Arkansas on Nov. 6, 2021, and has received offers from Tennessee and Ole Miss since pledging to Arkansas. He is the No. 2 running back in the state of Arkansas for the class of 2024, and the No. 15 overall running back.

Arkansas is in good standing for the 2023 cycle. The Razorbacks have 23 commits and rank No 17 in 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.

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Four Razorbacks earn spot on On3’s Transfer Portal weekly power rankings

Arkansas is getting a great return on its transfer portal investment, as proven on the field each week.

Whenever a College Football program dips into the transfer portal to recruit talent for their roster, it is always seen as a risk.

In the case of Arkansas Football, they have proven every week during the 2022 season that they have invested well.

Through three games, Arkansas has gotten valuable production from six players that were brought into the program from the transfer portal, and four of them have been listed on On3’s Transfer Portal power rankings, which are updated weekly.

Linebacker [autotag]Drew Sanders[/autotag], cornerback [autotag]Dwight McGlothern[/autotag], as well as defensive linemen [autotag]Jordan Domineck[/autotag] and [autotag]Landon Jackson[/autotag] are all honored by On3 this week for their immediate impact for the Razorback defense.

Each of the above-mentioned players is listed in their respective position’s power rankings, but Drew Sanders leads the pack by being listed in the outlet’s overall power rankings, checking in at No. 5 this week.

Sanders has already eclipsed his numbers from his two seasons at Alabama in just three games. He enters week four with 28 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Here is a rundown of where Arkansas’ key transfer land in this week’s power rankings.

Last year win against Texas and Texas A&M helped Arkansas recruiting

Sam Pittman acknowledges the importance of winning in Texas against a Texas school.

Texas forever lives as one of the most lucrative and rich-in-talent hotbeds in college football recruiting. So defeating a Texas school in Texas makes out-of-state programs’ recruiting pitches more enticing.

Sam Pittman believes the 20-10 win over Texas A&M last year was very important in the Razorbacks’ recruiting landscape.

“I think it was really important to us because we had been fortunate enough to beat Texas,” Pittman said about the back-to-back win against the biggest football schools in Texas. 

“To come back and beat Texas A&M, I felt like it would do something for us on a national appearance. And I knew it would help us in recruiting in Texas. I felt like it was a CBS game, and I felt like it would help us in recruiting. I thought it was an important game for us to have as a win.”

Last season the Razorbacks landed one recruit out of Texas in the 2022 class. Arkansas currently has five hard commits out of the state of Texas for their 2023 class, all five players on the defensive side of the ball. 

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Arkansas target Kavion Henderson sets commitment date

Arkansas is in the running to land a 2024 defensive prospect from the state of Alabama.

Arkansas could add depth to the defensive line in the form of a 2024 prospect.

[autotag]Kavion Henderson[/autotag], a four-star defensive lineman from Leeds High School in the metro Birmingham area, shared via Twitter that he will announce his commitment on November 6. He will choose between Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Alabama.

Arkansas was one of the first to offer Henderson, becoming his 11th offer on January 23. The Arkansas offer came after he attended Junior Day during the same weekend.

Are there any leads as to where Henderson could end up? That part is cloudy as of now. Danny West of HawgSports.com has predicted that Henderson ends up at Arkansas, while Parker Thune of OUInsider predicts that Oklahoma will win the sweepstakes. However, On3’s Recruiting Prediction Machine believes that Auburn is the front runner, with a 33% forecasted chance to earn his commitment.

Arkansas has had recent success recruiting in the state of Alabama. Currently, three members of Arkansas’ 2023 recruiting class hail from Alabama, specifically the metro Birmingham area.

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