Arkansas loses linebacker from recruiting class as Roussaw de-commits

Everett Roussaw Jr. is re-opening his recruiting after committing to Arkansas in January.

Arkansas football’s 2023 recruiting class took its Arkansas loses linebacker from recruiting class as Roussaw de-commitsfirst blow on Tuesday.

Linebacker Everett Roussaw Jr., who in January became the eighth commit of the class, tweeted Tuesday he was de-committing from the Razorbacks.

Roussaw initially committed to the Razorbacks from Cedar Grove High School in Georgia during Arkansas’ Junior Day when he was in Fayetteville for a visit.

The Cedar Grove connection had become major for Arkansas in recent years. Wide receiver Jadon Haselwood went to CGHS and transferred to Arkansas in the winter after spending his first seasons at Oklahoma. Running back Rashod Dubinion, a member of the Hogs’ 2022 class, also played there.

Running backs coach Jimmy Smith was the head coach at Cedar Grove before entering the college ranks in 2018.

Roussaw said he was leaving his options open and would continue to consider Arkansas. He was also being recruited by Mississippi State, Missouri, Louisville, Virginia Tech and others when he committed to the Razorbacks.

Arkansas Football lands two commitments over weekend

Arkansas’ impressive 2023 recruiting class receives a boost thanks to receiving two commits.

This weekend has been a busy one for recruiting, as many of Arkansas’ top targets, as well as commits, visited Fayetteville.

As the weekend drew closer to an end, head coach Sam Pittman received great news in the form of landing two commits for the defensive side of the football.

Three-star defensive back [autotag]RJ Johnson[/autotag], as well as three-star linebacker [autotag]Alex Sanford[/autotag] announced their commitment while on their visit to Arkansas, which adds value to an already impressive 2023 commitment list for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas’ first commitment of the weekend is three-star defensive back RJ Johnson from McDonough, Ga.

Johnson becomes the second prospect from the state of Georgia to commit to Arkansas in a week, following Ian Geffrard’s commitment last Monday.

Johnson is the state of Georgia’s No. 65 ranked prospect, and is the fourth recruit from the state to pledge to Arkansas from the metro Atlanta area, joining Geffrard, quarterback [autotag]Malachi Singleton[/autotag], and linebacker [autotag]Everett Roussaw[/autotag].

Arkansas received more good news on Sunday morning, as linebacker Alex Sanford declared his commitment.

Sanford becomes the first commit from the state of Mississippi to choose Arkansas, and the second linebacker from the cycle to commit to Arkansas. Sanford is a three-star linebacker from Oxford, Miss., standing at 6-3, 240 pounds. He is the No. 63 ranked linebacker in the nation, and the No. 14 overall prospect from Mississippi.

Currently, Arkansas ranks No. 8 in the nation for the 2023 recruiting cycle by 247sports with 17 commitments.

Alabama cornerback lists Arkansas in top-8

Avery Stuart, a four-star defensive back from Alabama, is set to announce his commitment on July 6. Arkansas is among his top schools.

A four-star cornerback from the Yellowhammer State is considering Arkansas as his college destination.

[autotag]Avery Stuart[/autotag], a four-star cornerback from Montgomery, Ala., is closer to announcing his commitment after releasing his top-8 list on Sunday, which features Arkansas.

The Razorbacks are one of five schools from the SEC to offer Stuart, and one of three to make his top-8 list. Arkansas offered Stuart on February 7, but Stuart has not taken an official visit to the school says 247sports.

While there are no sure predictions for Stuart, On3 gives Florida State a 31% chance to land Stuart. Stuart has only taken two official visits, most recently visiting Florida State, as well as Kentucky. Stuart is set to announce his official commitment on July 6.

As it stands, Arkansas currently holds the nations No. 8 recruiting class for the 2023 recruiting cycle with 11 commits, five being four-star rated. If Stuart were to choose Arkansas, he would be the second recruit from Alabama to commit to the class, joining Dallas Young, a three-star defensive back from metro Birmingham.

Stuart is rated as a four-star cornerback by both On3 and 247sports. He is the 22nd ranked corner in the nation, as well as the No. 22 ranked prospect in the state of Alabama.

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Arkansas picks up depth at linebacker with big pick-up this weekend

Arkansas’ newest linebacker commit draws comparisons to Derrick Thomas.

Alex Sanford is what you might call a Beast.

At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Sanford is built like a former SEC linebacker to whom his game is drawing comparisons, too: Derrick Thomas.

Sanford, a Class of 2023 recruit, hopes to bring that sort of game to Arkansas after he committed to the Razorbacks over the weekend. His commitment made him the third linebacker and 16th player overall in Arkansas’ class.

The Razorbacks are building their linebacker depth after losing Grant Morgan, Hayden Henry and Andrew Parker off last year’s roster. Returner Bumper Pool and Alabama Drew Sanders are expected to see 90 percent of the snaps this year as Arkansas will rarely have more than two linebackers on the field at a time.

Sanford, a Mississippi native, chose Arkansas over Ole Miss, Tennessee, Memphis and others. He’s a three-star recruit who had 25 1/2 tackles for loss as a junior last year at Oxford.

“Then the way this defense is set up for me,” he told WholeHogSports. “It’s set up for linebackers to make plays. When you come here you’re going to make plays. You are going to get playing time, so there’s lots you are going to do here. That’s why I’m coming here.”

Ian Geffrard calls the Hogs, commits to Arkansas

Ian Geffrard becomes the 14th commit to the 2023 recruiting class, and the third from the state of Georgia.

The nation’s 9th-ranked recruiting class for the 2023 cycle has grown in the form of an offensive lineman.

[autotag]Ian Geffrard[/autotag], a three-star offensive lineman from Mableton. Ga., announced Monday via Twitter that he has pledged to join Sam Pittman’s squad.

Geffrard’s commitment comes after taking his official visit to Arkansas last weekend. He had also taken an official visit to Auburn earlier in the month.

In an interview with 247sports, Geffard says he enjoyed his visit to Fayetteville.

“I enjoy the location and overall scene, even though it is a little far from home,” said Geffrard. “I didn’t talk much with Coach Adams (the defensive line coach) before my official visit, but I spent a lot more time with him and realized I wanted him to be my coach when I play at the next level.”

When it comes down to what ultimately set Arkansas apart, Geffard says that he likes the culture that Pittman has established, and says that he hopes to help grow the recruiting class.

“After seeing what Coach Pittman has done with the program, and seeing how fired up the current players were about it got me motivated to join and recruit to make the team’s class the best in the country.”

Geffrard is a 6-6, 350 offensive tackle that is rated as a three-star by 247sports. He is the No. 97 prospect from the state of Georgia, and the No. 97 offensive tackle in the nation. Geffrard becomes the 14th prospect from the class of 2023 to commit to Arkansas, and the third from the Peach State, joining quarterback [autotag]Malachi Singleton[/autotag] and defensive back [autotag]Everett Roussaw[/autotag].

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Committed: Christian Ford becomes 13th member of Arkansas’ football class

Arkansas nabbed its second defensive back of the 2023 recruiting class on Sunday.

Christian Ford, a safety from Texas with offers from more than a dozen schools, has made a selection.

Ford became the 13th member of the Arkansas football recruiting class of 2023 on Sunday.

Ford is the second defensive back the Razorbacks have landed in the class, joining cornerback Dallas Young from Alabama. According to a report from HawgBeat, Ford told the staff of his decision on Saturday during his first official visit to the campus.

Arkansas’ class is currently ranked No. 9 in the country for the 2023 group, which is second among SEC teams. It includes five four-star players and is about halfway complete.

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Team led by Arkansas graduate set to purchase Denver Broncos

Rob Walton, part of the Walton-Penner group, has agreed to purchase the NFL franchise for $4.65 billion.

An Arkansas graduate and the heir to the fortune of the world’s largest retailer has agreed to buy the Denver Broncos.

[autotag]Rob Walton[/autotag], a 1966 graduate of the University of Arkansas and the son of the late Sam Walton, the founder of Wal Mart, heads a group that has purchased the Denver Broncos for $4.65 billion dollars, which is the highest that anyone has paid for a professional sports franchise. reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Following the purchase, Walton released a statement regarding the purchase of the NFL franchise:

We are thrilled to be selected to move forward with the purchase of the Denver Broncos! Carrie, Greg and I are inspired by the opportunity to steward this great organization in a vibrant community full of opportunity and passionate fans.

Having lived and worked in Colorado, we’ve always admired the Broncos. Our enthusiasm has only grown as we’ve learned more about the team, staff and Broncos Country over the last few months.

We are excited to announce that Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO of Ariel Investments, has agreed to join our ownership group. Beyond her role at Ariel, Mellody is an influential leader in corporate and civic organizations across the nation.

Mellody currently serves as Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation and is also a director of JPMorgan Chase. We know she will bring her strategic acumen and leadership perspective to our team.

Thank you to Joe Ellis and the staff of the Broncos for the first-class manner in which they have conducted this sale process. In addition, we thank Hogan Lovells for their guidance and support in this effort.

We look forward to earning the confidence and support of the NFL as we take the next step in this process. When the necessary approval procedures are met, our family is excited to share more with Broncos fans, the organization and the community.

According to Broncos Wire, the sale is subject to NFL approval, which could arrive within the next few weeks. Walton will become the team’s new majority owner with Greg and Carrie Penner serving as minority owners.

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KJ Jefferson’s heir apparent? Malachi Singleton is officially elite

Arkansas quarterback commit Malachi Singleton is off to the Elite 11 Finals in Los Angeles.

Arkansas football appears to be set for the next two seasons at quarterback. KJ Jefferson even could garner some dark-horse Heisman Trophy attention if the Razorbacks’ season goes as they hope.

But it’s never too early to consider who might be next.

Right now, Malachi Singleton could be the one.

The Georgia native and Class of 2023 commit was invited to participate in the Elite 11 Finals in Los Angeles this summer. The event, which runs June 28-30, brings in the best amateur quarterbacks in the country for competitive drills, routes and instruction.

Singleton qualified for the event by impressing in the Elite 11 Regional in Nashville. 247Sports’ Cooper Patagna said one of Singleton’s most impressive attributes his skill throwing the deep ball.

“A dynamic runner as well, the Hogs appear to be the perfect fit for Singleton’s skill set at the next level, utilizing him in a similar role as current signal caller KJ Jefferson,” Patagna said.

Singleton is one of 12 commits in Arkansas’ 2023 class, which is ranked No. 7 in the nation.

Arkansas earns commitment from Florida running back

Florida running back Isaiah Augustave committed to Arkansas football’s Class of 2023 earlier this week.

Skill positions have not yet been a priority for Arkansas’ 2023 recruiting class.

But Isaiah Augustave may be changing that.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back from Naples, Florida, committed to the Razorbacks earlier in the week, choosing Arkansas over Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and others.

Augustave ran for 950 yards and 16 touchdowns last year, his junior season. He is a three-star recruit who was on-campus in Fayetteville when he made his commitment public.

Arkansas has the seventh-ranked class in the country with its 12 commits. It’s the highest among all SEC schools. Augustine is just the second skill position player in the class. Quarterback Malachi Singleton from Kennesaw, Georgia, committed in late April.

Drew Sanders named Arkansas’ “key newcomer” from the Transfer Portal

Sanders will be a key addition to the Razorback defense with his incredible pass rush ability, says On3.

Arkansas Football received nine players from the Transfer Portal for the 2022 recruiting cycle, with each athlete adding an individual element that will make the Razorbacks better.

For linebacker [autotag]Drew Sanders[/autotag], his ability to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks’ provides a much-needed boost to the Razorbacks’ defense.

Out of all nine transfers, expect Sanders to be the “key newcomer” says Mike Huguenin of On3.

Huguenin named his picks for the key newcomer from the transfer portal for each program of the SEC West and says that the Alabama transfer barely beat out wide receiver [autotag]Jadon Haselwood[/autotag], a transfer from Oklahoma, for the top spot for the Razorbacks.

WR Jadon Haselwood, a transfer from Oklahoma, is getting a lot of attention, but Sanders’ pass-rush ability could be vital for the Hogs. Both Haselwood and Sanders are former five-star recruits; Haselwood was so-so at OU, while Sanders got squeezed out for playing time with the Tide. Arkansas had 25 sacks last season, but only 13 in the eight SEC games. Revving up that aspect of the defense is a must, and that’s why Sanders’ arrival is so important. Sanders (6-5, 232) has good size, is a solid athlete and holds up nicely against the run.

Sanders played in 12 games for Alabama, starting in three games at the beginning of the 2021 season. In his limited playing time with Alabama, Sanders recorded 24 tackles, with 2.5 for loss. The Denton, Texas native saw action in 11 games during the 2020 season, where he made nine tackles.

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