Arkansas expects to excel at the tight end
By the time NCAA football’s early signing period began in December 2017, the traditional signing day, the first Wednesday in February, had become fairly uneventful.
While the University of Arkansas expects to sign consensus 4-star tight end Shamar Easter Wednesday, the Hogs inked 19 high school prospects during the early signing Dec. 21-23. He will send his national memorandum of understanding to Arkansas this morning.
The vast majority of prospects nationally chose the December ink.
Only four of on3.com’s top 150 prospects in the US have yet to sign.
Arkansas enrolled 10 midterm grant transfers and one Walkon transfer in early January.
Easter, 6-5, 225 pounds, was the first promise for the Hogs in the Class of 2023 when he joined the Razorbacks on August 23, 2021 via offers from Auburn, Tenn., Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Florida State, Michigan, Committed State, Arizona State, Kansas and others.
He was supposed to sign with the Razorbacks during the early signing phase, but his lead recruiter, former Arkansas tight ends coach Dowell Loggains, was named offensive coordinator for South Carolina on December 13.
Easter paid an official visit to Gamecocks on December 17 and 18, and later announced he plans to sign on February 1 after paying an unofficial visit to Fayetteville on January 15 “with the pigs.”
He was due to hold a signing ceremony at the school today but postponed it to Thursday due to bad weather.
Prior to the early signing phase, signing day in February was action-packed and often very exciting as recruits made last-minute commitments while other prospects might pass their commitments on to another school and inked with that school.
The early signing period has made February’s signing day almost an afterthought, with the vast majority of prospects opting for the December ink.
Arkansas’ underwriting class ranks 21st nationally, according to Rivals.com, while the other three major services have the class 22nd. All services are class #9 in the SEC.