January 30, 2023

Arkansas soccer coach Sam Pittman and his staff are heading out today, the first day of the contact period, which runs through December 17.

Pittman and defensive line coach Deke Adams are scheduled to visit North Little Rock at 8:30 a.m. to watch the defensive line signing of Quincy Rhodes, who stands 6-7 and weighs 260 pounds.

Pittman and Adams are also expected to attend Mills High School to review junior goal Charleston Collins. On3.com rates Collins (6-4, 264) as a 4-star prospect and the nation’s #10 defender for the Class of 2024.

Pittman and Adams are expected to visit Bryant to see junior defensive line goal TJ Lindsey (6-4, 260).

Lindsey and the Hornets play for the Class 7A state championship Friday night in Bentonville. Bentonville’s roster includes Joey Su’a (6-4, 319) for the Arkansas offensive line. Adams and offensive line coach Cody Kennedy are expected to attend the game.

Pittman and tight ends coach Dowell Loggains are scheduled to attend the Shamar Easter tight end commitment Friday at Ashdown.

Linebacker signing Alex Sanford (6-3, 240) of Oxford, Miss., expects linebacker coach Michael Scherer to visit his school Friday. Scherer and Pittman will return for a home visit next Thursday.

Scherer is also expected to visit Valley View High School in Jonesboro to review 2024 linebacker target Brian Huff. Huff (6-3, 228) has offers from Arkansas, LSU, Missouri and others.

Signing linebacker Carson Dean (6-3, 232) of Carrollton, Texas Hebron is expecting a home game Sunday from Pittman, Scherer and defensive coordinator Barry Odom.

Scherer is scheduled to visit the school’s 4-star linebacker target of 2024, Melvin Laster, on Monday. Liberty (Mo.) North’s Laster (6-3, 242) has visited Fayetteville four times since the summer of 2021.

Class of 2024 4-star linebacker Payton Pierce (6-2, 220) of Lucas (Texas) Lovejoy expects Scherer and Odom to visit his school Tuesday.

Scherer and Pittman are both expected to see Brad Spence’s (6-3, 232) linebacker signing Wednesday at Klein Forest in Houston.

Cornerback engagement Jaylon Braxton said he expects Pittman, Odom and cornerbacks coach Dominique Bowman to make a home visit Sunday. Braxton (6-0, 175) of Frisco (Texas) Lone Star is a consensus 4-star recruit.

Pittman, Odom and Bowman are also expected to play a home game Sunday with Christian Ford (6-0, 187) of McKinney, Texas on defense.

Safety committer TJ Metcalf (6-1, 188) of Pinson, Ala. Valley is scheduled to receive Pittman, Odom and Bowman for a home visit Monday.

Pittman and Bowman are expected to play a home game with RJ Johnson at defense on Tuesday. Johnson (6-2, 200) of Atlanta’s Eagle’s Landing Christian had 54 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 2 interceptions on defense as a senior, along with 32 catches for 486 yards and 5 touchdowns on offense.

Loggains is expected to attend the Oklahoma Class 6A-I state title game to see how Bixby’s Luke Hasz (6-3, 221) and safety engagement Dylan Hasz (6-0, 180) take on Owasso on Friday.

Adams is scheduled to attend Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Ga., on Wednesday to watch Ian Geffrard (6-6, 365) in defensive tackle.

Adams and Pittman are scheduled to have a home visit on December 7 with Stephen Johnson’s defensive tackle commitment. Johnson (6-4, 320) of Fayetteville (Ga.) Whitewater had 88 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 4 sacks this season.

Running backs coach Jimmy Smith is expected to visit Benton to review running back junior goal Braylen Russell (6-2, 230) on Friday. He committed to Arkansas ahead of the Mississippi State Game in 2021 but reopened his enlistment in October.

Smith is expected to see Isaiah Augustave’s running back signing on Monday. Two recruitment services rate Augustave (6-2, 200) from Naples, Florida as a 4 star prospect.

Smith is expected to see several other Class 2024 and Class 2025 prospects over the next week.

East St. Louis offensive lineman and Arkansas signing Paris Patterson (6-5, 340) expects Pittman and Kennedy to make a home visit to his family Sunday.

Offensive coordinator Kendal Briles is scheduled to visit Allen (Texas) High School on Friday to watch junior quarterback target Michael Hawkins and Vom Mitchell as a sophomore.

Hawkins (6-2, 185) is an ESPN 4-star recruit who has offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Alabama, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech.

Mitchell, ranked #1 in the nation for the Class of 2025 by a recruiting service, has offers from Arkansas, Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Florida State, Missouri, and Colorado others.

Hawkins and Mitchell have visited Fayetteville four times since the summer, including for the LSU and Ole Miss games in November.

Briles is also expected to host former Texas A&M-Commerce receiver Andrew Armstrong, who plans to pay an official visit to Arkansas December 9-11. Armstrong (6-6, 189) hails from Dallas, where he played at Bishop Dunne High School.

Armstrong has had offers from Arkansas, Miami, Wisconsin, Utah, North Carolina State, Missouri, Kansas, Purdue, Indiana and Washington State since announcing plans to join the NCAA’s transfer portal.

Briles and Pittman are expected to make a home visit on Dec. 6 to sign Malachi Singleton and his family as quarterback. Singleton (6-1, 225) of Kennesaw, Ga., North Cobb will be making an official visit to Fayetteville this weekend.

Special teams coordinator Scott Fountain, who recruits Alabama, is expected to see Metcalf, cornerback signing Dallas Young (6-1, 185) of Gardendale, Alabama, and receiver promise Davion Dozier (6-4, 180) of Moody, Ala. , on Friday.

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