Three recruits impressed by weekend visits

Posted: November 7, 2017 at 2:47 a.m.

Recruit Gerry Bohanon before the Arkansas vs Coastal Carolina game Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.

The Arkansas Razorbacks hosted one football commitment on an official visit and two other prospects they hope to see on the commitment list in the future.

Earle quarterback Gerry Bohanon and his mother arrived in Fayetteville on Friday and left about noon Sunday.

"My visit went really good," Bohanon said. "I enjoyed every bit of it."

His mother had a good time, including the Coastal Carolina game Saturday afternoon.

"I was peeking back at her during the game and looking at her when I wasn't really around her, and she seemed like she was really feeling it," Bohanon said. "That's a really good sign."

Bohanon, 6-4, 215 pounds, announced in May he was focusing on the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Mississippi State, Louisville, Ole Miss, Baylor and Georgia, but he recently said he's open to other schools.

He and freshman receiver Koilan Jackson have known one another for a while and were reunited during the visit while Jackson was his host.

"My first time meeting him, we bonded right then," Bohanon said. "We just kept it going, kept in contact, and we're always talking. I'm wishing him good luck on recovering. We have a good relationship."

He said the Razorback fans made him feel at home.

"Taking pictures with the kids, people that just knew me and calling my name, it made me feel like I was kind of important," Bohanon said.

Bohanon, who ESPN rates the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 122 overall prospect, has completed 77 of 121 passes for 1,829 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 904 yards and 13 touchdowns on 55 carries this season.

The Hogs have a commitment from quarterback Connor Noland of Greenwood, but they hope Bohanon becomes a Razorback, too.

"They want both of us because they want to run some new things," Bohanon said. "They want me to come in and be a quarterback, too."

Bohanon, who has unofficially visited LSU, Baylor and Louisville, plans to visit LSU this Saturday for the Arkansas game.

"I know I'll probably [officially] visit Baylor, LSU, and I don't know the other two," he said.

New possibilities

Florida offensive line commitment Curtis Dunlap Jr. had his eyes opened to other possibilities after officially visiting the Hogs over the weekend.

"It showed me like there's other places where I can go that can give me the same home feeling," Dunlap said. "It doesn't have to be right at the back door."

Dunlap, 6-5, 363, of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., has more than 40 scholarship offers from schools such as Arkansas, Oregon, Florida, Mississippi State, Florida State, Georgia and others.

He called the visit to Fayetteville "amazing."

"These guys showed me the true meaning of family," he said. "This is a family-oriented place. I like it a lot. They have a lot of respect for each other in their building'"

Dunlap, who plans to graduate in December and enroll at his new school in January, said Florida, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Oregon are the main schools vying for his signature.

ESPN rates Dunlap a four-star prospect, No. 7 offensive guard and No. 123 overall prospect. His host for the trip was Razorback freshman running back Maleek Williams, a Florida native.

Return trip

Razorbacks cornerback commitment Byron Hanspard, 6-1, 188, 4.44 in the 40-yard dash, of Desoto, Texas, made his third visit to Fayetteville over the weekend, and it was the second visit for his parents.

He made an unofficial visit to Fayetteville for last year's Florida game without his parents. His father, Byron Sr., and mother, Yolanda, visited with Hanspard in the spring and made this weekend's official visit.

His parents were on board with his decision after visiting the Hogs in the spring, and the latest trip did nothing to change their minds.

"Their impressions have been shocking," he said. "Just as far as the first time they came. Then I brought them a second time and it was the same way. It was even better this time. They said, 'Now I see what you are talking about. Now I see the opportunity base and what they meant by saying success is in the near future. Not trying to just feed you what you want to hear and feed you some sweets and goods. They are just feeding you the reality of what's to come.' "

Email Richard Davenport at rdavenport@arkansasonline.com

Sports on 11/07/2017