Arkansas Gains Three More Verbal Commitments


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas hosted four prospects during the final weekend of official visits before Wednesday’s national signing day.

Three of them made verbal commitments to the Razorbacks on Sunday.

Osceola High athlete Korliss Marshall, Bellaire (Texas) High running back Denzell Evans, and South Oak Cliff (Texas) High wide receiver Melvinson Hartfield announced their intentions to sign with Arkansas. The trio gives Arkansas 15 verbal commitments. The Razorbacks already have signed five junior college players.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Evans is rated as a three-star prospect on a five-star scale by Scout.com and Rivals.com. He had been committed to Houston before changing his plans Sunday. Evans should get an opportunity for playing time in an Arkansas backfield trying to replace Knile Davis, Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo.

Hartfield was verbally committed to Kansas State, but changed his mind after the weekend visit as well. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound receiver is rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and a three-star player by Scout.com. Receivers coach Michael Smith, who left Kansas State for Arkansas, recruited Hartfield.

Marshall is an in-state prospect who played running back in high school, but is projected to line up at safety for the Razorbacks according to Hawgs Illustrated. The 6-foot, 185-pound Marshall is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com.

Arkansas will find out if it can add a high-profile player to its class tonight, when South Plantation (Fla.) High running back Alex Collins announces his plans. Collins – who is rated as a five-star prospect by Scout.com and four-star prospect by Rivals.com – is considering Arkansas, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Wisconsin.

— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau