Arkansas Offers West Rusk’s Tyree Wilson
It hasn't taken the new coaching staff at Arkansas very long to target the East Texas 2018 recruiting class.
Less than one week after former SMU head coach Chad Morris took over the Razorbacks program, a senior recruit has become the first from the area to be offered by the Arkansas regime.
West Rusk defensive end and Texas A&M commit Tyree Wilson reported via Twitter on Wednesday of an Arkansas offer.
Wilson (6-5, 225), originally at Washington State pledge, has been committed to the Aggies since June 19. He took his official visit to College Station last weekend, and told ETSN.fm he plans on visiting Arkansas soon.
Morris, a Texas native and former high school coach in the Lone Star State, spent the previous three seasons at SMU. He inherited a program that finished 1-11 in 2014, and guided the Mustangs to a 7-5 record this year and their first bowl-game appearance since 2012.
Before SMU, Morris served as the offensive coordinator at Tulsa (2010) and Clemson (2011-13). His high school coaching career in Texas included stops at Eustace (1994-97), Elysian Fields (1998-99), Bay City (2000-02), Stephenville (2003-07), and Lake Travis (2008-09).
Arkansas has had modest success recruiting East Texas in recent years, but that is expected to increase with Morris in Fayetteville.
It has been reported that ex-Gilmer High School head coach and Texas and SMU assistant Jeff Traylor will join Morris' staff at Arkansas. Traylor was hired by Morris before the 2017 season to serve as running backs coach and associate head coach after Charlie Strong's departure from Texas.
Arkansas has signed just two East Texas products since 2013 -- former Newton defensive back D.J. Dean and ex-Marshall defensive back Micahh Smith.
The Razorbacks were 4-8 in 2017, the last of five seasons at Arkansas for head coach Bret Bielema.
Wilson was the catalyst for a West Rusk defense that was among the best in East Texas in 2017. The Raiders shut out six opponents and finished 10-2, falling to Newton in the regional semifinals.
Wilson ended the year with 126 tackles, an East Texas-leading 38 for loss, with five sacks, five forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries.
Like all seniors, Wilson s first eligible to sign with any program that offers him during the 72-hour early signing period from Dec. 20-22. Or he may sign on National Signing Day, which is scheduled for Feb. 7, 2018.
2018 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Tre Allison, John Tyler, OLB, 6-2, 211 — committed to Syracuse; additional offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, SMU, Texas State, Tulane, ULL (8)
- Chance Amie, Tyler Lee, QB, 6-3, 190 — committed to Houston; additional offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State, Illinois, Iowa State, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Texas, Rutgers, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Tulane, ULL, Virginia (19)
- Xavier Benson, Pleasant Grove, LB, 6-3, 200 — committed to Texas Tech; additional offers from Arkansas State, Army, Memphis, North Texas, Rice, SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, Tulane, ULL, ULM, Wyoming (13)
- Hunter Brabham, Hughes Springs, DE, 6-3, 235 — offer from Army (1)
- Drake Centers, Tatum, OL, 6-3, 296 — offers from SMU, Southern Miss, Texas State, ULM (4)
- Kylar Cooks, Liberty-Eylau, OL, 6-5, 252 — committed to Texas State; additional offers from Arkansas State, North Texas, ULL (4)
- Jeremiah Davis, Lufkin, CB, 5-10, 194 — offer from ULL (1)
- Kris Dike, Van, OL, 6-6, 283 — committed to TCU; additional offers from Colorado, Houston, Memphis, North Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU, Tulane (8)
- Dekalen Goodson, John Tyler, DE/OLB, 6-2, 209 — committed to Houston; additional offers from Mississippi State, SMU, Texas State, Tulane, ULL (6)
- Trae Hall, Henderson, QB/ATH, 6-3, 185 — offers from Florida Atlantic, New Mexico State, Tulane, ULL, ULM (5)
- Conner Henson, Harmony, OL, 6-3, 243 — offers from ULL, ULM (2)
- Chasen Hines, Marshall, OL/DL, 6-3, 353 — committed to LSU; additional offers from Arizona, Baylor, Florida, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Rice, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech (17)
- Tevailance Hunt, Texas High, WR, 6-2, 180 — committed to TCU; additional offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Houston, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Memphis, Nevada, North Texas, Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, Tulsa (17)
- Dewaylon Ingram, Carthage, WR, 6-0, 160 — offer from Arkansas State (1)
- Keaontay Ingram, Carthage, RB, 6-0, 198 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, UTSA (28)
- Malik Jackson, Lufkin, WR, 5-8, 163 — offers from Arkansas State, Houston, Texas State, Tulane (4)
- Chris Kessler, Longview, K/P, 5-9, 150 — committed to Texas State; additional offer from Army (2)
- Kameron King, Marshall, OL, 6-2, 275 — committed to Southern Miss; additional offers from Memphis, North Texas, Tulane, ULM, UTSA (6)
- Trevor Lawrence, Whitehouse, DE, 6-4, 245 — offers from Texas State, ULM (2)
- DeMarvion Overshown, Arp, S, 6-4, 196 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Stanford, TCU, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, UTSA (30)
- Leonard Parks, Texas High, DE, 6-5, 230 — committed to SMU; additional offer from ULM (2)
- Michael Sanchez, Gladewater, TE/OL, 6-5, 327 — offer from Houston (1)
- Jonathan Shepherd, Kilgore, WR, 6-3, 196 — committed to Oklahoma State; additional offers from Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Houston, Kansas State, ULM, Missouri, New Mexico, Memphis, North Texas, Oregon State, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas State, Texas Tech (15)
- Marje Smith, Marshall, DE, 6-6, 210 — committed to Baylor (1)
- DaRyan Williams, Nacogdoches, S, 5-10,199 — offers from Texas State, Tulane (2)
- Tyree Wilson, West Rusk, DE, 6-5, 225 — committed to Texas A&M; additional offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Memphis, Mississippi State, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas State, Tulane, ULL, ULM, Washington State, Wyoming (20)
- Kenneth Woods, Brownsboro, LB, 6-1, 209 — offer from Southern Miss (1)