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Closer look at Arkansas's 2021 QB offers

Marcus High School (Flower Mound, Texas) quarterback Garrett Nussmeier.
Marcus High School (Flower Mound, Texas) quarterback Garrett Nussmeier. (Sam Spiegelman)

Of the more than 245 2021 offers out from Arkansas, 12 of them have gone to 2021 quarterbacks in three different states. Kendal Briles has offered prospects from Arkansas, Texas, California and Georgia in pursuit of (most likely) two quarterback commits.

Nine of 14 SEC programs now have 2021 quarterbacks committed: Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU, Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Texas A&M and Mississippi State (2).

Here's a closer look at the quarterbacks Arkansas has offered and their recruitment:

2021 QB ROOM

- Feleipe Franks (could receive medical redshirt for 2019 season and return)
- John Stephen Jones
- KJ Jefferson
- Malik Hornsby
- Landon Rogers

Arkansas Commits (1)

Landon Rogers received his Arkansas offer on April 16 and pulled the trigger on the same day. He picked Arkansas over offers from Kansas, Houston, ULM, ULL, Pine Bluff, Murray State and more. The 3-star pro-style quarterback is the No.4 ranked player in the state and he put up 1,661 yards and 19 touchdowns with just two interceptions in his junior season. He went 99 for 182, a 54.3% completion rate. He's not listed as a dual-threat but he certainly can use his legs. Rogers also added 584 yards on 93 rushes with 10 touchdowns.

Available (1)

Cornerstone Christian standout Lucas Coley picked up 27 Division-I offers before his first Power 5 offer finally came in from the Razorbacks in mid-April. Coley has visited Arkansas twice before and raved about the experience, environment and the fan base.

As an early enrollee hopeful, the Texas native is trying to get his recruitment sorted out before his senior season. He planned a decision for May 5 but decided to postpone as more offers pop up like Washington State, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and even interest from Clemson.

He said Arkansas would likely be his first stop when unofficial visits are permitted again by the NCAA, so it seems like the Razorbacks could have their (second) guy. As of April 27, I have a FutureCast pick in for Coley to the Hogs.

Committed Elsewhere/Unlikely (8)

Passing for nearly 2,700 yards as a junior and scoring 30+ touchdowns, Jalen Milroe has separated himself as one of the top passers coming out the Lone Star State in 2021. The Longhorns certainly weren't sleeping on him; Milroe committed to Texas in July before he went on to put up those big numbers for Tompkins High. Milroe holds 20 offers.

Colten Gauthier is one of the larger quarterbacks Arkansas offered but he didn't quite fit the dual-threat mold that Briles is looking for. Gauthier was proactive in his recruitment, visiting several programs after being offered. South Carolina held the early FutureCasts for Gauthier and he pulled the trigger on the offer on March 18.

Lubbock, Texas 3-star pro-style quarterback Sawyer Robertson was QB offer No.9 for Kendal Briles and the sixth in Texas. Robertson, at 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, threw for 3950 yards in his junior season with 50 touchdowns and a 63% completion rating. His performances have earned him offers from 16 DI programs including Texas, Florida State, Mississippi State and more. A dual-sport athlete, Robertson committed to the Miss State Bulldogs for both baseball and football on March 31.

Mission Viejo pro-style quarterback Peter Costelli was offered by Arkansas mid-way through January but he already explored programs on the West Coast like Utah, Oregon and Stanford. He's also camped at LSU and visited Nebraska several times. Costelli pledged himself to Utah on April 11.

Houston junior Kyron Drones put up over 3,400 yards passing and 820 yards rushing for more than 60 touchdowns this season. Drones' big early offers included Arkansas, Missouri, Baylor, Houston and others. He then added Auburn and Ole Miss. Drones had wanted to visit Arkansas this April but the dead period ruined those plans. He committed to Baylor on April 29.

Garrett is the son of Doug Nussmeier, current QB coach for the Dallas Cowboys with previous stops at Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Washington. Among Nussmeier's 20+ offers are LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri and other SEC programs. With a 66.8% completion rate, Nussmeier racked up 3,788 yards as a junior with 38 passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Nussmeier picked LSU on May 4.

After trending towards Baylor and Arkansas for a few months, Cedar Hill dual-threat Kaidon Salter chose to commit to the Tennessee Vols. The Vols got his final visit before the shutdown and Salter pulled the trigger on May 10.

Arkansas had been recruiting Rivals250 5-star pro-style quarterback Aaron McLaughlin hard under Chad Morris and he visited campus twice. The Georgia native ultimately committed to Auburn (with a former Arkansas WR commit) but he reopened his recruitment at the beginning of February to reconsider his options after the departure of Auburn OC Kenny Dillingham. McLaughlin committed to NC State on May 14.

The Razorbacks were recruiting North Shore quarterback Dematrius Davis under Chad Morris but the 4-star committed to Justin Fuente and Virginia Tech early. Davis decommitted from Virginia Tech on May 6 and began immediately trending towards Auburn. Davis had a better season in 2018 but still threw for almost 2,300 yards and added another 1,100 on his feet with 51 touchdowns on the season.

Briles offered one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the nation on January 7, 4-star California QB Miller Moss. Moss has over 20 Division-I offers and has spent most of his recruitment so far visiting schools close to home. He's visited Cal, USC, UCLA and Stanford, cut a list of his top seven in July (Cal, UCLA, Georgia, Alabama, USC, Yale, Michigan) and then top four in April of Alabama, LSU, USC and UCLA. With a 67.4% completion rate, Moss threw for 3,118 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.