said the stadium and academic center stood out during his two-day visit. His mother is big on academics and was also was impressed with the Jones center.
He was able to meet Hog commit Bumper Pool and freshman CB Chevin Calloway and they both spoke well of Arkansas.
He said he plans to announce a top three soon and Arkansas will make the list. He plans to make his decision before the start of the season.
Arkansas Razorbacks running backs coach Reggie Mitchell is getting help from an Arkansas baseball signee in the recruitment of defensive back Tanner McCalister.
McCalister, 6-0, 185, of Rockwall, (Texas) Rockwall-Heath, has scholarship offers from Arkansas, Mississippi State, Missouri, Virginia, Oklahoma State, TCU, Washington State and others. The Hogs offered him on May 1.
Razorbacks baseball signee Canaan Smith, who also attends Rockwall-Heath, has spoken well of the Hogs.
“I never would’ve thought I would’ve received an offer from there,” McCalister said. “With them just being in the SEC, that’s obviously going to put them up there on my list with Mississippi State and Missouri.”
McCalister said he has a high level of interest and has plans to visit Fayetteville with his mother in the near future.
“I want to take a visit down there and see how I would feel going to school there and see how the environment is and how the coaches treat me,” McCalister said.
McCalister, who ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, at a TCU camp last summer, also participates in track. He runs 100-meter legs on three of his school’s relay teams: the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400. He has a best of 22 feet, 4 inches in the long jump.
Rockwall-Heath Coach Mickey Moss, a Southern Arkansas graduate who coached at Magnolia and Hamburg before moving to Texas, said college coaches like McCalister’s versatility.
“They like that he’s physical enough that they think he could be safety or corner for them,” Moss said. “We’re going to move him from corner to safety next year so he can be a greater impact on the running game.”
McCalister, who has a 38-inch vertical jump, would be a valuable asset against spread teams.
“If they want to do a lot of man coverage they’ll be able to get good matchups with him on the inside receivers,” Moss said. “That’s a pretty good thing to have for a safety.”
McCalister said he had a 3.4 core grade point average going into the spring semester, but that should go up.
“This year all my final grades are straight A’s,” he said. “I haven’t had that in high school, so who knows what my GPA will be? I’m sure my GPA will go up after my junior year.”