Arkansas CB commit Tanner McCalister scores game-winning TD after playing more than 140 snaps

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Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a big night for a 2018 commit, an offer to a recent visitor and making the cut for an elite 2019 wide receiver.


Arkansas CB Tanner McCalister commit clinches victory over rival

Arkansas 2018 cornerback commit Tanner McCalister had been on the field for 141 plays last Friday trying to help lift Rockwall (Texas) Heath to a victory over crosstown rival Rockwall (Texas). On play No. 142, he made certain his team would not be losing in regulation.

McCalister, playing running back, caught a pitch from his quarterback at the 6-yard line as time expired with Rockwall Heath trailing 27-21. He had to get into the end zone. His chances didn’t look good when an opposing defensive back met him at the 3-yard line.

But McCalister wouldn’t be denied. He put his head down and drove through the defender, bulldozing his way into the end zone for a game-tying score. The ensuing extra point gave Rockwall Heath a 28-27 victory.

It’s worth noting one of the players he ran by on his way to the end zone was 4-star 2018 linebacker Alston Orji, who Arkansas recruited heavily before he committed to Vanderbilt. Rockwall’s defense has two other seniors committed to FBS schools. So, it’s not as if McCalister was playing against weak competition.

In total, McCalister had 25 carries for 253 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. At cornerback on defense, he added 4 tackles and an interception. He played 73 defensive plays, 57 on offense and another 12 on special teams.

McCalister, a 3-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite rankings, has been nominated for the SportsDayHS Hero of the Week award. You can click here to cast your vote. As of Sunday night, he held a considerable advantage over the other four nominees.

Arkansas offers OL Noah Banks

Iowa Western 2018 offensive line Noah Banks left his official visit to Arkansas with an offer from the Razorbacks.

Banks received the offer Sunday following his weekend stay in Fayetteville. He is a 6-foot-7, 300-pound tackle from Pensacola, Fla. He spent two seasons at Murray State, an FCS school, before transferring to Iowa Western ahead of this season. His others offers include Iowa State, Missouri and Middle Tennessee.

Arkansas has two offensive linemen currently committed in the class — Noah Gatlin and Luke Jones.

2019 WR Marquez Beason puts Arkansas in top 6

Arkansas is remaining in the mix for one of the top 2019 wide receivers in the country. Marquez Beason of Bishop Dunne (Dallas) recently listed the Hogs along with Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington as his top six choices. Beason is a 4-star prospect and the No. 104 overall recruit in his class.

Through two games as a junior this season, Beason had 11 catches for 238 yards and 4 touchdowns. He scored all 4 touchdowns in a 34-33 overtime victory at Fayetteville (Ark.) earlier this month.

Beason has previously visited Arkansas with Bishop Dunne teammate Brian Williams, a 5-star 2019 safety. Williams, who also has the Hogs in his top six, is the younger brother of former Arkansas running back Rawleigh Williams III.


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