Arkansas football freshmen to watch: Isaiah Sategna, E’Marion Harris

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arkansas soccer The 2022 recruiting class was the highest ranked since 2015. With an overall ranking of No. 22 and seven four-star prospects, the coach by Sam Pittman last class came with a lot of hype.

Now, these prospects are gearing up for their first season in Arkansas uniforms. Of the more than 30 freshmen on the 2022 roster, a handful have made an impression in preseason practices and stand a chance of impacting freshmen.

Here’s a look at five new Razorbacks to watch for in 2022.

LB Jordan Crook

Height: 6 feet

Lester: 227 pounds

Hometown: Duncanville, TX

What there is to know: Arkansas’ top linebackers return to Bumper Pool’s top players and Alabama transfer Drew Sanders. But behind them, don’t count on Crook. The “high-energy” player is a viable option as the Razorbacks’ third linebacker. Linebackers coach Michael Scherer said he’s been working with Crook to shake bad habits and learn defense, but he expects big things from the former three-star.

“We’re going to need Jordan Crook in a lot of different situations, and he’s ready for that,” Scherer said. “You’ll see a lot of Jordan Crook this year, there’s no doubt about that.”

DL Nico Davillier

Height: 6-4

Lester: 240

Hometown: Mammal

What there is to know: Pittman said after Arkansas’ first scrum the defensive lineman would play this season instead of the redshirt. With inside lineman Cam Ball out with an injury, Davillier moved inside, but Pittman said he could play anywhere. Defensive line coach Deke Adams praised the former three-star’s physicality and ability to get to the ball.

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“You don’t find a lot of guys that big that are that athletic at his age,” Pittman said. “I’m really high on him. I think he’s going to be really good for us.”

OL E’Marion Harris

Height: 6-7

Lester: 362

Hometown: small stone

What there is to know: The second-highest-rated recruit in Arkansas’ Class of 2022, Harris is a big lineman who Kennedy says can play guard or tackle. His listed weight is over 360 pounds, but Kennedy said he’s worked his way down to around 330. Harris is fighting for a spot on the depth chart with an offensive line that has fired all but one of the starters from last season. Harris’ versatility helps in that regard, Kennedy said.

“He’s a big, powerful kid,” Kennedy said. “We flexed him at guard, but man, he’s also athletic enough to flex to tackle.”

OLPatrick Kutas

Height: 6-5

Lester: 305

Hometown: Memphis, TN

What there is to know: Kutas played just about every point on the offensive line in preseason practice thanks to minor injuries in the squad. Pittman said if he had to pick a spot for Kutas, he would be at left guard battling redshirted rookie Jalen St. John. He has also been getting work at the center lately.

“I always thought (the center would be) a great place to play one of your best young kids, because he has to learn the game there,” Pittman said. “He’s done a really good job. He’s also starting in some special teams for us. We’re going to take him on the trip and we expect him to be in the 2-deep at some point.”

WR Isaiah Sategna

Height: 5-11

Lester: 173

Hometown: Fayetteville

What there is to know: What Sategna lacks in height, he makes up for in speed and ball skill. The top-rated recruit in Arkansas’ Class of 2022, Sategna has impressed in practice. Although older players such as Oklahoma trade Jadon Haselwood, returner Warren Thompson and sophomore Ketron Jackson Jr. will lead the way at receiver, Sategna has an opportunity to step into the mix. He’s also up for kickoff and punt return duties, Pittman said.

“If you’re not the biggest, you have to have special skills, and he has them,” Pittman said. “He can split. Really good hands. … I like him a lot. When he runs next to people, I like him a bit more. He has super speed.”

Christina Long covers the Arkansas Razorbacks for the Southwest Times Record and USA Today Network. You can follow her on Twitter @christinalong00 or email him at [email protected]

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