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UA Football: 3 impact freshmen

Brooks Ellis is capable of helping Arkansas this fall.

Arkansas signed five recruits from junior college and expect all five to be immediate contributors, but Coach Bret Bielema will likely have to have some help from some high school players as well.

The Razorbacks currently have 15 commitments counting the junior college players. Here is a look at three high school commits who should have an instant impact at Arkansas in the fall:

Hunter Henry, TE, Pulaski Academy
A 4-star tight end who has a grade of 94 with 247Sports. He's committed to Arkansas, but has taken an official visit to Alabama. Dad, Mark, is a former Razorback offensive lineman and four-year letterman. The young Henry caught 107 passes this season for 1,449 yards and 15 touchdowns. Helped the Bruins win a state championship as a junior. Arkansas lost senior Chris Gragg off last year's team and will return Austin Tate who will be a senior in the fall. Henry would provide many of the things that Gragg did when healthy. Henry is an outstanding receiving threat who should thrive in Bielema's offense. Henry is rated the No. 106 player in the nation by 247Sports who also rates him the No. 4 tight end and No. 2 recruit in Arkansas.

Brooks Ellis, LB, Fayetteville
A 3-star recruit with a grade of 89 by 247Sports. Just shy of being a 4-star. Despite Arkansas signing two junior college linebackers and returning two freshmen who started late in the season, Ellis still has an outstanding chance to play. Why? Because he's too good not to play. As a senior he missed some games due to injury, but still managed 120 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks, two quarterback hurries, three caused fumbles and one fumble recovery. Ellis can make tackles from sideline to sideline and is an outstanding tackler. Helped Bulldogs win a state championship in Arkansas' largest classification the past two years. Ellis is rated the No. 24 inside linebacker by 247Sports and the No. 4 recruit in the state.

Khari Harding, S, Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe
Harding is also a 3-star recruit with a grade of 89 by 247Sports. Harding had an outstanding senior year and is now drawing plenty of recruiting attention. Arkansas is currently leading Auburn and Arizona State for this standout. As a senior, he had 101 tackles, four tackles for loss, three interceptions, four pass breakups, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble. Harding is planning to take some visits once the dead period ends. One will be to Arkansas and the others to Arizona State and Auburn as of right now. Harding has an excellent shot at early playing time at the UA as does 3-star Tiquention Coleman who signed earlier this month. Harding is rated the nation's No. 25 safety by 247Sports who also rates him the No. 3 recruit in the Sooner State.

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