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North Little Rock's Quincy Rhodes Jr signs with Arkansas despite late push from Oklahoma

Arkansas also inked Bentonville 3-star offensive lineman Joey Su'a Monday

By Kyle Sutherland  

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas football had a successful start to the early signing period, securing 19 of its 20 commits for the 2023 class to finish at No. 22 in the 247 Sports rankings.

Headlining the day for in-state prospects was North Little Rock defensive lineman Quincy Rhodes Jr. The four-star prospect is the 36th-ranked edge rusher in the nation and No. 2 overall player in Arkansas. He competed in last weekend’s U.S. Army Bowl, the All-American showcase in Frisco, Texas, after capping his senior season with 84 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 34 quarterback hurries, and a fumble recovery.

Rhodes committed to Arkansas on Feb. 15 but offers from multiple Power Five schools - Oklahoma, in particular - had many Razorback fans concerned that he might flip. Rhodes entertained the offer from the Sooners and despite one of his one of his main recruiters, Dowell Loggains, leaving to take the offensive coordinator position at South Carolina, he ultimately knew Fayetteville is where he felt at home based on the bonds he has built.

“The way I do things a lot of times, everything revolves around relationships,” Rhodes said. “I feel as if it (Oklahoma) was a late opportunity, good school, but I wanted the relationship to build before I did anything else and I felt like I had that with Arkansas already.”

Defensive line coach Deke Adams, Rhodes' other main recruiter, expects to be back for his second year with the Hogs, but a new face will be leading the defense after Travis Williams was officially hired from Central Florida earlier this week.

He has not had much of an opportunity to get to know him yet, but Rhodes is excited about playing under Williams from what he has heard up to this point.

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“I do not know too much about him, but I do know that he is a fun coach, real young,” Rhodes said. “I think they run like a 4-3 defense, and he has been really productive over the years he has been coaching.”

Williams and Rhodes have yet to meet, but Adams and Rhodes have become very familiar with each other on a consistent basis.

“He definitely would not leave me alone,” Rhodes said with a laugh. “He calls my phone every day, but I just know it is part of the process.”

Rhodes transferred to Jacksonville after spending his freshman season at North Little Rock, but then returned to NLR in January of 2021 as a junior. Though he only had him on varsity for one season, Charging Wildcats head coach Randy Sandefur mentioned that Rhodes made an impact on the team in more ways than one.

“Everything that Quincy is receiving, he deserves it,” Sandefur said. “When we got him in the weight room his junior year it took him a little while to get up to speed. Nothing against where he was, but I really thought he came on during the summer. Throughout the season, I could really see him getting better and better. I think when he gets up on The Hill they are going to put that weight room on him more than we did.

“The upside for Quincy is enormous. It would not shock me to see him playing on Sundays.”

Bentonville offensive lineman Joey Su’a also signed with Arkansas, though he had his ceremony on Monday afternoon. The three-star prospect started two seasons for the Tigers after moving to Northwest Arkansas prior to his junior year. He led Bentonville to the 7A state finals earlier this month.

The only commit who did not sign with the Razorbacks on Wednesday was Ashdown four-star tight end Shamar Easter, the top-ranked player in Arkansas and 168th-best (per 247 Sports composite rankings) in the country. Easter was the first commit for the 2023 class and it appears he will wait until the late signing period on February 2 following an official visit to South Carolina last weekend.