Top Defensive Recruit Turns Down Arkansas Commitment After Defeat

Martavius French, an inside linebacker from Memphis, Tennessee, withdrew his commitment to the Razorbacks after their crushing 51-10 defeat at the hands of Auburn.

The Arkansas Razorbacks’ defense suffered a big loss Sunday when one of its top prospects announced his return to open recruitment.

Martavius French, who plays for Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tennessee, is the No. 10 player in Tennessee and the No. 15 inside linebacker in his class. He committed to the Razorbacks on July 23but announced his decommitment on Twitter on Oct. 20.

The Razorbacks head coach Chad Morris’ recruiting class was a top-40 class in the nation prior to French’s decommitment, according to 247Sports. It has now dropped to No. 58 in the Rivals recruiting rankings.

French’s decision comes after he visited Arkansas and watched the Razorbacks lose to the Auburn Tigers, 51-10 on Saturday.

The Razorbacks have struggled this season, with the loss to Auburn bringing them to 2-5, and suffering a loss earlier in the year to San Jose State as 20-point favorites.

Two weeks before announcing his decommitting to Arkansas, French visited Tennessee’s campus in his home state. He and two of his high school teammates, Bryson Eason and Tamarion McDonald, who both joined French in Fayetteville on Saturday, are being heavily recruited by the Volunteers, according to Tom Kreager of Commercial Appeal.

The three recruits are scheduled to visit Mississippi State, where McDonald has verbally committed, and possibly Memphis later this season.

With French’s departure, Arkansas has now seen 11 of its 2019 and 2020 recruits decommit from the program, according to 247Sports.

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