Arkansas landed a commitment Sunday from a former No. 1 wide receiver recruit, Oklahoma junior Jadon Haselwood, who announced his decision on Twitter. He is the highest-rated transfer for the Razorbacks since Ryan Mallett, ESPN’s No. 12 player in the 2007 class, who transferred from Michigan in 2008.
Haselwood recently entered the transfer portal, and he visited the UofA over the weekend. He announced his intention to transfer to Arkansas in a tweet that featured images of him with Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman and running backs coach Jimmy Smith.
After a promising start to his collegiate career in which he caught 19 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown in 2019, Haselwood suffered a torn ACL that caused him to miss six games in 2020.
The former five-star recruit caught 39 passes for 399 yards and a team-high six touchdowns during the 2021 season at Oklahoma.
Haselwood hails from Ellenwood, Georgia, where he played at Cedar Grove High School for Smith, who served as the school’s head coach from 2013-2018.
Coming out of high school in 2019, Haselwood was rated as the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 6 overall recruit in the ESPN 300.
The 6-foot-2-inch receiver could have the opportunity to make an immediate impact for the Hogs next season. Arkansas might lose junior receiver Treylon Burks to the NFL Draft this season, which would open a spot as the team's top pass catcher.
Haselwood will have plenty of competition for targets next season as Arkansas returns wide receivers Warren Thompson, who caught 18 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns this season, and Ketron Jackson Jr., who has shown flashes of brilliance while hauling in five passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Haselwood, a junior, has one year of eligibility remaining, unless he chooses to use his extra year of eligibility, granted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, to return in 2023.