What to expect from Arkansas football's three newest transfers during the 2022 season

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Arkansas football was hard at work over the three-day holiday weekend, hosting a number of official visits from high school recruits and adding three transfers.

Two of those transfers came from SEC schools, and the third will join the team as a walk-on. Here's what to expect from each of the three players out of the portal.

Drew Sanders, LB

Measurables: 6-foot-5, 244 pounds

Previous school: Alabama

Arkansas' first transfer since former LSU defensive end Landon Jackson committed in mid-December came when Alabama linebacker Drew Sanders announced his decision to join the Razorbacks.

With the losses of starters Drew Morgan and Hayden Henry, Arkansas was in need of experience at linebacker. Senior Bumper Pool is returning, a huge announcement for the Razorbacks, but the players behind him have little defensive playing time.

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Sanders started three games early in the season as a sophomore but finished with seven total appearances. He logged 24 tackles and one sack.

Sanders will have three years of eligibility remaining thanks to the extra year the NCAA gave athletes due to the pandemic. He chose the Razorbacks over Texas and Oklahoma.

Sanders was a five-star recruit in the class of 2020 out of Ryan High School in Denton, Texas. He was the No. 22 player in the country and No. 3 player in Texas per the 247Sports Composite.

Expectation: Based on the other players available at linebacker, expect to see Sanders alongside Pool in 2022.

Dwight McGlothern, CB

Measurables: 6-2, 186 pounds

Previous school: LSU

With the addition of Dwight McGlothern, Arkansas has now gained two from LSU and lost two players to the Tigers. Defensive backs Greg Brooks Jr. and Joe Foucha committed to LSU earlier this month, and Arkansas added Jackson at the end of 2021.

McGlothern is a welcome addition to Arkansas' secondary, which lost three key players in Brooks, Foucha and Montaric Brown, who declared for the NFL Draft. McGlothern appeared in nine games for LSU this season, tallying 32 tackles and a 37-yard interception returned for a touchdown against Florida.

McGlothern has three years of eligibility remaining. He was a four-star recruit out of Klein Oak in Spring, Texas, and the No. 20 corner in his class per the 247Sports Composite.

Expectation: With Arkansas losing several of its experienced defensive backs, McGlothern seems likely to start in the secondary.

Cade Fortin, QB

Measurables: 6-3, 221 pounds

Previous school: South Florida

Arkansas added Cade Fortin as a walk-on transfer. Arkansas will be Fortin's third school after he transferred from North Carolina to South Florida in 2019 after a year with the Tar Heels.

Fortin adds a bit of depth to Arkansas' quarterback roster, a concern that was raised when backup Malik Hornsby entered the portal only to withdraw a week later.

Fortin becomes Arkansas' most experienced quarterback behind starter KJ Jefferson and Hornsby, with appearances in 10 games and four career starts against Power Five teams. He completed 52% of his passes for 222 yards in his six games across two seasons at South Florida.

Fortin was a three-star prospect out of North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Georgia, in the class of 2018.

Expectation: Fortin joins a list of four other quarterbacks on Arkansas' roster. He has more experience than Lucas Coley, and fellow walk-on transfer Kade Renfro tore his ACL in bowl practice. Still, Fortin will likely fall behind Hornsby as Jefferson's backup.

Christina Long covers the Arkansas Razorbacks. You can email her at clong@swtimes.com or follow her on Twitter @christinalong00.

This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: Arkansas football: What to expect from transfers in 2022 season

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