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Adjustment period: After late start, Gerald poised for success

FAYETTEVILLE — As one of the crown jewels of Chad Morris’ first recruiting class at Arkansas, defensive end Dorian Gerald was expected to make an immediate impact upon his arrival.

Gerald, the nation’s top junior college strong side defensive end and fourth overall prospect nationally per ESPN in the 2019 class, chose the Razorbacks over Texas A&M, Georgia, LSU, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Miami, Florida State, Nebraska, Texas Tech and others.

But because it took until August for him to graduate from Santa Clarita, Calif., College of the Canyons and arrive in Fayetteville, Gerald was playing catch-up from day one on campus.