The relationship between K.J. Hill's family and Arkansas might seem impossible to repair by National Signing Day on Wednesday, but that's not stopping Razorback linebacker commit Derrick Graham from doing his part to bring Hill to The Hill.
Graham reached out to Hill on Twitter over the weekend with a late pitch for the Hogs.
@KayJayHill Brother u are a phenomenal athlete! 2 be considered the best you have to compete against the best. Let's compete together WPS— Derrick Graham (@Mrperfection352) January 31, 2015
@KayJayHill 2nd statement, of those other schools you're considering do their coach where J's? Come B #uncommon! WPS pic.twitter.com/HgRLCsT4lm— Derrick Graham (@Mrperfection352) January 31, 2015
@KayJayHill ask yourself these questions can I get a great education☑️ Do Ark have a player coach☑️ A great defense☑️ Is it #uncommon☑️— Derrick Graham (@Mrperfection352) February 2, 2015
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/KayJayHill">@KayJayHill</a> just think about this, analysts say a great offense begins with the great defense! Enough said about that <a href="http://t.co/mTPWS9rd0O">pic.twitter.com/mTPWS9rd0O</a></p>— Derrick Graham (@Mrperfection352) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mrperfection352/status/562381271125725184">February 2, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Graham also tweeted earlier in the day about his own recruiting process. Many recruiting reporters thought Graham might decommit from Arkansas and follow Randy Shannon to Florida, as Shannon was Graham's main recruiter for Arkansas. However, Graham decided to stick with his commitment after he admitted it was tough not to stick with Shannon.
Shannon leaving Ark made it a hard decision B/c I love his coaching style But Im a man of my word I am #uncommon WPS pic.twitter.com/5CgPKyeI33— Derrick Graham (@Mrperfection352) January 31, 2015
So now with that said, if there's any1 that is undecided & want 2 know about becoming #uncommon let's talk! WPS! pic.twitter.com/vLym882x9R— Derrick Graham (@Mrperfection352) January 31, 2015
It's a somewhat similar situation to Hill, in that Hill made it clear Jim Chaney was one of the main reasons for his commitment because he believed Chaney's system would be a good fit for him. However, as we all know, Hill did decommit from Arkansas and appears to be choosing between Ohio State and Alabama instead.
Perhaps it was a veiled message to Hill, perhaps not. Either way, there hasn't been anything to make anyone feel good about Arkansas' chances of signing Hill, and we're certainly not expecting it to happen.
It was reported over the weekend that the coaches might be willing to take a chance on talented juco wideout and Arkansas native Dominique Reed in Hill's place even though his eligibility due to academics will likely not be known until later in the year.
There was also this from Will Gragg:
January 31, 2015