Arkansas' first of two giant recruiting weekends has come to a close, and as expected, everybody said they had a great time, loved the family environment, liked the coaches, thought the facilities were nice, food was great and so on and so forth. Well, everybody except cornerback Eric Cuffee from Texas. The buzz is that he came to Fayetteville with the goal of spreading some burnt orange around, and the recruiting reporters didn't even bother to write a recap of his visit.
But for everyone else, good times seem to have been had. Here's a rundown of the news, social media posts, and public comments they made after their visits.
One of the secret visitors was Oklahoma State commit Tyrell Alexander. Alexander is a WR/CB athlete and in addition to the Hogs and Cowboys, he holds offers from Tennessee, Baylor, TCU, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Arizona State and others. The Vols are a third finalist and he's not rushing to make a decision.
Probably the most high profile uncommitted visitor this weekend was 5-star cornerback Kristian Fulton from Louisiana. Unfortunately, his family did not make the trip with him, but Fulton says he'll make the decision on his own. He'll announce on Signing Day.
It appears the Hogs added a new feature to official visits in giving the recruits a chance to have some fun on the SEC Network set. Arkansas is known to have one of the better SEC Network set-ups in the conference.
Working with the Razorback Sec Network!! pic.twitter.com/wc4ZAHTqyl— YoungKing (@Kriss1_) January 23, 2016
This is Arkansas commit De'Jon Harris, another Louisiana kid who was also in town for his official visit, "interviewing" Fulton on the SEC Network set:
Think we can pull it off? Lets pray bro pic.twitter.com/B8cI58sVqe— #ManOfTheYear! (@Scoooota2) January 23, 2016
And the obligatory jersey photo. I see the chrome helmets are still a feature.
And it appears Fulton has plenty to think about.
Can't do nothing but pray about my decision..— YoungKing (@Kriss1_) January 24, 2016
Another high profile target was Brandon Jones from Texas. He's considered the top safety in the county according to ESPN. His mother came on the trip with him and both were impressed by Arkansas' shiny new academic center that bears Jerry Jones' name. D.J. Dean was his host. He's already visited Texas, A&M, and Ole Miss. He has a trip to Oregon scheduled for next week.
We should find out how good of a trip he had shortly.
Releasing my Final 3 Schools February 1st! #StayTuned— Brandon Jones (@BlessedJones33) January 24, 2016
Jones will announce his decision on Signing Day.
Tyrie Cleveland is one of the elite wide receivers in this class. He's currently committed to his hometown school of Houston but is certainly looking around. He visited TCU last week and may take a visit to Florida next week. Keon Hatcher was his host and seeing Brandon Allen have such a great passing season made an impact on him. He made the trip with a few family members.
Much love in Arkansas this weekend— Cleve (@Tyrie_1) January 24, 2016
ALL I can do is prey about it now and do what's best for me— Cleve (@Tyrie_1) January 25, 2016
He'll announce his decision on Signing Day.
Oklahoma safety/linebacker Calvin Bundage said his favorite part of the trip was watching film with the coaches and seeing how he'll be used in Arkansas' defense. He'll announce his decision on - you guessed it - Signing Day.
As we reported on Saturday, Louisiana linebacker Giovanni LaFrance committed to the Razorbacks.
Don't wanna leave Arkansas— Giovanni LaFrance (@_France9) January 24, 2016
All of the visitors already committed to Arkansas seemed to love their visit and reaffirmed their pledges to the Razorbacks. Some are still taking visits, but they all say fans have nothing to worry about. At least in one case, Briston Guidry, it's easy to believe he's just going for a good time because he's visiting the likes of Miami and Arizona State. And if you're just going to visit somewhere to have a good time, both of those places should be at the top of the list.
Also, this much is for certain, Signing Day should be more interesting than usual for Arkansas fans.