The next few weeks will have a heavy emphasis on football recruiting with Signing Day less than a month away. The Hogs are planning on having a pretty huge recruiting weekend January 22nd with at least 6 recruits coming to visit including top uncommitted prospects Kristian Fulton and Tyrie Cleveland. It was also announced today that 4* running back Kyle Porter is planning on visiting Fayetteville the January 29 weekend. He named Arkansas a finalist along with Texas and TCU and the Hogs should get the last visit if things go as planned.
Hunter Henry and Denver Kirkland have already declared for the NFL draft. Alex Collins could make it a third offensive player leaving early in the near future. With that in mind ESPN has a nice article about the Collins’ career being overlooked. Collins is just one of three SEC running backs to have three straight 1,000 yard seasons, and the other two are Hershel Walker and Darren McFadden, two of the best all time in the conference. Even if this season Collins was overshadowed by Derrick Henry and Leonard Fournette, he will be one of the school’s best running backs, regardless if he comes back for a senior season or not.
Arkansas looked like it was finally going to win a close game, then Damian Jones nearly sent that spiraling down with his buzzer beating dunk. The Hogs were able to hold on and finally get that close win in overtime. If you enjoy some good old fashioned schadenfreude you can check out Anchor of Gold’s recap of their turnover filled night. Looking at the game from an Arkansas perspective though Dusty Hannahs had a poor shooting night but affected the game in many other ways. He somehow slipped between the trees in the paint to grab four offensive rebounds. For Arkansas to have success, their shooters need to continue to fill up the stat sheet like Hannahs did, even if the shots aren’t falling.
The next game in Bud Walton Arena will have a familiar face in the building. John Pelphrey will be on the call for Saturday's game against Mississippi State and next week's game at Missouri. Whether you have gotten over the Pelphrey years or not, the next two broadcasts should be fun to watch.