The closer we get to football season the more preseason awards will pile up for the Hogs. Athlon Sports gave one of those to Dan Skipper. He's always been an imposing figure at 6-foot-10, but now the senior is going to be the most talented and experienced member of the Hog offensive line. He was named a third team All-American after being named first team All-SEC. A handful of other Hogs were also named to their All-SEC teams.
One of those named to an All-SEC team was Jeremy Sprinkle. The tight end is getting all kinds of attention as the main TE after the departure of Hunter Henry. ESPN has a returning player for each team that will be important for their success and Sprinkle is that pick for Arkansas. There are probably a fair number of returning players like Brooks Ellis, Deatrich Wise and, technically, Austin Allen who will have a bigger impact, but I see the train of thought. The better Sprinkle fills the role Henry leaves the more comfortable the entire offense will be.
Tucker Pennell was one of the Razorbacks seniors that went undrafted, but he has found his way onto a team. The San Diego Padres gave Pennell a free agent deal, which adds to the list of Razorbacks going pro. Pennell had used all of his eligibility so any deal he can get is a good one.
As far as commits that have been drafted, RHP Brenden Heiss announced he will be a Hog. The decision was an easy one according to Heiss, despite the fact he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He lived just outside the Chicago area and has many family members who are Cubs fans. All the quotes given by Heiss sound like he is very excited to come to Fayetteville and play for Dave Van Horn. So far only three drafted commits have signed, making this a good recruiting class to rebound with.