In less than 24 hours, fax machines will become the center of the college football universe as LOI’s will be flying in across the country. So where does Arkansas stand? With 24 commits, the class is just about set. Arkansas will wait for Chevin Calloway’s signing day announcement to see if they can add to their secondary class. There is a poll here asking where people expect him to go and Razorback fans seem optimistic about their chances.
247 Sports has the Razorback class currently ranked 29th overall, but there could still be quite a bit of movement from other teams on signing day. The class isn’t as highly ranked as the past couple, but expect to hear a lot of talk about how the class fills needs. A phrase that has become pretty cliche in recent years.
For an overview of the Razorback class, this article talks about the hits and misses they had this recruiting cycle. Wide Receiver was a big area of concern that has been addressed very well. Defensive line was looking dire for a little bit but two late commits have calmed that fervor down a little.
There has been a lot of talk about Arkansas not offering Fayetteville High 4-star Akial Byers, especially with his commitment to Alabama. There were rumors swirling about how well his visit to Fayetteville went and if he would even qualify. Turns out he won’t be heading to Tuscaloosa and instead is going the JUCO route. He is going to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community college, where two Razorback commits will come from so it will be worth keeping an eye on in the future if he could be in the Razorbacks’ plans.
A couple of non-Arkansas specific articles from the main SB Nation college football site will be good reads if you’re looking for more recruiting info. First a look into how coaching staffs build their recruiting boards for multiple years down the road. It also gives you an idea of how they plan for the future and the technology they use.
Also some of the wildest signing day stories in recent memory (Oh hey there Alex Collins!) The fact that Collins’ day didn’t even crack the top-15 shows how chaotic and all around weird signing day can be.
If you want a break from football then tomorrow Arkansas is a 5.5 point favorite over Alabama in Bud Walton Arena. It won’t be a huge resume boosting win but could have a greater impact in the SEC Tournament seeding with both teams in the hunt for that 4th and final “double bye” spot.