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Recapping an unusual few months in recruiting.

NCAA Basketball: Minnesota at Arkansas Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Signing Day has come and gone and even though a lot of schools got most of their recruiting class in the early signing period, Arkansas had to do some work in this period. The Hogs due to the coaching change had to refocus their attention on who to target and who they could get. That meant a lot of guys who weren’t on the radar for a while, plus some decommits. With all that in mind here’s how things shook out.

Who Signed Today

  • DE Coutre Alexander
  • RB Rakeem Boyd
  • S Joseph Foucha
  • OL Noah Gatlin
  • QB John Stephen Jones
  • S Myles Mason
  • LB Andrew Parker
  • OL Ryan Winkel

Signed During Early Signing Period

  • S Ladarrius Bishop
  • DT Billy Ferrell
  • DE Nick Fulwider
  • LB Bumper Pool
  • DE Isaiah Nichols
  • QB Connor Noland
  • OL Silas Robinson
  • WR Michael Woods

Could Anyone Else Sign?

Dorian Gerald should announce Friday. He’s one of the top JUCO defensive linemen in the country. Morris and company made a hard push to get him late and they convinced him to make an official visit to Fayetteville but Florida or Texas A&M is probably going to be where he chooses.

It’s Not A Very Highly Rated Class, Should I Panic?

Panic may not be the right word. No, it’s not a highly rated class and that can really create some issues in the arms race that is always happening in the SEC. However, considering where things were both when Bret Bielema was fired and when the Early Signing Period closed, things are significantly better. Arkansas made a coaching change during the first year of having a new signing period. That changed how everyone did things and throwing in a new coach with a new philosophy made things even more unpredictable.

Having only eight early signees was way behind the rest of the conference, and even though this class was always going to be small, the quality that Chad Morris and company was able to bring in is quality. Especially how much concern there was on the defensive side of the ball with the delay in naming a defensive staff. The new staff led by John Chavis has made over half the signees playing on the defensive side of the ball.

So no, it’s not a class to brag about, but how successful it is depends on how much you value the circumstances surrounding it. It’s not a great class, but it could have been a disaster and we’ve avoided that scenario. Plus the ranking is mostly hurt because it’s a smaller class. If you go by average player rating instead of 247 Sports’ composite rankings it would be 38th instead of 55th.