The Hog is strong.
Pittman: “I’ll say this, recruiting has to get better for us and I believe that these guys that we hired are going to help us in that area, along with coaching on the football field.” pic.twitter.com/tAahrePsWI— Jacob Davis (@JacobScottDavis) February 5, 2021
The key to bringing Arkansas back from the dead is recruiting. Yeah, there have been plenty of talent over the past four years come to Fayetteville for the Razorbacks to be competitive.
We saw it firsthand in 2020 with Arkansas winning three conference games for the first time since the 2016 season. Hell, Arkansas was competitive in every single game except the finale versus Alabama.
Honestly, who was competitive against the Crimson Tide wrecking ball?
The Razorbacks have compiled a lot of offensive firepower for the future. A lot of it was put on display throughout the season. Especially down the final stretch of games when the Hogfense was lethal. The ability to score in seconds from anywhere on the field was something reminiscent of times gone by. It didn’t matter who the quarterback was in 2020 they were the most efficient group since Brandon and Austin Allen from 2014-2016.
Treylon Burks, Mike Woods, Trelon Smith, KJ Jefferson all had touchdowns of 50 or more yards in 2020. That should help the Hogs case in recruiting.
As the saying goes: “offense wins games. Defense wins championships.”
In recruiting: “Fun offense = Great players.” And, “a great defensive coordinator will bring in great players.”
On the defensive side Arkansas has studs at every level. On the line Isaiah Nichols and Dorian Gerald return as starters destined for a great season. The linebacker group may be deeper than I have seen it in a long, long time. Led by studs Grant Morgan and Bumper Pool who both were best tackling duo in the SEC before injuries started to flare up. At corner there is Montaric Brown and All-American safety Jalen Catalon should give Arkansas an advantage of recruiting more studs on that side of the ball, too.
I full heartedly believe that Arkansas has the right coaches in place to make that happen. From the top to bottom Sam Pittman wants to recruit. Recruit. Recruit. You better recruit or he’ll move on from you quick.
In a pandemic recruiting has been different. Way different. Back in the day, circa February 2020, the saying was ““if we can just get them to campus.” Now, you can get them to see the campus from their own living room. It’s the new reality (instead of the norm because I believe we will get back to the old before long).
According to Twitter, there are plenty of high profile prospects for this Saturday’s Virtual Visits.
Four-star offensive tackle Kelvin Banks
Four-star running back Tre’Vonte Citizen
Four-star safety Myles Rowser
Defensive tackle Felix Hinson
Offensive tackle Qae’shon Sapp
Defensive End Derrick Brown
If more do participate in the virtual we keep you updated!
Last week’s virtual recaps