Many will say he got lucky because all these kids are from Arkansas. Not so, IMO, these young men from the Hawks had some big time offers with more to come. As we’ve seen in the past sometimes the bright lights at other places can sway local kids away.
This is big time for our program. The Arkansas Hawks are going to be very good for years to come. Building this relationship now is going to go a long ways in the future.
You could field a pretty darned good basketball team with all the Arkansas kids who went elsewhere over the years. Congratulations to Mike Anderson and Associates for building that wall.
Building the wall is great, as long as we don’t deport our out of state talent. Smile.
Regardless of what the critiques think… even if they are home grown guys, it’s still big for the program. Anytime you aren’t one of the top traditional programs, your main recruiting base is close to home and your own state. 95% of the schools out there, or more, have to recruit state/regions before they can even hope to get out of state top talent. We’ve missed on a couple big ones in the recent past and it’s hurt. Kudos to CMA and the crew for getting it done at home.
I know that was tounge in cheek, but there will be some defections at some point… anytime you get the top recruits that you’ve been going after in back to back classes… there are some people that are going to think they may be the odd guy out… so they’ll transfer after their first couple years or so… Don’t want them to leave, but that’s the nature of the beast now days.
The issue with missing out on the two big ones (Goodwin and Monk) was that Caliparri had made them his priority. I believe Mike got rest of instate guys. The recent recruiting success did not have deal with going against Kentucky. Did they miss any other big ones other than the two I mentioned? I am trying to remember.
I was kinda being a smart a$$. One went to Miss St, Vandy, tOSU, WSU, just to name a few. There were quite a bit on D1 instate kids who didn’t come here. We have some in the next few classes that ain’t coming here either
Yep, and I know that’s an excuse many CMA fans use, but if those he didn’t offer become AA and ours don’t, doesn’t that mean that he missed? Or at least didn’t evaluate properly?
Now before anyone says anything I’m not bashing any player or recruit we have, really like them, but there was at least one kid that wasn’t offered that RD, DD, Otis, and RazorAg were all very high on and said they thought was underrated.
Who are you referring to that became AA elsewhere after not being offered by us?
There are always misses by every coach, as far as evaluation. For example, LSU should have recruited Qualls, but didn’t. I always say we know more about our school than other schools and tend to hold our staff to higher standards.
Also, there are set number of scholarships to offer and sometimes you have more good instate players than available number of scholarships.
I wasn’t referring to anyone who became an AA. I said what if, referring to the last few years and the next few years (example would be Franklin, considered very similar to Hall and Garland, and actually rated higher on 247).
I agree there are hits and misses each year, but many bash CMA on who he missed (Goodwin, Monk) yet say he got the best he went after.
I know there are 13 scholarships. You have to be selective, but it’s the coaches fault if he misses, as much as its his credit when he finds a steal (CJ Jones)