Really impressed with the new coaches as recruiters......................

…and can’t wait to see how the staff does when it is complete. There appears to be a very high bar set for recruiting effort and thoroughness.

  1. They seem to have determined quickly who, of the previous commits, they really wanted for their system and who they didn’t want so much.
  2. They have worked really hard to get any and all of the wanted previous commits signed in the early signing period, but they seem to have quality back-ups identified in case they sign elsewhere. So, if Flanagan from Charleston goes with OkieLite, they have several higher rated athletes who are coming for visits later who could more than replace him. Same with Bohannon at QB.
  3. I guess it is good that the previous staff was not that great at recruiting defensive players because there aren’t that many great defensive players to lose in the previous staff’s commit list. That makes the fact that the defensive coordinator and his staff won’t be on board until after the bowls/playoff, not that big of a deal.
  4. They flipped Bishop from MissState and got Ferrell to sign on after he got offers from Bama, UCLA, and Wisconsin. Pool is still signing, so the start of a very good defensive class is there.
  5. The current staff, all offensive coaches, have an amazing bunch of defensive backs and linebackers committed to visit later, like they are setting the table for the new defensive coaches to cherry pick who they want later.
  6. They have one new WR committed and some very interesting WR’s coming for visits. So far, they don’t have any RB’s coming for visits. This implies they have reviewed our present roster and determined we had enough running backs, but were short on receivers for next year. I think this means they decided it would be easier to move Hayden and Hammond exclusively to RB and recruit a couple of WR’s to replace them.

I agree 100% we will be tough when we have a FULL staff and coaches will be able to make contacts between now and Feb.

The ones here so far are all very personable, very enthusiastic and excited about what they have to offer at Arkansas.

They believe they are going to be able to do great things in recruiting because of the better facilities and resources.

Off to a good start.

You right, DD. Got chance to finish in the top half in this class, as opposed to13th or 14th with the previous regime.

They seem to be going back to guys they recruited before and lost to major D-1 programs like OU, A&M, UT, etc. and giving them another shot to see if our facilities and our playing in the SEC West might bring them back to commit. You know our previous staff went after almost everyone of these guys and totally whiffed. At least Chad and his, so far, staff are taking it up several notches in recruiting effectiveness.

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They seem to be going back to guys they recruited before and lost to major D-1 programs like OU, A&M, UT, etc. and giving them another shot to see if our facilities and our playing in the SEC West might bring them back to commit. You know our previous staff went after almost everyone of these guys and totally whiffed. At least Chad and his, so far, staff are taking it up several notches in recruiting effectiveness.

[/quote]You would also have to think that some of the recruits with an ACT score that qualifies for Arkansas, but not for SMU, would be targets too.