…like Sam Pittman who jump started Bielema’s program with some great O-line recruits until he mentally left when Chaney was fired and physically left the next year when Georgia offered him a reunion with Chaney. The first 2-3 years, he was the best O-line recruiter that I can remember on any Hog staff.
I think we have the best defensive end recruiter in Hog History right now back on our staff today in Steve Caldwell. He recruited some great defensive ends before like Flowers and Wise who both ended up with the Patriots and he appears to be doing it again in his first year back On The Hill with this class.
Chavis may be the best recruiting defensive coordinator in Hog History as well. Many of these top defensive recruits this year mention him when talking about “why Arkansas.” Much of the upturn in defensive recruiting has to be to his credit.
David Lee recruited some great receivers for Bobby Petrino that might equal this years class. Gragg, Childs, Wright, D.J. Williams, and Joe Adams all ended up in the pros. (The fact all four were in state kids might have made that recruiting easier than this years.) This years group may, on paper, be even better with four 4* receivers and a 4/5* tight end. Stepp, Craddock, and Morris may top Lee’s group to be the best receiver recruiters ever On The Hill. Wright and Adams impact as kick returners may be one place this years bunch falls short but getting lots of big and fast receivers instead may be a good swap.
Not much to talk about this time of year so I thought I would throw this out for discussion.
Barry has done well in-state with Arkansas having an unprecedented string of great tight ends during his time On The Hill. D.J. Williams, Chris Gragg, Hunter Henry, and, now, Hudson Henry is not a normal group of Arkansas high school tight end recruits. I would like to see Barry recruit some great out of state tight ends before I consider him a great recruiter.
I believe it was Tim Horton that secured the likes of Gragg, Wright etc. for Petrino as he was the one covering the State of Arkansas at that time. I think he was the one that held it together when there was a coaching change after Nutt. Might be wrong on that but feels like it was him.
The best coach I’ve seen in action recruiting was Michael Smith. (not that I’ve witness a lot). Michael impressed me greatly at the Catfish Hole. He knew everyone in the room and the recruits and parents were very comfortable with him.