Totally understand CSP’S philosophy of allowing his position coaches and coordinators to prioritize recruiting targets. But there has to be a limit of that prioritization by the assistant coaches. CSP is the HC and bears ultimate responsibility for recruiting success or failure which directly affects wins and losses.
If UA will only recruit one QB in a class, all things being relatively equal, would it not be wise, to have the Arkansas player as your number one priority over an out of state selection?
If you lose your position or coordinator coach, would not the in state player more than likely stick with the Hogs than an out of state player?
Where is the loyalty to in state players?
Is losing Walker a wake up moment for CSP? Or am I totally wrong here?
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Considering the grief Simeon Blair received this past season, it really doesn’t matter where the player is from. Blair was asked to replace Jalon Catalon, and be the on-field “sub coach” calling out coverages and stunts. He was often targeted by opposing teams and was the subject of a great deal of verbal abuse from fans (in stadiums, on message boards). It didn’t matter that he was from Arkansas. No one said, “Man, that Blair, thank goodness he is from in state or we’d be tearing him a new one right now.”
No HC is going to be retained because he secured all the in-state talent in a recruiting class on his way to back-to-back 2-10 seasons (or what have you). Unfortunately, he could have the failure to sign in-state talent be a factor in his dismissal. It is not a level playing field in that regard.
OU routinely signs only 2-3 from Oklahoma. They miss on a lot of important talent from the home state, but because they are successful it doesn’t matter.
Bumper Pool, Ricky Stromberg, and KJ Jefferson are pretty solid leaders. They did not have to be from Arkansas to burn inside for UA. I think the in-state recruiting thing, and the value of in-state talent in the locker room, is one of the most overrated aspects of UA football.
IMO over-reaction…the portal has changed things…Good, experienced QB’s can be picked up through the portal…Ole MIss picked up 3…We weren’t really a consideration for many these past couple of years because of KJ and most QB’s want to compete and play now…I would take an experienced, proven QB at P5 level over one from the 5A classification in Ark…JMO
So, we’re not happy with the guy we did recruit and sign? Seems like I remember most of us being pleased with that get. Didn’t hear a lot of “wow, we need to go get White” comments until after Briles left.
He was not the original best we thought we could get until we lost our OC. Most years you only sign one. Never take a lesser talent in state when you have better options. The coaching change messed that up.
Different recruiting class.
Yeah I know that, but it seems like we’re acting is if we’re now in a crisis … I guess just fans being fans and AR fans, including me, are a pessimistic group for sure
Call him a meddler if you want, but JFB would have told them to sign Briles’ guy if you want, but we need to sign White too.
Agree. Perhaps the veterans on this Forum can correct me, but as I remember it, CFB’s always placed a premium effort on major D1 in state QBs. Don’t ever remember him losing many, if any at all. Would often out duel the Bear and others in protecting in state D1 QBs.
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I am one who thinks it’s a failure. But time will tell how large of a failure it is. I will say it is less of a failure today than five years ago because the portal offers a safety net. The optics of losing a 4-star legacy QB to an in-division rival isn’t good. Being a legacy AND a 4-star compounds the negatives here. I am not crying myself to sleep over it, but always like to see as many instate kids as possible (assuming they can play at an elite level).
There you are. Why does it even matter? The kid can transfer every year if he wants to. Who is to say he was coming w KJ pegged in as the starter? But I guess that is what this board is for.
Only time will tell if it’s a failure. Not a good look right now. I’m not worried about losing him at this point. In 2 years I may be upset.
I don’t like it considering his family heritage. I don’t really understand it. I got sick reading all his glowing praise of Freeze and Auburn. Freeze disgusts me
This isn’t 1968……
This kid would have ended up being a TE or S for Broyles. Thats what he did with QB’s with below average accuracy throwing the ball, or they go to Auburn. Look, the kid looks like Tarzan, 54% completion percentage or pocket presents must have turned Briles off. Trivia: What QB led LR Christian to a state championship? Answer: Justice Hill.
It was a failure to communicate! It was what it was. WW was not Kendall Briles top choice, and neither was Arkansas. I have no idea if Walker White will be a great SEC QB. I was however, very impressed with his comments. I can’t wish him great success at Aubrun, because I can’t stand Aubrun. If things don’t go as well as he would like on the plains, I hope the door is open for him to come back home. If young Mr. Singleton progresses as expected, not landing a great QB in the 24 class is really not that big of a deal.
No Kendal told Walker exactly where he stood, that Hawkins was his preferred qb and auburn told walker what he wanted to hear. Walker wanted to be someone’s first choice and that is understandable.
I will say it is a LONG way until December signing day. Who knows what both Arkansas and auburn do on the field and in recruiting. Enos will keep in touch.
Kane archer is the real deal in 25 class. Need to push there for sure.
Yes grandpa played for hogs. Uncle walked on for nutt. Two of his brothers tried sports on the bill, one quit baseball and other transferred to UCA to try to get playing time.
He is a good kid who is very athletic. Just not sold on qb being his spot yet in my opinion
When Frank arrived, he took 60 in a class. It went to 30 a bit later.
When it was 60, they did take five or six QBs. High school players knew little of out of state programs. All they knew was Arkansas and the Texas schools. Seldom did a Texas school spend much time recruiting in Arkansas. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State did some starting in the 70s. Not much before then.
The advent of air plane recruiting and improved highways began to change that.
Darrell Royal said he would take 7-10 quarterbacks in the early 60s mainly to keep SMU, Rice, Baylor from getting one.
You certainly could not call Walker White choosing Auburn a win. But the story has not ended. See Jacolby Criswell who had a path through NC and is now on campus. You never know these days.