Don’t be disappointed by Arkansas’ lack of 4-star commitments just yet

SEC Country reporter Trent Shadid will answer your Arkansas Razorbacks football recruiting questions each weekday in our recruiting question of the day mailbag. Join the conversation by sending your questions via Twitter to  @SECCountryHogs, @Shadid13 or by email to Trent at Shadid13@gmail.com.

Recruiting question of the Day: Friday, March 23, 2018

I can say with great confidence there has been a significant increase in respect for Arkansas’ staff from high school coaches in the Hogs’ recruiting region since Chad Morris took over. There has also been an increase in highly-touted prospects visiting campus.

Are those two things related? Yes, but only to a certain extent.

The greater reason more 4-star recruits are coming to campus in recent months is increased effort on the recruiting trail. This coaching staff is extremely active in recruiting. They also seem to be one of the best in the country at identifying talent early in the process.

I believe those qualities are the main reasons we’re seeing more highly-touted recruits on campus in recent months. The staff is working extremely hard, and they are succeeding in building connections with recruits before other Power 5 —and especially SEC — programs.

That being said, I completely understand some fans wondering why Arkansas has three 3-star commitments in the 2019 class and nothing else. If this staff truly is turning things around on the recruiting front, why aren’t they getting 4-star commitments now?

It’s important to remember it’s very early for big-name recruits who have a lot of options to be committed anywhere. Among the top 100 prospects in the class, just 23 are currently committed. Arkansas’ staff has been known to have put a considerable amount of effort into at least 12 of those players, all of which are uncommitted. By no means am I saying the Hogs will get all 12, but even just three or four would be outstanding. But the point is almost all of Arkansas’ elite targets remain on the market.

One thing about the current commits to keep in mind is two of them are probably slightly underrated. Defensive end Trevis Hopper has a 4-star offer list, which I tend to focus on more than star rating. And to me, Malik Chavis has the speed and athletic ability of a 4-star defensive back. But he plays small-school football at Rison (Ark.) High School, which without a doubt makes him hard to judge for recruiting experts.

The 2019 class could definitely underwhelm nine months from now when the early signing period arrives. Based on the players Arkansas has had on campus, I would say anything less than at least five 4-star commitments would be disappointing.

But it’s still far too early to tell if that is or isn’t going to happen. If the 2018 season starts up and the Hogs still don’t have a 4-star pledge or two, it’ll be time to start wondering if this staff can close a deal. Until then, just getting so many highly-sought recruits on campus should be celebrated by fans.

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