Arkansas’ 2018 recruiting class is near completion with 11 commitments. That leaves just a few spots left to fill, though the number could increase in the coming months.
Recruiting never stops, though. So, there’s still plenty to be done on the recruiting trail throughout October.
Each month until the Dec. 20-22 early signing period, SEC Country will outline the three most important items on the Hogs’ recruiting to-do list for the coming weeks. Here’s the recap of how the Hogs fared with their September to-do list:
Well, this did not go well. Arkansas went 1-2 in September with only a win against New Mexico State. The opportunity was there to make a big impression on top Texas recruits with TCU and Texas A&M on the schedule. But both of those games ended up being losses.
Winning is the quickest way to improve recruiting. In the SEC, every school has nice facilities, talented recruiters and the ability to sell playing in college football’s top conference. Victories can truly set a program apart from the others. That’s the primary reason Alabama has been a fixture near the top of the recruiting rankings.
So far, this isn’t looking like it’ll be the season the Hogs win enough to drastically change their standing on the recruiting trail. September was clearly a letdown in that department.
Make the visits count
In two home games (TCU and New Mexico State), the Razorbacks hosted a number of important recruits.
Despite the loss to TCU, they provided a mostly positive experience for prospects such as Collin Clay (3-star 2019 DE) and Hudson Henry (4-star 2019 TE).
The matchup with New Mexico State brought in 2018 Iowa Western offensive tackle Noah Banks. He received an offer from the Hogs before departing Sunday and said his experience could not have been better.
Many of the other visitors for both games were current commits or possible 2019 in-state targets. Ideally, Arkansas would’ve liked to have some more big names from the 2018 class on campus. But those are expected to come later this season with Nicholas Fulwider (3-star DE), Luke Ford (4-star TE), Glenn Beal (3-star TE), Gerry Bohanon Jr. (4-star QB) and Jerome Carvin (3-star OL) all possibly taking official visits at some point.
So, to recap, the visit lists weren’t great by any stretch, but there seems to have been some positive ground gained. Those September visits will ultimately be judged by how many of those players end up committing.
Take advantage of the schedule
Arkansas’ early bye week provided an opportunity to see several prospects during the current evaluation period. The Hogs’ staff took full advantage. Coach Bret Bielema and his assistants traveled across the country for four days during the week all while balancing practice with the current team and seeing their future players.
Members of the Razorbacks traveled to see all of their 2018 commits during the week off. They also attended games of some top remaining 2018 targets such as Ford and Fulwider.
Taking the time to travel to see recruits during the season can go a long way with prospects. If Arkansas signs players such as Ford or Fulwider, those trips could be one of the clinching factors.
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