Arkansas Razorback coaching staff faces SEC with Sam Pittman’s Class of 2023

After five days of recruiting rookies, it’s time to take a break until Monday to step back and take a look at the bigger picture of what’s going on with recruiting in the Arkansas football program.

Sam Pittman’s staff put together the nation’s No. 7 recruiting class. That will fluctuate to some degree, but a change in the air around recruiting in Arkansas indicates that the drop won’t be as big as often in years past once the usual suspects start snagging top candidates.

So why should Hog fans finally feel a level of confidence instead of the typical feeling of Charlie Brown trying to kick a soccer ball?

TALENT IS MORE TALENTED

Most fans will look at the stars alone and wonder how this class is ranked so highly. However, that is not the way to decompose this class.

Someone who views this group from the perspective that there are only five 4-star athletes currently engaged might be justified in arguing from the traditional pessimistic perspective.

However, a deeper dive into the numbers shows Arkansas has four ESPN 300 rookies in that class. To put that into perspective, here’s a breakdown of the current number of SEC opponents versus Arkansas.

Every team on this list is currently ranked behind Arkansas, with the exception of Georgia, which currently has a slight advantage at No. 6. The Crimson Tide will eventually catch up to the Razorbacks, but it will take a lot of movement on their part. from the rest of the teams to make a run at the Hogs.

After last year’s recruiting coup, it seemed a safe bet that A&M alumni had enough pockets to offer a Top 2 class again. However, Aggie’s trainers broke the only NIL Wild West rule – don’t openly talk to recruits about the NIL amount of money they’ll make if they come to your school (on camera).

Texas A&M has the No. 57 class. If Nick Saban gently pushes the NCAA folks to follow Jimbo Fisher’s program, it could cast a dark enough cloud over the program to prevent them from passing Arkansas.

Of the 157 ESPN 300 athletes who are uncommitted, 105 fall into the SEC footprint. The majority will end up in the SEC, while the usual national brands siphon off their cut.

The good news for Arkansas is that the roster is filled with high school programs from which the Hogs have landed rookies in the past. There’s also significant chatter that some of these names are seriously considering coming to Fayetteville, and at least one drifts into the likely category.

The other factor is that several 3-star Razorback recruits have enough room for growth to potentially drop to 4-star low. Such a boost would go a long way in keeping this class floating near the top.

THE BEST RECRUITERS MIGHT NOT WORK FOR UNIVERSITY

For the first time in a long time, there is strong positive energy surrounding the program. There seems to be a real buy-in among the players which has spread to rookies.

In years past, it was not uncommon to hear stories of rookies showing up at Arkansas recruiting tours with the intention of targeting specific players in an effort to convince them to come to where they needed to be. intend to engage instead.

However, rather the opposite is true now. Recruits specifically time their visits to coincide with the guys they hope to convince to join while backing up an intensive public recruiting pitch via social media.

The stories of Dallas Young’s involvement in helping land TJ Metcalf and the quickness of Kaleb James reaching out to Lone Star (Frisco, Texas) defensive back Jaylon Braxton to convince him to come to Fayetteville after Braxton opted out from Michigan State are just a small part of a huge effort by Hog rookies to be heard by others.

ESPN 300 rookie Micah Tease, whose main photo on his Twitter page features Alabama players celebrating, doesn’t mind a third visit to Arkansas without Luke Hasz selling it. Cole Adams, who just committed to Alabama, doesn’t have Arkansas grouped with Oklahoma and the Crimson Tide as finalists if the rookies don’t speak softly to him about the program.

As fun as Kendal Briles’ mom-mobile is to follow as she travels the country, these trainers don’t bring the Who’s Who visitor list they managed to generate without the social media campaign and recruiting. staff that these commitments have put in place.

FINAL THOUGHTS

In a NIL world where Arkansas is massively under-armed financially, it has been hugely impressive to see what a cultural shift has done to Arkansas. Success begat success.

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Outside of football, Arkansas has been the SEC’s most dominant sports program for the past two years. The immersion of rookies from all sports in the atmosphere of basketball, baseball and softball games showed just how fun and crazy things can be.

The recent change in the experience of football matches will only help to further improve the sports program as a whole. Something as simple as being respected enough to skip the 11 a.m. matches makes a huge difference in the recruiting process for everyone involved.

Arkansas is probably a year closer to being a legitimate threat in a Top 10 class once the ink is dry, but even being in the conversation when schools like Texas A&M, Ohio State, USC and Alabama are able to throw in millions to land recruits says a lot about where this program landed once we emerged from the pandemic.

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