Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a possible fall visitor and under-recruited players.
Arkansas should get a visit from DB Joseph Foucha this fall
Most of the experts are picking 2018 safety Joseph Foucha to end up at either Auburn or LSU. Those two do seem to be the most logical options. He’s visited both schools in recent months and has a strong connection with the coaching staffs.
But, according to Foucha himself, don’t count out Arkansas just yet. From McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans, Foucha is a 3-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite. He told SEC Country on Wednesday he “most definitely” wants to officially visit Fayetteville this fall. Getting him on campus is essential to the Razorbacks’ chances because he hasn’t yet visited.
Foucha (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) announced Arkansas as one of his seven finalists last week. He recently told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman he plans to officially visit Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and LSU. The Hogs seem to be a strong contender to potentially be his fifth official visit. He plans to finalize his list and dates by the end of the month.
Arkansas has three defensive backs — a safety and two cornerbacks — committed in its 2018 class. The Hogs would only take another defensive back if he’s the right player. Foucha definitely falls into that category. He currently does not plan to make a decision until National Signing Day in February.
Bret Bielema dishes on under-recruited players
Few coaches relate to under-recruited players better than Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.
The Head Hog went from walk-on to team captain at Iowa (1989-92). Current Arkansas defensive back Kevin Richardson II has done the same over the past five years.
Bielema stated earlier this week how impressed he was with freshman walk-ons Ty Clary (OL) and Hayden Henry (OLB). He said the two may even avoid a redshirt and play during the 2017 season.
With Bielema being so well-versed on the path from lightly recruited to trusted contributor, I took the opportunity to ask him why he thinks Clary and Henry weren’t rated higher during the 2017 recruiting cycle. Both were 2-star recruits from the Natural State with offers from just a few FBS schools. They joined the Razorbacks as blueshirts, meaning they are walk-ons that have been promised a scholarship in the future.
Here’s what Bielema had to say on the subject:
“I do think when you have guys play different positions … for instance, Hayden played safety and kind of moved up toward the line of scrimmage last year. So, when you project a player at a different position, I think [under-recruitment] happens to be quite honest. And then sometimes people just don’t think you look the part, you know. Oh, look at him, I don’t know if he can do that. People stereotype and put people into categories like that.
“I think when you’re undersized, under-recruited, underdeveloped, those three things work against you a little bit.”
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