Tuesday was a big recruiting day for Arkansas in 2018 and ’19 classes
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Even #FutureHogs are racking up watch list honors
Class of 2018 linebacker Bumper Pool doesn’t just have the best name of anyone on the Arkansas commitment list. He also very well could be the best overall player.
Like there is in college football, there also is a Butkus Award given to the best high school linebacker in the country. And, like his future teammate Dre Greenlaw, Pool was named to the watch list for his corresponding award. The 4-star recruit is one of the staples of Arkansas’ 2018 class.
Arkansas has two linebacker coaches now. Vernon Hargreaves is a carryover from last season. Chad Scott is a new hire from the NFL. The position was far from a strength last year, especially after Greenlaw was lost for the season halfway through. What’s the depth look like ahead of fall camp now, though?
You can never have too many QBs
Coach Bret Bielema has been a proponent of that philosophy since, at least, his arrival at Arkansas. The theory has definitely been held since the exit of Brandon Allen a couple years ago. Austin Allen is established as clear-cut college quarterback. Questions linger behind him, though.
At any rate, Arkansas’ latest quarterback commit, Ty Evans from Monument, Colo., could be a larger piece, too. Evans is a 2019 commit, Arkansas’ first in that class.
But what does Evans’ commitment mean for others?
Most notably, what does it mean for Gerry Bohanon Jr.? The Earle High product could join Greenwood’s Connor Noland as two Arkansas quarterbacks for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Both are 4-star recruits. But Bohanon wasn’t originally recruited as a quarterback to Arkansas, and while he has said he would like to become a Razorbacks QB, he has yet to make a decision.
Battle Line Rivalry promises to loom large
Regardless of all the goings-on the last two weeks in regards to the Arkansas-Missouri game to close out football season, the 2017 matchup was always going to be good.
Now, as to what it could mean for either team, that, clearly, remains to be seen. But the ol’ Magic 8-ball suggests it could have a major impact on what both teams end up with come bowl time.
Arkansas’ all-time All-SEC defense
Andrew Hutchinson of 247Sports published part two of his series on Arkansas’ best players in the SEC era over the last 25 years. On Monday, he delivered the all-time offensive team. On Tuesday, it was the defense’s turn.
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Look, Riverfest hadn’t been good (with its musical acts) since well before … well, it’s been a long time. But it still was a bummer to see the iconic Little Rock festival shut down after 40 years. Especially a bummer to me as an ardent concert-goer. These for-profit festivals are killing the really good stuff. Do me a favor.
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