Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss coach Bret Bielema’s confidence in his assistants, a major target visiting and more.
Bielema: Recruiting ‘going as solid as solid gets’
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema hired a pair of new assistants last month — Chad Walker (outside linebackers) and John Scott Jr. (defensive line). According to Bielema, it’s already become apparent the new additions have given him the best recruiting staff he’s had in his 11 seasons as a head coach.
The Hogs are off to a hot start in the 2018 class with three 4-star commits among their four total. Arkansas’ 90.40 average commit rating is currently No. 15 in the country by the 247Sports composite rankings.
“We have not received a commitment from anyone that hasn’t been the No. 1 person on our board,” Bielema said. “It’s going as solid as solid gets.
“This is the best recruiting staff I’ve ever had. They’re very diligent; they understand it. My two new guys, even though they came out of the NFL, they’re very tech savvy, they’re very into recruiting, they’ve got great personalities. My old staff knows what the expectation level is.”
Already having four commits in the class puts the Razorbacks somewhat ahead of schedule. They’re only losing 12 scholarship seniors off the current roster after next season.
OL target Owen Condon set to visit Arkansas this weekend
Bishop McGuinness (Oklahoma City) 2018 offensive lineman Owen Condon says he “thinks” he’ll visit Arkansas this weekend, he recently told SEC Country.
Condon (6-foot-7, 315 pounds) is one the Hogs’ highest priorities in the class. Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma State and TCU are among his nearly 20 offers. The 3-star recruit visited Florida, Georgia and Vanderbilt earlier this month.
In a recent interview with SEC Country, Condon said he plans to narrow his choices by the end of the spring and make a decision before his senior football season begins.
Condon has had the Razorbacks high on his list since he visited Fayetteville last November. The Hogs have remained in consistent contact since, offering him in late January.
Louisiana RB A.J. Carter apparently high on the Hogs
The Razorbacks are still in search of a running back commit for 2018, a class in which they’ll likely sign one player at the position.
Seven offers from Arkansas have been reported by running back prospects in the class. Many (La.) 3-star recruit A.J. Carter is not one them to this point, though he apparently hopes to join the list.
Sources close to Carter recently told SEC Country he’s very interested in the Razorbacks. His offers include Arizona State, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Missouri and UCLA. He rushed for 2,289 yards and 41 touchdowns as a junior last season.
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