Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. This time, we discuss the use of technology for offers and the interest level of a running back target.
Arkansas staff using FaceTime as creative tool to offer recruits
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema isn’t shy about discussing the Razorbacks’ need to get creative in recruiting.
While he believes the Hogs have a good opportunity to sell, he and recruiting coordinator E.K. Franks also understand the recruiting game is a bit more difficult from them than some of the powerhouse programs around the country. So they are always looking for ways, within the rules, to potentially gain an advantage with recruits.
Enter the usage of FaceTime, a video-telephone application on the iPhone, to extend offers in a way that feels more personal than the traditional means.
“E.K. has done a nice job of doing a lot more things with FaceTime,” Bielema told reporters earlier this week. “We used to just send out a letter when we offered a kid. Now when we offer a kid we set up a time and our whole staff will sit there and have a conversation with them like you’re sitting in the same room.
“The recruiting world is allowing us to push the envelope further and further, and for us at Arkansas, we need to do that.”
RB target Gibson awaiting LSU offer
Arkansas became the first SEC offer for Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.) 2018 running back Jeremy Gibson earlier this month.
The Hogs getting in earlier on Gibson (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) will presumably help their chances as several major programs are likely to offer in the coming months. That may very well be the case, assuming LSU never offers.
A source recently told SEC Country that Gibson is essentially waiting on the Tigers to offer, which is a possibility, and would jump at the chance to commit. The same sources says the 3-star recruit, according to the 247Sports composite, seems to be lukewarm on the Razorbacks altogether as of now.
Regardless, Arkansas won’t be kicking itself over a perceived lack of interest from Gibson. The Hogs have their eye on several running backs in the class. It helps the position is one of their easiest to recruit.
Here’s three other running back targets for 2018 to keep an eye on:
- Keaontay Ingram, 4-star, Carthage (Texas): One of Texas’ top prospects, Ingram has well over 20 offers. Several major programs are included on that list. Arkansas is an underrated candidate for him around the recruiting world. He told SEC Country earlier this month he “for sure” has interest in the Hogs and likes their offensive style.
- A.J. Carter, 3-star Many (La.): Carter hasn’t been offered by the Razorbacks yet, but once he is expect them to vault near the top of his potential options. Sources recently told SEC Country he’s very interested in the Hogs. It remains to be seen if the interest is mutual as the coaching staff continues to evaluate the Louisiana native.
- DeMarcus Townsend, 3-star, Palmetto Ridge (Naples, Fla.): First it was former star Alex Collins. Now, it’s 2017 signee Maleek Williams. So who will be the next Florida running back to sing with Arkansas? Townsend, who knows Williams well, is currently the best possibility.
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