Arkansas got good news on the recruiting trail this weekend as four players on Saturday committed to play for the Hogs Saturday, pushing the Class of 2016 to 21 commits. And more could be on the way before National Signing Day on Wednesday.
The Razorbacks now have commitments from four linebackers in this class, and that could bode well for a defense that seemed porous at times in 2015.
Saturday’s four commitments were:
- Outside linebacker Dee Walker
- Offensive tackle Paul Ramirez
- Safety Micahh Smith
- Cornerback Joseph Putu
Walker is a 6-3, 210-pound player from Moultrie, Ga. He’s a three-star prospect who also had offers from Louisville, Tennessee, Nebraska, Iowa, Kentucky, Pittsburgh and others. He’s the fourth linebacker recruit — a very high priority in this year’s class to address a big issue on the depth chart. He joins fellow linebacker commits De’jon Harris, Alexy Jean-Baptiste and Giovanni LaFrance.
— Dee walker (@deemontana11111) January 30, 2016
Ramirez is a 6-6, 300-pound player from San Bernardino, Calif. The Razorbacks, who had the largest offensive line in all of football last season — college or pro — have needs for the current and future depth chart, and Ramirez “dropped the mic” when he made his commitment to Arkansas coach Bret Bielema. Ramirez will have the opportunity to fight with Brian Wallace and other young lineman for Denver Kirkland’s tackle spot.
Announcing my commitment the University of Arkansas. The mike has been dropped. Woopig pic.twitter.com/uLTjmcKZKe
— Paul Ramirez #72 (@theneptunes_) January 30, 2016
Smith is a 6-0, 195-pound two-star player who made 120 tackles and three interceptions last season for Marshall (Texas) High according to MaxPreps.com. Smith is another piece to a recruiting class that already has two defensive back commitments.
— Micahh Smith (@micahhsmith_21) January 30, 2016
Putu hardly registered on any team’s recruiting list just last month. But the 6-2, 195-pound cornerback from North Dakota State College of Science emerged late and looks like a great addition to the defensive back unit for Arkansas, which was the first Power Five school to offer him. Last season Putu made 55 tackles and had an eye-popping 10 interceptions.
Arkansas has room for six more recruits for the Class of 2016, one that currently ranks No. 22 in the nation, according to 247 Sports.