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Recruiting Question of the Day: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Hypothetically, if all the big time in-state talent commit to the Hogs will that have an effect on the top out of state prospects commitment?
— Andrew Williams (@A_Williams870) March 20, 2018
The top priority for Arkansas’ 2019 class should be securing all those big-time in-state prospects. It’s the best group from the state in a long time. With two recruits in the top 50 — wide receiver Treylon Burks and tight end Hudson Henry — and two others also rated as 4-star prospects — offensive linemen Darius Thomas and Stacey Wilkins — coach Chad Morris has the potential to build a very strong base in this class.
Now, will stockpiling all those players do anything for Arkansas’ chances at some top out-of-state recruits? It’s hard to say for certain, but it’s very possible.
I’m of the belief recruiting momentum is very real. But a lot of it is based on which recruits have personal relationships with each other.
For instance, Georgia’s No. 1 recruiting class in 2018 included several signees who knew each other from camps and all-star games. At least part of the reason tight end Luke Ford — yes, the onetime Arkansas commit — chose the Bulldogs was because he’d built a relationship with UGA quarterback commit Justin Fields. The two elite prospects were 7-on-7 teammates at The Opening last summer. So, there’s a clear example of a top in-state recruit (Fields) helping a school sign a player from a totally different region (Ford) in Illinois.
I have no idea at this point what elite camps or games Arkansas’ top in-state recruits will attend. But with the top 4 players being as impressive as they are, they are very likely to be invited to a few such events where they make connections with other top recruits. If they are Arkansas commits at that time, absolutely they can help recruit for the Hogs.
Recruits can also be attracted to playing with other top players in their class or previous classes without the personal relationship. Everyone is different, so that’s really a case-by-case basis. But let’s say Arkansas gets Burks and Henry, why wouldn’t a top quarterback in the 2019 or even the 2020 class want to play with those receiving targets?
So, yes, the Hogs keeping their top 2019 talents from leaving the state could definitely lead to positive recruiting results elsewhere.