Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss offensive coordinator Dan Enos as a recruiter from a couple different angles.
Arkansas assistant Dan Enos recently went through recruiting process as a father
It’s easy to get caught up in the constant grind of recruiting as a major college football coach. There are hundreds of prospects to evaluate in each class. Then comes the process of sending out offers, building relationships and persuading top targets to visit your campus.
Arkansas offensive coordinator Dan Enos, entering his 27th year as a college coach, knows the cycle well. This summer, Enos got valuable firsthand experience from a recruiting perspective he’s not so accustomed to.
Enos’ daughter, Lia, is a college basketball prospect entering her junior year at Shiloh Christian High School. The family spent the spring and summer balancing AAU competition with camps and visits to schools recruiting Lia. Those visits included stops at Central Michigan, where Dan was once head coach, Saint Louis and Tennessee-Martin.
The experience has given Enos something extra to think about when dealing with recruits going forward.
“That was awesome,” Enos told reporters Wednesday of his daughter’s recruiting experience. “You recruit people and then when you’re on the other side of it, it opens your eyes. We ask all these players to come to camps and then you start going, ‘Well, it cost this … .’ It takes time and money to go all these places. Then you’ve kind of got to whittle it down to who is really interested, who is not interested. Then you feel the pressure that she feels like when she goes to a tournament and there’s all these college coaches watching just like when guys come to camp here.
“So, for me, it made me stop to realize that when we recruit guys and I go watch somebody play, how their family may feel just like when my daughter was getting watched by a college coach. I wanted her to do so well.”
Lia announced her commitment to Saint Louis on Aug. 1, which came as a relief to her parents.
“I also now know why some kids want it to end early,” Enos said. “Believe me, me and her mother were all on board, because we didn’t have to go around and do this all again next summer, too. It was a great experience, and I’m very proud of her.”
Coaching staff has stayed true to recruiting word according to freshman QB Daulton Hyatt
Speaking of Enos and recruiting, SEC Country asked freshman quarterback Daulton Hyatt on Saturday about his experience with Enos.
The relationship between the two transitioned from recruit and recruiter to player and coach when Hyatt enrolled early last January. So, has Enos changed since then or is he everything Hyatt expected his would be as a coach?
“It’s been similar to what I expected and even more, really,” Hyatt said. “I have no complaints about it. It’s been really great so far with Coach Enos and Coach [Bret Bielema]. They really stay true to their word when they’re recruiting you.”
Hyatt is expected to redshirt this season with Austin Allen locked in as the starter, and Ty Storey and Cole Kelley battling for the backup job. A 3-star prospect from Arab, Ala., Hyatt was the only quarterback signed in the Hogs’ 2017 class. He chose Arkansas over Louisville, Miami, Missouri, Ole Miss and others largely because of the relationship he built with the coaching staff.
“It’s a family here,” Hyatt said. “With Coach B, he makes everything about family and his office is always open for you if you need to talk to him.”
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