Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss recruiting in East Texas, a possible graduate transfer and more.
Think Arkansas is recruiting well now? Just wait
Arkansas’ new coaching staff has been hammering the recruiting trail the past week.
The primary areas of focus have been Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The Hogs added three commitments alone Sunday, shortly after visits with those recruits. The staff has also peaked the interest of some top prospects the Hogs weren’t previously in the running to land.
The Razorbacks have done this with really only two full-time members on the coaching staff — head coach Chad Morris and assistant Barry Lunney Jr. Director of recruiting Mark Smith has also been fully focused on Arkansas. Offensive coordinator Joe Craddock, offensive line coach Dustin Fry and wide receivers coach Justin Stepp are all balancing recruiting for Arkansas with helping SMU prepare for the Frisco Bowl.
That’s getting a lot done with little. Additionally, the Razorbacks are just now reportedly set to add a coach who will arguably be their best recruiter.
Jeff Traylor is expected to join Morris’ staff in the near future according to multiple reports. Traylor served as associate head coach and running backs coach under Morris last season. He was interim coach for the Mustangs until Sonny Dykes was hired Monday.
Exactly what role Traylor will fill at Arkansas is unclear, though it’s likely Morris was leaving open the running backs coach spot for this possibility.
It is for certain, however, that Traylor gives the Hogs another outstanding recruiter in Texas. That will be particularly true in East Texas, where Traylor has long been a household name.
The stadium at Gilmer High School, one of East Texas’ most prominent football towns, is named after Traylor. (See the tweet below, which was retweeted by Traylor). As the coach at Gilmer, Traylor won three state titles and 12 district titles in 15 years.
The stadium at Gilmer High School is named after @CoachTraylor. If he is indeed joining Chad Morris at Arkansas, the Hogs are going to have a very strong East Texas recruiting presence. pic.twitter.com/xr1XdKIscQ
— Trent Shadid (@Shadid13) December 12, 2017
Traylor went from Gilmer to filling various roles as an assistant at Texas in 2015-16 under Charlie Strong. While with the Longhorns, he played a significant role in helping sign three 4-star Texas recruits — two of whom were in the top 40 overall nationally — in the 2016 class.
At SMU, Traylor earned enough respect in just nine months with the Mustangs to be named interim coach. He also was a strong candidate to permanently replace Morris, something many SMU players advocated.
So, the Hogs are already recruiting well under difficult circumstances. Now, just wait until the whole staff is on full time, and Traylor and Morris begin to work their magic in Texas behind the strong relationships they’ve built.
Don’t expect SMU WR Trey Quinn as grad transfer
SMU wide receiver Trey Quinn played a major role in Morris’ team having the No. 8 scoring offense in the FBS this season. He had 12 touchdown catches and more than 1,000 receiving yards while averaging 99 yards a game. He was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the top wide receiver in college football.
Quinn, a redshirt junior, is reportedly set to graduate from SMU this school year. So, he is a potential candidate to be an immediately eligible graduate transfer at any school next season.
The possibility that he might head to Arkansas recently gained some traction due to a Twitter exchange between Quinn and Stepp. Also, Quinn’s wide receivers coach at SMU, Stepp, posted a message to Twitter stating the following:
“Loved having dinner with my guy @treyquinn8 tonight. He is a special guy to coach. Can’t wait for one more together TQ! Love u dude!”
One more together? Does that mean Quinn is coming to Arkansas? Don’t count on it.
A source with knowledge of the situation told SEC Country that Stepp is almost certainly referring to SMU’s upcoming bowl game. The source also said Quinn has been planning to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Quinn was the most efficient wide receiver on routes run from the slot this season, according to Pro Football Focus. He also was a first-team All-America selection by the outlet, which provides in-depth NFL draft analysis. He would certainly be a terrific extra addition to Arkansas’ incoming recruiting class but don’t count on that happening.
ICYMI: 4-star WR Joshua Moore seriously considering Arkansas
Arkansas’ staff changes have 2018 wide receiver Joshua Moore taking a serious look at the Razorbacks.
Moore, a 4-star prospect, told SEC Country on Monday he plans to take an official visit to Arkansas in the near future. He recently de-committed from Nebraska in the wake of the Cornhuskers firing coach Mike Riley.
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