Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss Chad Walker’s recruiting efforts, a target no longer considering the Hogs and more.
Arkansas’ Chad Walker enjoying return to recruiting
Arkansas outside linebackers coach Chad Walker has re-acquainted himself with the recruiting process his hiring in February.
Not since 2012, when he was the defensive coordinator at NCAA Division II Mississippi College, has Walker taken on a full load of recruiting in a given cycle. Since that time, he’s been a quality control assistant at Oklahoma and defensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons. Now with the Razorbacks, he’s been recruiting primarily throughout Texas the last six months.
“[Recruiting] has been great,” Walker told reporters Monday. “The evaluation process, in terms of watching guys and figuring out exactly what you want from a position, all the critical factors that you identify. Then getting on the road and really developing those relationships with the high school coaches. I’ve been seeing guys I haven’t seen in probably four or five years, so it was good. I’ve had a lot of fun and really enjoying it.”
Arkansas out of the picture for 4-star OL Reuben Unije
IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 2018 offensive lineman Reuben Unije released his top seven choices Tuesday evening. Unfortunately for the Razorbacks, they did not make the cut.
A 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite rankings, the 6-foot-6, 296-pound Unije told SEC Country in the spring he could “see himself” at Arkansas. He also stated he had a great relationship with offensive line coach Kurt Anderson. Fast forward five months and the Hogs are totally out of the picture. He listed Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina and UCLA as his current top seven.
Arkansas is still looking for one more offensive lineman in the class. Jonesboro (Ark.) 3-star tackle Noah Gatlin and Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) 3-star tackle Luke Jones are the current commits within the unit.
Report: Razorbacks No. 44 among Power 5 schools in number of offers
The Razorbacks haven’t been known to dish out scholarship offers at a high rate since Bret Bielema took over. This recruiting cycle has been no different.
According to Rivals.com, the Hogs have offered 164 recruits in the 2018 class. That puts them at No. 44 among the 65 Power 5 schools, and No. 13 out of 14 in the SEC.
“I throw around scholarships like manhole covers,” Bielema said in late May. “Some people throw them around like nickels. That’s their prerogative. A lot of times, it’s the position you’re in as a program. ‘Hey, I’m going to offer 30 guys to get these two.’ I’ve never operated like that.”
The report from Rivals shows Iowa State (388) has sent out the most offers of all Power 5 program. Louisville, where former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino is in charge, is second on the list.
Mississippi State (305) leads the way among SEC schools followed by Ole Miss (291), Tennessee (284), Kentucky (276) and Georgia (272). All five of those schools are in the top 10 overall.
Not surprisingly, prestigious academic institutions Northwestern (68) and Stanford (32) have sent out the fewest offers.
— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) July 25, 2017
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