Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. Today, we discuss assistant Michael Smith as a recruiter and a pair of new offers.
Michael Smith makes positive impression with New Orleans recruit
Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith serves as the Razorbacks’ primary recruiter in Louisiana, his home state.
He’s well-respected in The Boot, particularly New Orleans, by many high school coaches and recruits. His reputation is undoubtedly benefitted by how he handles the recruiting process.
Smith was in New Orleans last week making some rounds to high schools. He stopped by De La Salle, where 2018 defensive back target Lance Robinson attends. During a recent interview with SEC Country, Robinson echoed an opinion about Smith often shared by many recruits in the area.
“He’s a real relatable guy,” Robinson said. “He’s easy to talk to about anything. Not just football, but other aspects of life. I appreciate that he takes time out to talk to me about other stuff. Sometimes he asks me about my mom.
“Some schools offer me and I hear from them for a week, and then I don’t ever hear from them again. I appreciate when a coach takes time out to really get to know me, not just as a football player but the actual Lance.”
Robinson doesn’t even have an offer from the Razorbacks to this point, though that could change soon. He’s a 3-star recruit per 247Sports composite rankings and has 24 offers.
If Smith is willing to take such a detailed approach with a recruit Arkansas might offer, it’s no wonder he’s had so much success in the state. The Hogs have signed eight Louisiana natives in their past two recruiting classes.
Arkansas becomes first to offer 2019 QB Ty Evans
Arkansas offered Palmer Ridge (Monument, Colo.) 2019 quarterback Ty Evans on Wednesday, becoming the first school to do so.
Evans (6-foot-2, 177 pounds) has received interest from several FBS programs including Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Southern Cal and Washington. He is currently unrated by the recruiting services, which should change soon.
“It was a shock at first and then a rush of emotions,” Evans told SEC Country of the offer. “I sat there thinking to myself playing Division I football has been my dream since I was six and it just became possible. I felt like a weight had been taken off my back. And nobody saw a SEC school and such a prestigious school like Arkansas being my first.
“To say that it is a blessing is an understatement.”
As a sophomore last season, Evans threw for 3,150 yards, 31 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions. He thanked coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Dan Enos for the offer via Twitter.
The Razorbacks have also offered 2019 quarterback Grant Gunnell. To this point, he’s believed to have been one of their top priorities in the class. It’s unlikely Arkansas would look to sign two quarterbacks in 2019, as is the case most years.
I'm humbled and honored to receive an offer to play football from the University of Arkansas. Thanks to Coach Enos and Bielema. GO HOGS🐗🏈SEC pic.twitter.com/TcTyWfM9u8
— Ty Evans™ (@EvansTy18) May 18, 2017
Hogs offer 2018 Georgia DT Austin Smith
The coaching staff is remaining busy extending offers to Georgia recruits. Ola High School (McDonough, Ga.) 3-star defensive tackle Austin Smith is the latest from the state to land an offer from the Hogs.
Smith (6-3, 287) played defensive end and offensive tackle last season. The scheme he plays in at Ola has a similar look to the 3-4 defensive alignment Arkansas will feature next season.
Defensive line coach John Scott Jr. extended the offer. He’s been the primary recruiter in Georgia since being hired in February. The Razorbacks have now offered 21 prospects from the Peach State in the class. Only Texas (27) has more recruits with offers.
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