Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss the impact of the loss to TCU, a possible walk-on kicker, a target apparently no longer considering Arkansas and more.
Arkansas DC Paul Rhoads believes recruits see ‘overall body of work,’ not one game
Arkansas’ 28-7 loss has understandably left many Razorbacks fans frustrated during the current bye week. From a recruiting perspective, the loss appears to have been a missed opportunity to put a cherry on top of an otherwise successful day with several prospects on campus.
But does it truly hurt Arkansas’ chances at landing any recruits? Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads, a former head coach at Iowa State, doesn’t see it that way.
“I think recruits pay a lot less attention to wins and losses than maybe is given credit to that,” Rhoads said. “I’ll go back to being a head coach in a rivalry game. Just as many times we got the kid when we lost and potentially lost the kid when we won. I think it’s the overall body of work that you do in the process of recruiting that matters most. Otherwise, kids would be de-committing on a weekly bases.”
Rhoads and the rest of the staff, including coach Bret Bielema, were on the road recruiting Monday and Tuesday of this week. Some members of the staff are expected to do the same Thursday, with all of them again on the road Friday.
Kicker wants shot to walk on at Arkansas
Like most Arkansas fans, Samson Tamijani didn’t like what he saw from the Razorbacks’ kicking game Saturday. The Hogs missed 2 field goals inside 23 yards in a 28-7 loss to TCU as Tamijani, a student at Arkansas, watched from the stands. A former kicker himself, Tamijani decided it was time to take matters into his own hands.
According to Hawgs247 reporter Andrew Hutchinson, Tamijani printed 36 QR codes that linked to his kicking highlights on YouTube when scanned. He placed them throughout campus, with a handful ending up inside the Fred W. Smith Center, where the coaches offices and locker room are located.
There was also one placed on the sign in front of Bielema’s parking spot just outside the Smith Center. A picture of that QR code was taken and posted to social news website Reddit with an explanation of where the code would send you when scanned. From there, it was posted to Twitter and quickly spread throughout the fan base.
For Tamijani, though, it was all business. Not a joke or gimmick to gain attention. He truly wants to join the Razorbacks and has been pushing to do so for several months.
“I don’t want fame or a statement,” Tamijani told Hutchinson. “I just want a chance from them going into the spring so they know I’m useful.
“The only eyes I wanted to see my stuff are the coaching staff. That’s all I’m trying to do.”
Tamijani surely has the attention of the coaching staff now. We’ll have to wait and see if it pays off for him. To read Hutchinson’s full story about the hopeful walk-on, which is quite interesting, click here.
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2018 DB Joseph Foucha no longer considering Arkansas?
One of Arkansas’ top remaining targets in the 2018 class is apparently no longer considering the Razorbacks.
McDonogh 35 (New Orleans) defensive back Joseph Foucha recently told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman he’s essentially narrowed down his choices to four schools. The Hogs did not make that cut.
Foucha had released a top 7 in early August, a list Arkansas did make. He is a 3-star prospect and the No. 32 safety in the 2018 class, according the 247Sports composite. He told SEC Country in mid-August he would like to visit Arkansas.
“Since I released my top 7 schools, if I were to say that somebody leads, it would be that right now I’m looking hardest at Florida State, LSU, ‘Bama and Auburn,” Foucha told Spiegelman. “That’s really my top 4.”
Although he would’ve been a nice addition, missing out on Foucha isn’t a major issue for the Hogs. They already have three defensive backs — two cornerbacks and a safety — among their 12 current commits in the class. All three are rated very near or above Foucha.
ICYMI: Arkansas commit Emmit Gooden ‘just tagging along with a teammate’ to Oklahoma
For Arkansas, a visit elsewhere typically means a commit will no longer be viewed as committed. That will apparently not be the case with 2018 defensive tackle Emmit Gooden, at least not according to him, as he plans to visit Oklahoma this weekend.
Gooden told SEC Country on Wednesday he has every intention of remaining committed to the Hogs. It is unknown at this time if the Razorbacks’ staff will view him as de-committed if he makes the trip. That has been the policy under Bielema with few exceptions made. Gooden seems unlikely to be an exception considering he already visited Oklahoma over the summer.
Click the link below to read the full story on Gooden and his planned trip to Oklahoma:
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