Bret Bielema has coached some talented running backs in his day.
There was Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams at Arkansas. He coached Montee Ball and Melvin Gordon at Wisconsin. He’s now got a pretty talented running back named Devwah Whaley in Fayetteville.
Where does he rank among incoming running backs during Bielema’s coaching career?
“He’s probably the most talented high school running back that I’ve ever coached,” Bielema said, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. “He’s special. His first-to-third step is pretty impressive.”
Bielema also shared that Whaley recently approached him about switching rooms because his roommates weren’t serious enough.
The Razorbacks were able to flip Whaley from Georgia after the Texas running back de-committed from the Bulldogs following the departure of former head coach Mark Richt in December.
Whaley was rated as the nation’s No. 3 running back and the state of Texas’ No. 15 player, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Arkansas hopes that the former 4-star prospect can help fill the void of Collins, who was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft after rushing for 1,577 yards and 20 touchdowns last season.
Whaley will join rising sophomore Rawleigh Williams III and rising senior Kody Walker in the Razorbacks’ backfield in 2016.