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For this edition of Calling the Hogs, Arkansas writer Trent Shadid answers questions from the mailbag submitted by fans on Twitter, Facebook and via email. To submit a question for future mailbags, tweet to @Shadid13, message Trent Shadid on Facebook or email Shadid13@gmail.com.
A cornerback (Endrickson Boucher) with an offer from Arkansas recently committed to Florida Atlantic … how do the Hogs lose out on him?
Truthfully, Arkansas didn’t lose out on Boucher at all. He was offered by the Razorbacks in June after the coaching staff saw him at a satellite camp in Florida, his home state. Boucher, a 3-star prospect, could have committed then or at any point before Arkansas filled up its defensive backfield with the four commitments it has now in the 2017 class.
Once 4-star safety Montaric Brown committed in late July, the Razorbacks had an ideal number of defensive backs in the class. That’s not to blame Boucher, who hadn’t had a chance to visit Fayetteville between the offer and Brown’s commitment. But the simple truth is his offer from Arkansas wasn’t really on the table when he announced his commitment. It’s a tough situation for both parties.
Arkansas recently offered a recruit (Bryan Jones) who is already committed, Ole Miss … what’s the point?
Offering committed recruits is something that happens all the time, but it is often a case-by-case situation for a number of reasons. Maybe coaches feel a recruit’s commitment isn’t firm, or they have reason to believe extending an offer will benefit them in some way. Jones, from Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.), has also been offered by Florida and Georgia since he committed to the Rebels in May. It’s not as uncommon, as some would think, and every program does it.
It could also pay off during the season if the teams gets off to a hot start. If the Razorbacks look good and the Rebels not so much, that commitment could be a little more unsteady as Arkansas begins to look like a better option in the short term.
How does the future of the offensive line look with the new recruits coming in?
The offensive line is in solid shape for the 2017 class. Kirby Adcock, Shane Clenin and Dalton Wagner, all 3-star prospects, are all committed and have told SEC Country they’re locked into Arkansas 100 percent. Audry Horn, another 3-star recruit, announced he’s accepted a preferred walk-on spot and said he will not waiver from the Razorbacks.
play if needed.They’ll probably look to add one more offensive lineman in the class, and it’ll likely be someone at the junior college level who can come in and immediately play if needed.
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