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Coach Smith comments on LSU fan video
A humorous video recently posted on YouTube by “LSU DAD” labels Arkansas as poachers for coming into Louisiana and signing recruits to take back north.
The Razorbacks signed four players from The Boot last season with three more already committed to the 2017 class. The recruiting in Louisiana is spearheaded by wide receivers coach Michael Smith, a New Orleans native with vast knowledge of the state.
“I actually did see it today when our video guys brought it to me,” Smith said Thursday after practice. “I think that’s great for him to have that attention, and if he believes I’m poaching my own state then that’s what it is. I take it as a compliment. I do. They’re paying attention, that’s a good thing.”
LSU DAD jokingly suggests he helped Arkansas find recruits at New Orleans’ St. Augustine High School when he showed a Razorbacks fan where the school was located. Arkansas signed St. Augustine linebacker Giovanni LaFrance in the 2016 class.
“He doesn’t know that’s where my dad went to school,” Smith said. “I know them very well. They were also in the Catholic league, the league I played in.”
Tight end commit coming from strong JUCO for his position
Arizona Western tight end Jeremy Patton committed to Arkansas in June and is currently one of the most prized pickups of the 2017 recruiting class.
A 4-star prospect, Patton will have two seasons of eligibility at Arkansas if he sticks to his commitment and signs.
At least one player currently on the Razorbacks’ roster has a good idea of how Patton may transition into the offense next season.
Senior wide receiver Cody Hollister played at Arizona Western in 2013 before transferring to Arkansas.
“At Arizona Western, we used our tight ends all the time,” Hollister said. “For screens and all sorts of stuff. Same thing here with our rollout and (bootleg) passes. We get our tight ends involved a lot here and we did the same at Arizona Western with (E.J) Bibbs and my brother (Jacob). I’m excited to see what he’ll do here, because it’s not much of a transition as far as that goes with him coming from Arizona Western.”
Hollister’s brother and Bibbs both spent one season at Arizona Western before moving on to Division I schools. Jacob is a senior at Wyoming while Bibbs shined at Iowa State and is currently with the Cleveland Browns.
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