Join us here at SEC Country for the “Calling the Hogs” notebook, providing insight on all the latest Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting news.
Bielema, assistants take advantage of new Twitter rules
Starting Aug. 1 at midnight, college football coaches officially became allowed to endorse and republish prospects on Twitter as a result of NCAA proposal 2015-48.
Tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. was the first Razorbacks coach to take advantage of the new rule by retweeting the commitment of Jeremy Patton, who announced via Twitter on June 17. Offensive line coach Kurt Anderson, offensive coordinator Dan Enos and defensive line coach Rory Segrest were also among the assistants to take part in retweeting unsigned recruits.
Head coach Bret Bielema joined the fun later Friday by retweeting all 19 of Arkansas’ 2017 commitment announcements and 2018 quarterback commit Connor Noland.
While coaches can like and retweet recruits, they cannot tag a recruit in a post or retweet a recruit currently on an official visit.
Missing out on TE target doesn’t hurt class
The Razorbacks apparently have missed out on 2017 tight end target Kedrick James, who announced his commitment to Alabama on Sunday evening.
The 6-foot-6, 250-pound prospect from La Vega High School (Waco, Texas) had Arkansas and Michigan in his final three along with the Crimson Tide. James, a 3-star recruit and the No. 12 tight end nationally, visited Fayetteville last Thursday. James also was visiting family in Fayetteville and was never believed to be seriously considering the Razorbacks.
Losing out on James isn’t a big miss for the Razorbacks, who already have Patton committed to the 2017 class. Patton is a 4-star prospect and the No. 1 junior college tight end in the class from Arizona Western. He is capable of contributing immediately.
With eight tight ends on the roster and only starter Jeremy Sprinkle graduating, landing a second tight end in the 2017 class isn’t mandatory. The Razorbacks are pursuing a few other prospects at the position.
James previously was committed to Baylor before decommitting in late May after coach Art Briles was fired.
Defensive backfield taking shape
Arkansas loses starting cornerbacks Jared Collins and D.J. Dean, both seniors, after this season. The Razorbacks quickly have filled in those upcoming gaps with three 2017 commits — Jordon Curtis, Jarques McClellion and Korey Hernandez — projected to play cornerback.
How many more corners will Arkansas bring into the class? Junior college prospect Keisean Nixon, a teammate of Patton’s at Arizona Western, and Boynton Beach (Fla.) High School prospect Endrickson Boucher reportedly have the Razorbacks among their final choices. Both are 3-star prospects, with Boucher expected to announce his decision on Aug. 12 and Nixon’s decision date unknown.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.