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Bielema’s miniseries a boost in recruiting
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema took some time to discuss the advantages of his reality show “BEING Bret Bielema” while addressing the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday.
Among the positives mentioned by Bielema was recruiting. The show, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Razorbacks coach, has given high school prospects an opportunity to better see Bielema’s everyday life and personality.
“I had a situation over the weekend … I was messaging our top-priority kids, and there was a kid who reached out to me who is committed to another … an enemy,” Bielema said. “He said, ‘Coach, I love the show. My mom and dad and I were watching it and we figured we’d better take a closer look. Maybe we rushed to a quick decision.’ He’s the No. 1 guy in his position on our board. I know in recruiting, it’s had a huge effect.”
The series has aired episodes over the past two weeks on ESPNU, with two more remaining on Aug. 24 and Aug. 31, which will air at 8 p.m. CT.
The first four episodes, which aired during the spring, can be viewed on BeingBretBielema.com.
The miniseries is produced by Sports Talk with Bo and JM Associates. Executive producer Bo Mattingly is a popular Arkansas sports talk radio host.
Highlights from wide receiver commit’s scrimmage
Arkansas wide receiver commit Koilan Jackson got the first live action of his senior season Monday night in a scrimmage at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Jackson put on a show with 3 catches — all for touchdowns — while also taking some snaps at quarterback and showing off his arm. He is in his first season playing primarily wide receiver at Joe T. Robinson High School (Little Rock) after previously playing quarterback at Parkview High School (Little Rock).
The highlights from the scrimmage are below. The final play of the clip shows 2018 WR/DB Nathan Page, who has received interest from the Razorbacks, making a one-handed catch on a pass from Jackson.
Coming from far and wide
The study provides a good indication of a number of recruiting factors, including the average distance from each player’s hometown to his current school. This shows which schools have the most talent readily accessible to them, and which have to scour the country for players.
Arkansas players have an average distance of 409.78 miles from their hometown to Fayetteville. That’s the third farthest in the SEC behind Mississippi (494.26) and Missouri (417.74), and 57th nationally.
The study also showed that Arkansas as a state produces 0.83 percent of the talent at the FBS level, tied for 30th nationally, with 114 Natural State natives playing at FBS programs.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.