Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss how the December signing period effects the Razorbacks’ coaching search and more.
New December signing period should accelerate Arkansas’ coaching search
Arkansas’ recruiting efforts are indefinitely in a holding pattern after the Razorbacks fired coach Bret Bielema on Friday.
The Hogs have 11 commitments in the 2018 class. The status of those recruits remains anywhere from still firmly committed to waiting until a replacement is hired to exploring other options. None has publicly de-committed, though.
Under the best-case scenario for Arkansas, that still will be the case when the Hogs hire their next coach. And because of the new December signing period for high school prospects, the commits shouldn’t be left waiting long to determine their future with a new coach.
Interim athletic director Julie Cromer Peoples said there is no doubt the Dec. 20-22 signing window has impacted other coaching searches. She did not comment specifically on how it would alter Arkansas’ search, but indicated it would be ideal to have coaches recruiting in the weeks leading up to the signing period.
“The signing day is important, but the weeks leading up to it and the activities during those weeks are equally as important,” Cromer Peoples said. “I do think it has had an impact, at least on how those schools who are in transition will go about their searches and the timing of their decisions.”
Cromer Peoples cited giving Bielema an opportunity to tell his players himself as the primary reason he was let go Friday night. Many of the players had plans to leave campus Saturday, so Bielema would not have been able to address the team later in the weekend. But she also acknowledged the effect on recruiting played a significant role in informing Bielema as soon as reasonably possibly.
“It was important because we had coaches who were planning to leave literally tomorrow afternoon [to recruit],” Cromer Peoples said Friday night. “The market is active and it has been active and it was important for us to get started as soon as possible in order to be a competitor within that market.”
The recruiting calendar is currently in a contact period. During this time, coaches can travel for in-home visits with recruits and their parents. The contact period will close Dec. 16. Based on what Cromer Peoples had to say, expect Arkansas to have a coach well before then.
2019 QB Ty Evans de-commits from Arkansas
Arkansas lost the commitment of 2019 quarterback Ty Evans on Sunday. He is the first recruit to publicly de-commit since Bielema’s firing.
Evans is a 3-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite. He attends Palmer Ride High School in Monument, Colo.
Evans has thrown for 3,318 yards with 39 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in 13 games this season. He will close his season at Palmer Ridge in Colorado’s Class 3A state championship game Saturday.
For more on Evans’ de-commitment, clink the link below:
ICYMI: Commits react to Bielema’s firing
In case you missed it, click the link below to see what some of the 2018 commits had to say about the firing of Bielema:
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