Recruiting classes have an unpredictable value until the players actually have the chance to make an impact on the field.
With that in mind, SEC Country is taking a look at Arkansas’ first three recruiting classes under coach Bret Bielema (2013-2015).
Here’s how the stock of the 23 players the Razorbacks signed in 2013 has gone up, down, remained even or is still be to be determined.
Alex Collins, 4-star RB
Portfolio: A superstar in every sense for the Razorbacks, Collins turned out to be the best running back recruit in his class (former Alabama Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry was listed as an athlete). He rushed for more than 1,000 in each of his three seasons at Arkansas — joining fellow Razorbacks great Darren McFadden and Georgia Heisman winner Herschel Walker as the only SEC players to do so.
Collins left college with a year of eligibility remaining and could become the new starting running back for the Seattle Seahawks, who selected him the fifth round of April’s NFL draft, after the retirement of Marshawn Lynch.
Hunter Henry, 4-star TE
Portfolio: Like Collins, Henry turned out to be the best recruit at his position in the 2013 class and left Arkansas with one year of eligibility remaining. He won the John Mackey Award last season as the nation’s top tight end, was named a consensus All-American and was twice a first team All-SEC selection. An incredible 93 of his 116 career receptions went for a first down or touchdown during his three seasons in Fayetteville.
He was the first tight end selected in the 2016 NFL Draft — going in the second round at No. 35 overall to the San Diego Chargers.
Denver Kirkland, 4-star OL
Portfolio: Another player who declared for the 2016 NFL Draft after three seasons at Arkansas, Kirkland’s college career was much more impactful than his lack of being selected in the draft would suggest.
He started 34 games at guard and tackle in three seasons as he helped pave the way for Collins and protected former quarterback Brandon Allen. It could be argued Kirkland, who was signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent, should have stayed in college for his final season but his solid contributions during his time with the Razorbacks are undeniable.
Austin Allen, 4-star QB
Portfolio: Allen’s legacy is still to be determined as he takes over as the starting quarterback following a stellar career from his older brother Brandon. The redshirt junior has appeared in just eight games with 19 pass attempts. He was named the starter in April, a week before the spring game, so the coaching staff clearly believes in Austin’s capability to pick up where Brandon left off.
Brooks Ellis, 3-star LB
Portfolio: An unquestioned leader entering his senior season at middle linebacker for the Razorbacks, Ellis has started 28 games in his three seasons. He led the team and was ninth in the SEC with 102 tackles last season. He’s been an overachiever as a 3-star recruit and No. 24-ranked inside linebacker in the 2013 class from Fayetteville High School.
Carroll Washington, 3-star DB
Portfolio: Washington did not contribute much in his two seasons with the Razorbacks after joining the program from Hartnell (Calif.) Community College. He did make four starts as a senior in 2014 and had 35 career tackles. He was suspended for what would have been the final game of his career, the 2014 Texas Bowl, for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Reeve Koehler, 3-star OL
Portfolio: The redshirt sophomore spent last season on the scout team as Arkansas started one of the best and most experienced offensive lines in college football. It remains to be seen if Koehler can now have an impact on the field with three of those starters needing to be replaced this season.
Myke Tavarres, 3-star LB
Portfolio: He spent just one semester at Arkansas before leaving the program and transferring to Incarnate Word, an FCS program in San Antonio. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent after the 2016 draft.
Martrell Spaight, 3-star LB
Portfolio: Spaight turned out to be a star in 2014, his senior season at Arkansas, after transferring from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. That season, he was a consensus first team All-SEC selection and had a SEC-best 128 tackles — becoming the first Arkansas player ever to lead the conference in tackles.
He missed almost all of last season with the Washington Redskins due to a concussion and is preparing for a comeback in 2016.
Dan Skipper, 3-star OL
Portfolio: Skipper enters his senior season as a preseason third-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection by Athlon Sports. He has been a mainstay on the offensive line with 34 starts over three seasons playing guard and both tackle positions.
Since Skipper has been on campus, the offensive line has allowed the fewest sacks in the SEC three straight seasons. This season, he becomes the anchor for a unit replacing three starters.
Damon Mitchell, 3-star QB
Portfolio: Mitchell is a difficult case to evaluate as he’s changed positions twice during his time at Arkansas. He came in as a dual-threat quarterback before switching to wide receiver in 2014 and he’s now playing running back. Mitchell’s willingness to change positions for the betterment of the team is admirable, but he’s yet to provide an impact at any position with just one touchdown and 171 total yards in his career.
De’Andre Coley, 3-star DB
Portfolio: Coley has played in 24 games with 22 tackles in the last two seasons. The redshirt junior is yet to become a major contributor, but he could push for more playing time this season with the Razorbacks needing to replace starting strong safety Rohan Gaines.
Tevin Beanum, 3-star DL
Portfolio: Beanum registered 24 tackles and two sacks while starting eight games as a redshirt sophomore last season. He’s become a key contributor in the defensive line rotation — arguably the Razorbacks’ deepest position group.
Tiquention Coleman, 3-star LB
Portfolio: The junior college transfer from Georgia Military College never had a significant impact in his two seasons at Arkansas. He had just one start and six tackles in his career.
Denzell Evans, 3-star RB
Portfolio: Evans announced this spring he is transferring to Kansas. The decision came at a peculiar time after he had a game-high 43 rushing yards and two touchdowns during the spring game in April. However, with the addition of freshman Devwah Whaley and the presumed return to full health for Rawleigh Williams and Kody Walker, Evans’ chances for playing time in the fall likely would have been limited.
Korliss Marshall, 3-star RB
Portfolio: Marshall was dismissed from the team following the 2014 season after serving a suspension for a violation of university policy. Regularly described as an “explosive” player, his best highlight at Arkansas was a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 2014 against Norther Illinois. He is now listed as a redshirt junior at Eastern Illinois.
Melvinson Hartfield, 3-star WR
Portfolio: Hartfield redshirted in 2013 and never played for the Razorbacks as the left the program following that season.
Johnathan McClure, 3-star OL
Portfolio: A junior college transfer from Butler (Kan.) Community College, McClure arrived at Arkansas as a two-time JUCO All-American. He was a scout-team reserve in 2014 and left the team before the 2015 season.
D.J. Dean, 3-star DB
Portfolio: Dean has 16 starts at cornerback over three seasons and enters his senior campaign as the Razorbacks’ active leader in career interceptions with four. Dean, rated as the No. 92 athlete recruit in 2013, is entrenched as a starter in 2016 and has been an overachiever to become a mainstay in the secondary.
Alex Brignoni, 3-star DB
Portfolio: Brignoni was forced to retire due to injury just prior to his redshirt freshman season in 2014. He was one of there Fayetteville High School products to sign in the 2013 class along with Austin Allen and Brooks Ellis.
Ke’Tyrus Marks, 3-star DL
Portfolio: Marks has yet to crack the defensive line rotation in his three seasons, and is likely to spend another season primarily on the scout team as a redshirt junior in 2016.
Drew Morgan, 2-star WR
Portfolio: The diamond in the rough of this class, Morgan burst onto the scene as a junior last season with 63 catches for 843 yards and 10 touchdowns. He made his way onto the Biletnikoff Award watch list during his breakout season and has become a fan favorite in Fayetteville. As a recruit, he was rated as the No. 152 athlete and No. 12 player in Arkansas in the class.
Sam Irwin-Hill, 2-star P
Portfolio: The Australia native came to Arkansas after two seasons at City College of San Francisco and averaged over 40 yards per punt as a two-year starter. He provided one of the best highlights of the 2014 season with a 51-yard touchdown run off a fake punt against Texas A&M.