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 on the 25 players the Razorbacks signed in 2014 has gone up, down, remained even or is still be to be determined.
- Previously: Revisiting Arkansas’ 2013 recruiting class
Bijhon Jackson, 4-star DT
Portfolio: Jackson has yet to make a significant impact in his first two seasons with the Razorbacks. However, it’s tough to say that’s a knock on him to this point as the defensive line rotation has become one of the deepest positions on the roster. The competition for playing time remains difficult, but the 6-foot-2, 333-pound junior will be expected to make more of an impact on the interior defensive line this season after playing in 13 games as a freshman and 12 as a sophomore.
Rafe Peavey, 4-star QB
Portfolio: The former high school Under Armour All-American came to Arkansas as one of the top 10 quarterback recruits in the class. With those short of high expectations, it’s a slight disappointment for Peavey to lose out on the starting quarterback job to Austin Allen.
On the bright side, Bielema said Peavey was Allen’s only competition last spring as they set themselves apart from the others in what was expected to be a four-man race for the job.
Peavey may get an opportunity to fulfill the hype if Allen struggles at any point this season. Otherwise, he may not have a realistic chance at the starting job until his senior season.
Brian Wallace, 4-star OL
Portfolio: This is a big season for Wallace with the Razorbacks replacing three starting offensive linemen from their stellar unit last season. He’ll get every chance to start, likely at one of the two guard sports, and his career at Arkansas will be defined by his ability to take advantage of it.
Jared Cornelius, 3-star WR
Portfolio: Rated as the No. 121 wide receiver out of high school in the 2014, Cornelius is trending toward becoming an overachiever in the class. He started six games last season despite missing four altogether with a broken arm. He displayed his ability as a versatile playmaker with three receiving and two rushing touchdowns. The Razorbacks are deep at wide receiver this season, but Cornelius is expected to be a significant contributor at slot and returning punts, which he has done for the last two seasons.
Juan Day, 3-star RB
Portfolio: Day appeared in just one game last season after suffering a torn ACL and played sparingly in the spring game. He’s clearly behind fellow sophomore Rawleigh Williams III and senior Kody Walker, and likely already behind freshman Devwah Whaley at running back.
Dwayne Eugene, 3-star LB
Portfolio: Eugene’s career hasn’t stood out much to this point. He played in certain matchups last season, starting one game and appearing in nine. Recruited by some as a safety, he’s put on 13 pounds during his time at Arkansas to better fit into an outside linebacker position. The Razorbacks would ideally like to find another linebacker to play more along with Brooks Ellis and Dre Greenlaw this season, and Eugene could be that guy. If he can’t become a regular contributor, Arkansas will be forced to play a nickelback regularly, much like last season.
Cornelius Floyd, 3-star DB
Portfolio: Floyd’s role decreased from his freshman to his sophomore year as he saw action in nine games as a freshman and just one last season. He was removed from the team this spring for reportedly failing to meet academic standards before eventually making his way back this summer. He’s not expected to be a regular contributor this season.
Khalia Hackett, 3-star DB
Portfolio: Hackett has appeared in 24 games in two seasons with minimal impact. Recruited primarily as a defensive back, he could eventually become a more regular contributor at outside linebacker, which he has failed to do to this point.
Jake Hall, 3-star DE
Portfolio: Transitioned from defensive end to tight end last season after redshirting as a freshman. He spent last season adjusting to his new position while standouts Hunter Henry and Jeremy Sprinkle starred at tight end. He’ll have to show significant stridesto gain playing time with Sprinkle back this season and 4-star junior college recruit Jeremy Patton committed to the 2017 class.
Cole Hedlund, 3-star K
Portfolio: Hedlund earned the starting kicking job last season after redshirting as a freshman. His first season as the starter came with heavy criticism as he made just 60 percent of his field goals (9 of 15) and made only one of his five attempts from beyond 27 yards. He also missed kicks in three of the Razorbacks’ five losses. Hedlund is expected to handle the kicking duties again in 2016, but improvement is a must to get back in the good graces of Arkansas fans.
Jack Kraus, 3-star TE
Portfolio: Kraus is one of several tight ends on the roster competing for playing time behind starting senior Jeremy Sprinkle this season. Kraus played in 11 games last season, primarily on special teams, and 2016 becomes his first realistic opportunity at playing time in the offense.
Christopher Murphy, 3-star DB
Portfolio: Murphy enrolled early, but quickly transferred from Arkansas in May of 2014. He ended up at Cincinnati, where he is listed a junior cornerback heading into this season.
Jovan Pruitt, 3-star OL
Portfolio: A 6-foot-6, 290-pound prospect out of high school, Pruitt signed but never enrolled at Arkansas after failing to meet the academic requirements. He went to Trinity Valley Community College where he planned to spend three semester before enrolling at Arkansas (Athens, Texas).
Frank Ragnow, 3-star OL
Portfolio: One of the stars of this class, Ragnow has played in nine games as a freshman and started all 13 last season at guard. He’s moving permanently to center for his junior season and is already listed on the watch list for the Rimington Award, given annually to the nation’s top center. Ragnow didn’t commit a penalty over the final nine games last season and didn’t allow a sack over the final seven.
Santos Ramirez, 3-star DB
Portfolio: Ramirez started three games last season, playing in 12, and was impressive with 22 of his 35 tackles being solo and one interception. He is the front-runner to start at one of the safety spots this season. The No. 70 safety in the 2014 class, Ramirez is exceeding expectations with the expectation that he’ll be an impact player on the Razorbacks’ defense this season.
Randy Ramsey, 3-star ATH
Portfolio: Few players have a more up-and-down two seasons under Bielema than Ramsey. He appeared in seven games, starting once, as a freshman and was praised for his versatility and athleticism. He was suspended from the team for his sophomore season due to academic reasons and was eventually able to rejoin the squad in the spring. He still has a long way to go to get back in good graces with the coaching staff and must sustain diligence in the classroom if he expects to gain any significant playing time.
JoJo Robinson, 3-star WR
Portfolio: Robinson was dismissed from the team in October of last season as a redshirt freshman for a failure to attend class, according to Bielema. He never made an impact with just six catches for 53 yards last season.
Henre’ Toliver, 3-star DB
Portfolio: Toliver has been solid as a versatile nickelback for the Razorbacks. He played in all 13 games last season with 10 starts. He had 55 tackles with 43 of those being solo, good enough for second on the team. He also ranked second on the team with eight pass breakups and had one interception. He’s expected to play a key role as a defensive back again this season.
Sebastian Tretola, 3-star OL
Portfolio: The junior college transfer from Iowa Western Community College was exceptional in his two seasons with the Razorbacks. He started the final 24 games of his career and earned at least an 80-percent grade in 10 of his 13 starts as a senior. Tretola is now with the Tennessee Titans after being selected in the sixth round of April’s NFL draft.
Armon Watts, 3-star DT
Portfolio: Watts, now a redshirt sophomore, spent last season buried on a deep defensive line depth chart. He’s not expected to receive much playing time this season with standouts returning and incoming on the defensive front. He’ll have a much better chance to make an impact as a junior.
Anthony Brown, 2-star DE
Portfolio: Brown appeared in three games a freshman before being suspended during the spring in 2015. He didn’t appear an any games last season and has since transferred from the program. He was announced as a signee in the 2016 class for Tennessee-Martin, a FCS program.
Kendrick Edwards, 2-star WR
Portfolio: Edwards was released along with Robinson midway through the 2015 season. He caught eight passes for 121 yards and one touchdown during his time at Arkansas. He reportedly transferred to Arkansas State, but is not listed on the current roster.
Cody Hollister, 2-star WR
Portfolio: For a 2-star junior college recruit, Hollister has been a solid contributor. He stared seven games as a sophomore, recording 13 receptions for 137 yards and one touchdown. He missed the majority of last season with a broken foot, but is looking to have a bounce-back season in 2016.
Josh Liddell, 2-star DB
Portfolio: Liddell has seen action in 25 games with 12 starts over his two seasons at Arkansas and is expected to be a starter at one of the safety spots again this season. The 2-star recruit from Dollarway High School (Pine Bluff, Ark.) has been one the bigger overachievers in the class.
Josh Williams, unrated LB
Portfolio: A bonus addition the class as an unrated prospect from Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, Williams appeared in the first 18 games of his Arkansas career before suffering a season-ending injury on Oct. 3 against Tennessee last season. Williams is still listed on the roster for his senior, and is hopeful to be cleared to play at some point in 2016. If not, Bielema has said he would like to hire Williams as a graduate assistant.