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Recruiting Texas a ‘huge point of emphasis’ for Arkansas
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema raved about the importance of recruiting in the hotbed of Texas during the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday.
The Razorbacks will play in the Dallas metro two of the next three weeks — Sept. 1o at TCU in Fort Worth and Sept. 24 vs. Texas A&M in Arlington — with a chance to potentially impress recruits in the area.
“It was something I really tried to target when I came here,” Bielema said of recruiting in Texas. “To have the Dallas Cowboys, to have Jerry Jones, one of the biggest Hog fans there is and his son Steven play here, just … that was a red flag for me right away about let’s put our attention right there. Let’s go to Dallas. Let’s go see what we can do. Now we’ve also obviously been into Houston, east Texas, not a lot in west Texas. But with the border state and everything it’s really been a huge point of emphasis for our coaches.”
The coaching staff will take the opportunity to see some prospects play Friday night, if time allows during the two September trips to the Lone Star State.
“We’ve got some (recruits) from down there in the state of Texas and hopefully if time allows and coach B feels it fits our schedule, we’ll be able to go out and see some of the guys,” wide receivers coach Michael Smith said. “But our main priority is to go out and take care of the games. If we take of the games, the recruits will come.”
Bielema added that seven of the Hogs’ coaches will make trips to the Dallas and Houston areas during the bye week in late October.
“I think we’re beginning to see the rewards of that now and hopefully these games will give us a little momentum,” Bielema said.
Montgomery speaks highly of Arkansas
Cornerback prospect Ken Montgomery recently had some positive things to say about Arkansas after receiving an offer from the Razorbacks last week.
“I think Arkansas is very well-rounded team,” Montgomery recently told Rivals.com. “I think they can help me in the near future, helping me become a better man and football player.”
Montgomery (6-2, 165) is a 4-star recruit in the 2018 class from Hillsboro High School (Tampa, Florida).
Hogs offer 4-star defensive back Tutt
Arkansas extended an offer to Thomson (Ga.) High School 2018 4-star defensive back Christian Tutt on Tuesday.
— King Tutt (@cblacks500) September 7, 2016
Tutt (5-foot-10, 185 pounds) is the No. 14 cornerback and No. 97 prospect overall in the class. He has reported offers from several top programs, including Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State.
Through three games in his junior season, Tutt has 26 tackles and 3 passes defended.
Hogs offer 2018 WR Major
Arkansas has entered the race for Penn Hills High School (Pittsburgh, Pa.) wide receiver Julian Major by extending an offer. Major made the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday.
The 6-1, 185 3-star prospect in the 2018 class has reported offers from 10 FBS schools, including Boston College, Iowa State, Kentucky, Penn State, Pitt and Wisconsin.
— 〽️Julian Major〽️ (@Gboy_600) September 7, 2016
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