Join us here at SEC Country for the “Trent’s Trough” notebook as Arkansas Razorbacks beat writer Trent Shadid provides the latest insight on all Hogs recruiting news.
Bielema leveraging tight ends development to Hogs’ advantage
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has a well-known history with effective usage of tight ends, a position that continues to fade in college football as spread offenses become more popular.
The Hogs’ usage of the position is a major selling point in recruiting for the team. During his weekly press conference on Monday, Bielema said he also cites the program’s development of tight ends to entice recruits.
While discussing the play of senior tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, Bielema mentioned he recently found some impressive numbers while doing recruiting analysis to find selling points.
“We’re going after a couple tight ends that we’re recruiting against everybody in the country,” Bielema said. “Statistically, what we’ve done here in the last few years as far as the tight end with receptions, touchdowns and obviously two guys in a row drafted and having a very good chance at three guys in a row drafted … it’s unprecedented.”
Bielema was referencing the New England Patriots’ A.J. Derby (2015) and the San Diego Chargers’ Hunter Henry (2016) as the recent draft picks, and Sprinkle as the expected future selection.
Arkansas already has Arizona Western College 4-star recruit Jeremy Patton (6-foot-6, 230 pounds) committed for 2017. He is the No. 1 junior college tight end in the class. Sources have indicated to SEC Country the Hogs would be willing to add another tight end to the class.
For 2018, the Razorbacks have shown interest in 4-star prospect Mustapha Muhammad (6-4, 230) from Ridge Point High School (Missouri City, Texas). Muhammad was a visitor of TCU for Arkansas’ 41-38 double-overtime win over the Horned Frogs earlier this month. He tweeted #WooPig after the game.
Kicking prospect makes visit
Allen (Texas) High School 2017 kicker Michael Ewton made an unofficial visit to Arkansas for the Razorbacks’ 42-3 win over Texas State last Saturday.
Ewton told SEC Country he came away impressed with the school.
“(The visit) went really well,” Ewton said. “I’m very interested in the school.”
Ewton has made all four of his field goal attempts this season, including three from at least 47 yards. He’s also the starting punter for Allen, which is widely considered one of the top programs nationally. Hogs freshman kicker Connor Limpert also attended Allen. Limpert currently handles kickoff duties for Arkansas.
If Ewton were to come to Arkansas, he almost certainly would join the program as a preferred walk-on.
Here’s a look at his highlights this season:
McClellion ‘loyal’ to his commitment
Arkansas 2017 cornerback commit Jarques McClellion will be making only one visit to a college campus this fall. That trip will be to Fayetteville, according to a report from Scout.com.
McClellion (6-0, 180), a 3-star recruit from American Heritage School (Delray Beach, Fla.), recently told Scout he is “loyal” to Arkansas and not interested in considering other schools. He announced his pledge to the Razorbacks in late June.
— Corey Bender (@Corey_Bender) September 19, 2016
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