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.
Hogs’ recruiting to extend beyond Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas
Arkansas’ coaching staff is prepping to hit the recruiting trail hard with the Hogs entering a bye week following their matchup at Auburn (5 p.m. CT, ESPN) on Saturday.
Coach Bret Bielema had said previously the majority of the staff will head to Texas at some point during the week. Stops are also expected in Oklahoma and Louisiana. According to one assistant coach, there will be no limit to where the Hogs are willing to go next week.
“We’re going to be all over the country,” wide receivers coach Michael Smith said. “I haven’t sat down and booked anything, but we are going to get out and try to see a lot of the guys we have committed and some guys that we’re still very good and deep with. We’ll probably figure it out and have it all finished Saturday after the game.”
The No. 17 Hogs (5-2, 1-2 SEC) are hopeful a big road win over No. 21 Auburn (4-2, 2-1) will help boost recruiting momentum heading into the week. The coaching staff doesn’t often recruit in person while on the road during the season, typically opting to devote full attention to the current team, so the off week presents a chance to make a good personal impression during the season.
“It’s real important,” Smith said of recruiting during the bye week. “It’s coming at a good time in the middle of the season. Hopefully we can go into the bye week healthy and with a win so when we get out there we have a better product to sell. That’s always it for me is what I’m selling, and Arkansas is a tremendous product to sell. When you can sell wins, which is what a lot of these kids are about and what we’re about, it makes the job a lot easier.”
Stock rising for DE target Clemons
Interest is continuing to rapidly increase for Arkansas defensive end target Micheal Clemons as he received his 13th offer on Wednesday from Texas A&M.
From Cisco (Texas) College, Clemons (6-foot-6, 240 pounds) was recently elevated to a 4-star prospect and now is the No. 1 strong-side defensive end and No. 9 overall junior college recruit in the 2017 class.
Arkansas offered Clemons in late August. Oklahoma State, Kentucky and now A&M have offered since.
Clemons is a priority for the Razorbacks, who are in need of more defensive linemen in the 2017 class. Katy (Texas) High School end Ryder Anderson is the only defensive lineman currently among the Hogs’ 19 commits in the class.
WR commit Barkley to play in O-D All-American Bowl
Arkansas wide receiver commit Maleek Barkley has accepted an invitation to participate in the 11th annual Offense-Defense All-America Bowl. The game is set to be played in Atlanta the week of Dec. 26-31.
Barkley (5-11, 185) is a 3-star prospect who primarily plays running back for Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) High School, one of Texas’ top programs. Through seven games this season, he’s rushed for 646 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 10.6 yards per carry. He also has 18 receptions for 319 yards and 2 touchdowns.
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