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Coach Bielema covers seven states
Arkansas’ coaching staff was out recruiting all over the country during the Hogs’ bye last week.
Coach Bret Bielema alone traveled to seven states. All the assistants made multiple trips throughout the week as well.
“It went good,” said linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves, who was known to be in Florida during the week.
“We got a chance to go check out some young guys and some of the guys that we’re recruiting right now for this class. It went pretty good.”
The Hogs entered the bye week coming of a 56-3 loss at Auburn. The lopsided outcome potentially having a negative effect on recruiting last week was something Hargreaves was aware of but didn’t sense it hurt the Hogs much.
“Bottom line is guys are going to do what they do regardless,” Hargreaves said. “Sometimes it has and effect; sometimes it doesn’t. I didn’t see any of that or feel any of that. I probably brought it up more than anybody else, because you know how it is. I figured I’d beat them to the punch. It is what it is. If they like Arkansas, they’re going to like Arkansas anyway.”
Wickline to visit Fayetteville
Jones County Junior College (Ellisville, Miss.) 2017 offensive tackle Kelby Wickline will visit Fayetteville this weekend as the Hogs host Florida (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS). Arkansas offered him earlier this week.
Wickline (6-foot-5, 281 pounds) has picked up several offers in recent months and has reported a total of 12 from FBS programs. Prior to attending Jones County, Wickline redshirted as a freshman at Texas-San Antonio in 2015.
He is the son of West Virginia offensive coordinator Joe Wickline, who had previous stops as a well-respected offensive line coach at Florida, Oklahoma State and Texas. Kelby played at Stillwater (Okla.) High School, while his dad was at Oklahoma State, but lists Morgantown, W.Va., as his hometown. The Mountaineers, who have offered Kelby, are expected to have the inside track for obvious reasons.
Official visit to Fayetteville this weekend ? ?⚪️ #WPS
— Kelby Wickline (@Kel_Wic10) November 1, 2016
Mbanasor commits to Texas Tech
Arkansas 2017 defensive end target Nelson Mbanasor announced his commitment to Texas Tech on Tuesday.
A 3-star recruit from Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, Texas), Mbanasor (6-3, 270) took an official visit to Arkansas in October. He was committed to Oklahoma State at the time, but de-committed the day after visiting Fayetteville. He then took visits to Texas Tech and Illinois before settling on the Red Raiders.
Defensive line remains one of the Hogs’ primary areas of need in the class. Katy (Texas) High School 3-star end Ryder Anderson is the only defensive lineman among the current 19 commits in the class.
— Nelson Mbanasor (@Nelson_Mbanasor) November 2, 2016
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