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.
Recruiting after a big loss far from ideal
Arkansas’ coaching staff was hopeful the Hogs could get a road win against Auburn and go recruit during the bye week with the momentum of consecutive victories over Top 25 opponents.
“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,” wide receivers coach Michael Smith said last week.
Well, if that’s true, a 56-3 shellacking at the hands of the Tigers certainly isn’t going to make the job any easier this week.
Thankfully for the Razorbacks (5-3, 1-3 SEC), recruits often are not nearly as reactionary to one loss as fans. But losing to three SEC West opponents by at least three scores already this season undoubtedly is not helping Arkansas gain much ground with many elite prospects.
The Hogs coaching staff is expected to make trips all over the country throughout the week. Some will be to see one of the 19 already-committed prospects in the 2017 class and others to visit targets for that class and beyond.
The off week is incredibly important to Arkansas’ in-season recruiting efforts. The staff often opts to focus full attention to the current team and not often make many in-person trips to see recruits during game weeks. Stick with SEC Country for any updates from those visits throughout the week.
Matchup of top commits set for Friday
Joe T. Robinson (Little Rock, Ark.) High School is set to host Ashdown (Ark.) High School this Friday at 8 p.m. ET in game that will feature a pair of 2017 Arkansas commits and several other targets.
The 2017 commits — 3-star Robinson wide receiver Koilan Jackson and 4-star Ashdown defensive back/wide receiver Montaric Brown — will be the main attractions. Jackson recently told SEC Country the two have become friends and are looking forward to competing against each other.
The 2018 group in this matchup also features prospects the Hogs have their eyes on. For Robinson, 4-star wide receiver/defensive back Nathan Page is considered one of the highest priorities for Arkansas in the class. The Hogs also have shown interest in Robinson tight end/linebacker Hunter Swoboda, and Ashdown 3-star wide receiver/cornerback LaDarius Bishop and 3-star quarterback Jaden Hill.
RB commit Hayden breaks 1,000-yard mark
Arkansas 2017 running back commit Chase Hayden eclipsed 1,000 yards for the season as he rushed for 213 yards and 2 touchdowns on 23 carries for St. George’s Independent School (Collierville, Tenn.) last Friday.
Hayden now has 1,178 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground through nine games. He was recently elevated to a 4-star recruit and is rated as the No. 4 all-purpose back in the class.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.