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Does Les Miles getting fired help Arkansas in recruiting?
The recent firing of Les Miles at LSU potentially gives the Hogs a better opportunity with some uncommitted prospects who have the Tigers among their top choices. This is especially so because of the ability of Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith to recruit in Louisiana.
In the 2017 class, 4-star safety Todd Harris and 4-star defensive end Isaiah Buggs are prospects to keep an eye on. LSU was believed to be in the lead to land both.
Harris (6-foot, 180 pounds) recently told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman he’s been in regular contact with the Arkansas coaching staff. He told Spiegelman he was “speechless” after Miles was fired, and added that he didn’t expect it. From Plaquemine (La.) High School, Harris is the No. 3 prospect in Louisiana and No. 76 nationally in the class.
Buggs (6-5, 280), from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, is the No. 2 junior college recruit in the country. He told Spiegelman it was “time to start looking at things differently” after Miles was fired. The Hogs have pushed hard to remain in consideration for Buggs, who has primarily been looking at Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Mississippi.
As far as LSU’s current commits, it’s unlikely to see any significant changes as long as the current staff is intact. Interim coach Ed Orgeron played a major role in recruiting many of the Tigers’ commits. He had served as the recruiting coordinator since last spring, and has long been known as one of the best recruiters in college football. Orgeron said Wednesday that recruiting will be “fine” and he expects LSU to keep most of its commits.
If LSU hires from outside the program and there is a major staff shakeup, then Arkansas will certainly look to take advantage on the recruiting trail.
Have you seen Koilan Jackson this season? How does he look?
I haven’t seen 2017 Hogs wide receiver commit Koilan Jackson in person since his season started. I have watched his highlights, which I will include below, and they are impressive.
I’ve said on several occasions I think Jackson, from Joe T. Robinson High School (Little Rock, Ark.), is currently the most talented commit in the class for Arkansas. He’s made a seamless transition to wide receiver this season after previously playing quarterback. I think he’s underrated as a 3-star prospect. He’s possesses both exceptional size (6-3, 207) and speed. I consider him the 2017 commit that is most likely to make an impact as a true freshman next season.
I will be attending his game this Friday against Arkadelphia. I’ll have an update on him with video, so look for that on SEC Country.
What are the chances the Hogs can get any of the Michigan recruits they’ve offered?
Right now, it’s probably a long shot. But should Arkansas put together a season in which it wins 10 games and/or competes in the SEC West, that could change. It’s almost certainly going to take winning and competing for SEC titles to pull the prospects the Hogs have been recruiting from the heart of the Big Ten.
All of the Michigan recruits Arkansas has offered are in the Detroit area. Martin Luther King High School (Detroit) athlete Ambry Thomas and Cass Technical High School (Detroit) defensive back Jaylen Kelly-Powell are the most intriguing targets from the area in the 2017 class. Kelly-Powell and Thomas, who are cousins, told SEC Country this summer during a visit to Arkansas they’d like to attend college together and were impressed with their visit to Fayetteville. Still, even they remain a long shot. It’s yet to be seen if they’ll take an official visit this season, though both said this summer they planned to do so.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.