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Smith talks importance of beating LSU for recruiting Louisiana
Arkansas will take the field Saturday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) in search of its third straight win against rival LSU.
Such a streak could go a long way in helping the Hogs make progress recruiting Louisiana, according to wide receivers coach Michael Smith.
“That is something that we have been fortunate to have the last couple of years and hopefully we will be able to do that again this weekend,” said Smith of using a win over LSU as a recruiting tool.
“The thing about it is that it is just a big chip on your shoulder when you are able to compete against schools like LSU and do the things that we have done in the past.”
Smith, a New Orleans native, has been praised by coach Bret Bielema for his ability to recruit The Boot. Arkansas has 10 Louisiana natives on the roster and three committed for the 2017 class.
“Anytime we play a state or against whoever we play, if you are able to come home with a victory, it puts a little notch in your belt and young recruits feel good about your program,” Smith said.
2017 recruiting class snapshot
During the month of November, Trent’s Trough will provide a weekly glance at the Razorbacks’ 2017 recruiting class. Be sure to check each Friday to catch up on all the latest with the class.
Where the class ranks
The Razorbacks are No. 23 nationally and No. 10 in the SEC with 19 commits in the 2017 class. The Hogs have three 4-star commits and 16 3-star prospects. The class has fluctuated between 20-30 in the rankings since last summer when Arkansas gained the majority of its commits.
Here’s a look at Arkansas’ top committed recruits:
- 4-star RB Chase Hayden: Recently elevated to a 4-star recruit, Hayden is a supremely talented athlete with exceptional versatility.
- 4-star TE Jeremy Patton: Arkansas beat out Alabama, Auburn and others to land the commitment of the top junior college tight end.
- 4-star S Montaric Brown: The top in-state prospect from Ashdown (Ark.) High School already has deep connections within the program and appears content with his decision.
Here’s a look at Arkansas’ top remaining targets:
- 4-star CB Chevin Calloway, Bishop Dunne High School (Dallas): One of the top cornerback prospects in the class, he recently de-committed from Iowa and holds the Hogs in high regard.
- 4-star DE Micheal Clemons, Cisco (Texas) College: The Hogs have been all over Clemons the past few months as he’s vaulted up the recruiting rankings and is now considered a top-10 junior college prospect.
- 4-star OL Chuck Filaga, Aledo (Texas) High School: He has Arkansas among his top choices, but has yet to narrow his list to fewer than 10 schools.
- 3-star DT Javier Edwards, Blinn (Texas) College: His commitment to Florida hasn’t stopped Arkansas from heavily pursuing the 325-pound junior college defensive tackle.
- 3-star LB Thomas Johnston, Spanish Fort (Ala.) High School: The Hogs are in heavy competition with Auburn, Iowa, LSU and others to land Johnston, who took an official visit to Fayetteville last month. He recently set Alabama’s career tackles record.
The latest news
The Hogs have not had a 2017 commit since July 29 when 3-star offensive lineman Dalton Wagner became their 19th player in the class.
The most-recent offer was extended to Minnesota linebacker commit Kyrei Fisher, a 3-star recruit from Tulsa (Okla.) Union High School. Fisher, and several other key remaining targets in the class, attended Arkansas’ win over Florida last week. The Hogs are still looking to land at least one more linebacker in the class along with Louisiana prospects Derrick Munson and Josh Paul.
Preferred walk-on commit Audry Horn, a 3-star offensive lineman from Catholic High School (Little Rock, Ark.), reaffirmed his commitment to the Hogs last week despite receiving an offer from Arkansas State.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position and how many are likely projected to be signed at each position:
- QB: 1/1
- RB: 2/2
- TE: 1/1
- WR: 5/5
- OL: 3/5
- DL: 1/3
- LB: 2/3
- CB: 3/4
- S: 1/1
Here’s a breakdown of Arkansas’ commits by state:
- Arkansas: 4
- Louisiana: 3
- Florida: 2
- Texas: 2
- Alabama: 1
- Arizona: 1
- Georgia: 1
- Illinois: 1
- Mississippi: 1
- Missouri: 1
- Oklahoma: 1
- Tennessee: 1
More star power
Arkansas 2017 wide receiver commit Jonathan Nance was recently elevated from a 2-star to a 3-star recruit. The Razorbacks now have 16 3-star and three 4-star commits in the class.
Nance (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) is the No. 7 junior college wide receiver prospect in the class from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.