Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss the importance of September, why a commit made a trip elsewhere and more.
September could be huge Arkansas’ recruiting efforts in Texas
Winning is always the best way to boost recruiting efforts. And winning big games against opponents from marquee recruiting areas can be particularly effective.
Arkansas has a perfect opportunity to do just that in September. The Hogs face TCU in Fayetteville this Saturday, and Texas A&M two weeks later in Arlington, Texas. Want to catch the attention of future prospects in a talent-rich state such as Texas? Well, beating two of the top programs in the Lone Star State would be a great start.
It also helps both games are likely to be played in front of a large national audience. The TCU game is already set for a 2:30 p.m. CT (3:30 p.m. ET) kickoff on CBS. The Southwest Classic against Texas A&M is bound to be picked up by either CBS or ESPN.
The Hogs are already gaining a much stronger recruiting presence in Texas with the 2018 class compare to recent years. Arkansas’ four commits from the state are all listed among the top 27 recruits from the Dallas area according to SportsDayHS.
There’s also a potential window of opportunity in Texas as it looks like Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M may be in for a down season after rough opening-week losses. If Arkansas wants to impress recruits in the state, particularly in the 2019 class, the opportunity to gain their attention is now.
CB commit Byron Hanspard II visits Texas Tech
Arkansas commitments, in most cases, don’t take visits to other schools. At least not if they want to remain committed.
So understandably, questions were raised about 2018 cornerback commit Byron Hanspard II visiting Texas Tech last weekend. However, he was not in Lubbock for the Red Raiders’ season opener because he’s considering a de-commitment.
Instead, he was on campus because his father, former Texas Tech running back Byron Hanspard Sr., was being inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame. His younger brother, 2019 wide receiver Bryon Hanspard, also made the trip and does have interest in Texas Tech.
Byron Hanspard II attends DeSoto (Texas) High School and is rated a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports composite. He committed to the Razorbacks in March.
— Byron Hanspard II (@bjhanspard94) September 5, 2017
Commits Bumper Pool, Connor Noland will be among visitors for TCU game
Arkansas will have two of its best recruiters on campus this weekend — 2018 commits Connor Noland (QB) and Bumper Pool (LB).
The 4-star commits were the first two players to pledge to Arkansas in the class. They have been instrumental in helping sell the Hogs to other top prospects.
Both of them being on campus could go a long way toward possibly landing some future commitments. Last November, the pair built a relationship with Hanspard on his first visit to Fayetteville. That connection certainly played at least a minor role in helping secure his commitment.
Who could be the next prospect they help lure to Arkansas? Likely a player in the 2019 class. Because the Razorbacks’ 2018 class is nearly full — only two scholarship spots remain available — the staff is beginning to shift focus to the next recruiting cycle.
Here are a few of the top 2019 prospects expected to be on campus this weekend:
- 3-star DE Collin Clay, Putnam City (Oklahoma City)
- 3-star LB Darin Davenport, Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside
- 4-star WR Devonta Lee, Amite (La.)
As for the 2018 group, Noland is patiently awaiting his chance to help bring in some final pledges.
“Right now, it’s kind of just like we have a couple more spots and the coaches are deciding who they want,” Noland recently told SEC Country. “I’m just kind of waiting for them to give me the heads up and say, ‘Hey, we want this guy.'”
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