Arkansas-LSU: Breaking down the matchup by recruiting rating

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Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss how the Hogs stack up with LSU based on recruit rating.

Arkansas-LSU: The recruiting matchup

While recruiting star ratings don’t decide the outcome of games, they shouldn’t be totally ignored on fall Saturdays, either. If fans are wondering why their team can’t put pressure on the quarterback, maybe the answer is the result of facing two highly rated tackles. Or if the top wide receiver is struggling to get open, it could be easier to understand if fans know he’s matching up against a 5-star cornerback.

With this in mind, SEC Country will be looking at how Arkansas stacks up against its opponent each week based on star rating. Here’s how things compare against LSU, the Razorbacks’ opponent Saturday:


Not including specialists, the Hogs’ 22 starters ranged from unrated to 5-star prospects by the 247Sports composite as recruits. With 3-star recruits (15) leading the way, Arkansas’ star-rating average among the starters is 3.18.

Here’s the full breakdown of starters heading into the game:

5 stars (1)

  • DE McTelvin “Sosa” Agim

4 stars (5)

  • RB Devwah Whaley
  • TE Jeremy Patton
  • LG Hjalte Froholdt
  • RT Brian Wallace
  • NT Bijhon Jackson

3 stars (15)

  • QB Cole Kelley*
  • FB Kendrick Jackson
  • WR Deon Stewart
  • WR Jonathan Nance
  • C Zach Rogers
  • LT Paul Ramirez
  • DE T.J. Smith
  • OLB Randy Ramsey
  • MLB De’Jon Harris
  • MLB Dre Greenlaw
  • OLB Dwayne Eugene
  • CB Kamren Curl
  • SS Santos Ramirez
  • FS Josh Liddell
  • CB Henre’ Toliver

No stars (1)

  • RG Johnny Gibson

*Kelley is listed as the starter on the depth chart, though he has been limited in practice with a foot injury. Austin Allen, a former 4-star prospect, is healthy this week and could get the start.


LSU has an average star rating of 3.9 in its projected starting lineup. The Tigers have more 4-star starters (16) than anything and two 5-star starters.

Here’s the full breakdown of LSU’s projected starters based on its participation chart from last week:

5 stars (2)

  • DE Rashard Lawrence
  • CB Kevin Toliver

4 stars (16)

  • QB Danny Etling
  • RB Derrius Guice
  • WR Stephen Sullivan
  • WR Derrick Dillon
  • LT Saahdiq Charles
  • LG Garrett Brumfield
  • C Will Clapp
  • RG Ed Ingram
  • RT Toby Weathersby
  • NT Greg Gilmore
  • DE Christian LaCouture
  • OLB Arden Key
  • LB Devin White
  • OLB Corey Thompson
  • CB Andraez Williams
  • FS Donte Jackson

3 stars (4)

  • WR D.J. Chark
  • TE Foster Moreau
  • LB Donnie Alexander
  • SS John Battle

The analysis

This is another SEC matchup where Arkansas has less talent, at least on paper, than its opponent. The Razorbacks have had the lesser star-rating talent in their starting lineup in every SEC game this season (Texas A&M, South Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and now LSU).

As usual, the Tigers are especially stacked with talent on defense this season. Lawrence and Toliver are former 5-star recruits who are just beginning to play their best football at LSU. They present major mismatches as the Razorbacks aren’t strong on the offensive line or at wide receiver.

Arkansas’ offensive line is actually set to face one of its most difficult tests of the season. Along with Lawrence, Key, LaCouture, Gilmore and Thompson are among the best pass rushers in the SEC. Behind these players — all of whom were at least 4-star recruits — the Tigers are second in the conference with 30 sacks this season. That’s not promising for the Hogs considering they’ll enter the game having allowed an SEC-worst 28 sacks this season.

Among Arkansas’ starters, Agim is the only one to have received an offer from LSU. None of the Hogs’ six projected starters from Louisiana were offered by the Tigers.

Miss a previous edition? Find every SEC Country daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook right here.

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