2017 Arkansas Razorbacks Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Arkansas Razorbacks Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Arkansas Razorbacks Recruiting Class Overview
It’s as if Bret Bielema and his staff were able to pick and choose a few key offensive players who have to hit and hit big, and then loaded up with as many good defensive players as possible to try keeping down opposing passing games.
For the offensive side, Chase Hayden has the flash and skills to be Bielema’s great new running back, while the run of amazing tight ends should continue with Jeremy Patton. The same goes with his top receiver, Brandon Martin, a 6-4, 220-pound matchup nightmare who should be the team’s No. 1 target in a few years.
Did Bielema get his normal array of massive human beings for his offensive line? He got a couple, and he came up with a few live bodies for the defensive front seven, but no special prospects. Again, the stars are on the offense, and the strength-in-numbers part of the program is on the …
The Arkansas Razorbacks Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive backs. The Hogs are bringing in plenty of prospects for the secondary. They come in various shapes and sizes, with the safeties the best options. Montaric Brown is one of the SEC’s better defensive backs coming in, while Kamren Curl is a big hitter with speed. Jordan Curtis is a good-sized corner, while Jarques McClellion can move. There are also a few good versatile athletes who’ll be tried out over the next few years at wideout along with getting a shot in the secondary.
The Star of the Arkansas Razorbacks Class Is …
RB Chase Hayden, 5-10, 190, Collierville, TN – Being the lead running back in the Arkansas offense is a glamour gig, and Hayden has the upside to grind out plenty of yards beyond his measureables. He’s not all that big, and he’s not going to blast through anyone or blow off anyone’s doors with his speed, but he’s a crafty, smart runner who could turn into a third down star. He’s not for everyone, but Michigan, Tennessee and Florida wanted him.
The Arkansas Razorbacks Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Receiver. The defensive front loses three starters, and the kicking game loses punter Toby Baker and PK Adam McFain, but the key issue will be finding pass catchers. Top wide receivers Drew Morgan and Keon Hatcher are finished after combining for 109 catches for 1,482 yards and 11 scores, and also gone are top tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, Dominique Reed, and Cody Hollister, meaning five of the top six wide receivers and tight ends have to be replaced.