The 2018 Arkansas Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Arkansas Recruiting Class Overview
Chad Morris hasn’t had any time to do any real work, and the Bret Bielema era being dragged out was a problem. The coaching change and all of the uncertainty crushed the class in the early signing period, but Morris got more time to work for the first week in February.
Eventually, Morris will need a slew of top receivers who can do what he wants for his high-powered passing game, but getting QB Connor Noland is a start – he’s an interesting baller who kept his commitment to the Hogs.
There aren’t a whole lot of big-time playmakers in the class, but they’re coming soon. This is going to be a sexy offense to play in.
The defensive side got the better players, especially on the line, and 6-0, 190-pound corner Ladarrius Bishop will be a starter very, very soon, but …
The Arkansas Class Is Heavy On …
The team needed more pass rushing options for the near future, and and it got them.
The commitment from 6-5, 260-pound Cortre Alexander out of Oklahoma was a good one – Texas wanted him – but Nick Fulwider has the bigger upside. The 6-6, 260-pounder is smart, tough, and can be a good run defender, and 6-3, 265-pound pass rusher Isaiah Nichols got away from several Big 12 schools to sign on.
The Star of the Arkansas Class Is …
LB Bumper Pool, 6-2, 215
Yeah, that’s his real name.
The Dallas native moves well, can play inside and out, and is almost like a big safety with sideline-to-sideline range. Bumper can be a thumper against the run, but he’ll likely be turned loose on the outside to do a little of everything.
Alabama, USC, LSU and Michigan all wanted him, but he stayed around with his commitment even after Bielema was bounced.
The Arkansas Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
There aren’t a whole lot of glaring experience holes on either side of the ball, but the whole team needs to be more dynamic. The secondary, through, has the biggest concern after losing two solid starters in CB Henre Toliver and safety Josh Liddell.
Bishop, and safety Myles Mason are both good enough to be expected to provide a little bit of instant depth, but the Hogs are going to be young no matter what.