Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting class.
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There’s a whole lot to get excited about. After years of mediocre recruiting, Arkansas had come up with a killer under Chad Morris. It did, mostly because he got lots and lots of bodies. No, it doesn’t mean the Hogs need to make plans for Atlanta and the SEC Championship any time soon, but it was a potentially huge step forward in the rebuild.
Under Bret Bielema, the Hogs had a few nice fringe top 25 classes, but last year was a problem with the coaching change. This year’s haul is good enough to be somewhere around the top 20. But more than that, it’s a strength-in-numbers class. Arkansas needed the numbers.
After going 2-10, it was an easy pitch for Morris. 1) Come to Arkansas, and be right in the mix for a starting job right away. 2) Be part of an emerging offense that’s going to wing it around the yard once the pieces are there.
Did Morris get the pieces? Yeah, because he had too. Last year’s class was way too light on the receivers – only getting one – but this time around he landed a bunch, including Treylon Burks and Trey Knox. Morris recruited to a type … BIG. He got a bunch of NBA small forwards at receiver.
The offensive line underwent an overhaul, too. There might not be any superstar prospects for the line, but there are enough to prospects to hope for a few to fill in and shine in the near future.
The quarterback situation is interesting. Connor Noland was the good get from last year’s class. Now, with Cole Kelley and Ty Storey transferring out, the pressure is on. That also means that KJ Jefferson will get a big look from from this class. The 6-3 playmaker out of Mississippi got offers from Ole Miss, Missouri and Georgia, but he might the Arkansas main man right away.
The defense got a little bit of love, too, especially at tackle. Morris signed just one guy for the defensive interior last year, and this time around he came up with three. The pass rush also got a whole lot of help, loading up on several 6-4ish, 230-poundish, ready-made defensive ends.
Burks, Knox and Jefferson are the stars of the class, but watch out for Hudson Henry. The brother of Hunter Henry has the talent to be a volume pass catcher at tight end after beefing up a bit.
The entire recruiting process might be overrated, but in this case, the class is going to provide a whole lot of hope. After the miserable 2018 season, there’s a positive direction now.