The Arkansas Razorback recruiting class of 2012 is holding steady with a Top 20 class as of this article. Truth be told, the next group of future Hogs are slowly moving up the rankings with each addition to an already solid class.
Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff, to include the newest members of offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and defensive coordinator Paul Haynes, are hitting the recruiting trail hard these days, ahead of the Hogs January 6 showdown with Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl.
The Razorbacks lost Juco defensive tackle Mike Pennel when he de-committed, after former D-Coordinator Willy Robinson was not retained. Pennel also expressed concerns about playing time. The Hogs also lost out on Pennel’s teammate, TE Blake Jackson, who chose Oklahoma St. Arkansas also has received word that Chicago, IL QB Robert Gregory, a former verbal pledge, has decided to re-open his recruitment. Gregory was being recruited as an athlete, not as a QB.
Arkansas has gotten some good news over the past week or two. Four-star Juco receiver Courtney Gardner (6’3” 215 lbs. 4.37) verbally pledged to the Hogs this past Thursday night. Gardner (Sierra CC, CA.) chose the Hogs over Alabama, Florida, USC, Oklahoma, Pitt, Florida State, and a host of other offers. Gardner’s pledge brings Arkansas’ current commit total back up to 20.
Petrino and staff are eagerly awaiting word from Los Angeles Harbor Community College 3-star DE Austin Flynn (6‘4“ 260 lbs. 4.6). Flynn reportedly had a great visit to Fayetteville a couple of weeks ago, and was close to a decision. The Piggies are also heavily recruiting Eastern Arizona Community College 4-star CB Mohammed Seisay (6’2” 200 lbs. 4.4). Seisay was also on campus for an official visit recently, and left Fayetteville listing the Hogs as his number one choice.
Arkansas is also prepping for two huge recruiting weekends in January, following the Cotton Bowl, and leading up to National Signing Day on February 1.
But the one player that is mentioned on every call-in radio show here in Arkansas, is Springfield, Mo. 5-star wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (6’6” 220 lbs. 4.4). DGB is the number one wideout in the nation, and the number one overall recruit on some recruiting boards. He is truly a freak of nature.
DGB has stated publicly that he is down to Oklahoma and Arkansas. Distance from home will be a factor, especially since Dorial’s younger brother is recovering from leukemia.
Fayetteville, Arkansas is closer to Springfield, Missouri than any other college town. Advantage: Hogs! Not to mention that Coach Petrino’s offense fits DGB like a glove, and Dorial has visited the Arkansas campus on numerous occasions.
There are still six and a half weeks before signing day, and numerous things can happen. It’s not uncommon for seventeen and eighteen year olds to change their minds at the last second, making some fans day, and breaking other fans hearts. Arkansas’ current crop is solid, and Petrino is filling some needs. Don’t be surprised to see the Hogs make a late surge into the Top 15 by the end of signing day.