Think the Alabamas, LSUs, Floridas and Georgias are the only SEC schools that routinely attract elite talent? Well, throw Arkansas into the mix too. In the past 10 years worth of No. 1 recruits, the Razorbacks have had a few good ones.
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Keep in mind, our SDS Grades are based on whether the kid lived up to his tremendous potential by succeeding on the field and for the most part avoiding trouble off of it–we’re not grading our media brethren’s prognostications. When an athlete receives a top rating from a recruiting service, that means analysts and coaches feel the prospect is athletically gifted enough to succeed, whether he does or not is mostly up to him.
Here’s a look back over the last 10 years at who was the No. 1 ranked recruit coming to the program—and also how they panned out, career wise.
|YEAR||NO. 1 RECRUIT||POS||NAT RANK||HOW’D THEY TURN OUT?||SDS GRADE|
|2013||Alex Collins||RB||41||So far? Excellent. 1,000-yard rusher as true Fr.—huge future ahead||A|
|2012||Jonathan Williams||RB||181||Joined with Collins to provide quite a RB tandem; 900 yds rushing in 2013||B|
|2011||Brey Cook||OL||82||Played in just about every game since true Fr. season; started all 2013||B|
|2010||Calvin Barnett||DT||166||Went JUCO route and has gone on to star at Oklahoma State||Inc.|
|2009||Darius Winston||DB||24||Solid four-year contributor; signed free agent NFL contract||B|
|2008||De’Anthony Curtis||RB/DB||87||Didn’t quite pan out, but did contribute some on off. and def.||C|
|2007||D.J. Williams||TE||n/a||Rated No. 9 TE in nation coming in, then flourished; went fifth rd. to NFL||A|
|2006||Mitch Mustain||QB||7||Was 8-0 as true freshman starter, then transferred to Southern Cal||A(*)|
|2005||Darren McFadden||RB||32||Went No. 4 overall in 2008 NFL draft; Heisman runner up two years||A+|
|2004||Peyton Hillis||FB||97||Went in seventh round of 2008 NFL draft; solid college and NFL career||A|
(*) – We feel as though Mustain played well at Arkansas in 2006 and his transfer was political for a lot of reasons. But his play on the field was solid. If he had been allowed to continue starting, who knows where his career may have gone with Gus Malzahn calling plays. His stay at Southern Cal wasn’t quite as good though.
NOTE: Rankings based on 247Sports composite rankings—which were done retroactively within the past year, taking the average of all four services.