Arkansas didn't mind rattling some cages with its recruiting approach earlier this week, but really it was just a matter of showing in-state prospects how much they care according to Razorback recruiting coordinator Chris Hauser.
The Razorbacks put all nine of its assistants on the road on Monday as the spring evaluation period opened and got into 29 different schools.
During the day, Arkansa head coach Bret Bielema tweeted the following.
"Had some others in SEC worried about having all my coaches out on road today, but all is NCAA compliant," Bielema wrote. "Fun to rattle some cages."
Hauser noted that it was all a plan to bolster in-state relations and recruiting.
"It was fun," Hauser said. "We just wanted to make sure we showed our presence the first day even though we were back here finishing spring ball and a lot of teams had finished up last week. We wanted to make that point of getting out to the places that we said we were going to start out in – that is the state of Arkansas – and to show the high school coaches and the players that we feel can play here and win us a national championship that we really know how important they are and get in their high schools."
Hauser stressed Arkansas was not breaking a rule by having all nine assistants out on the road because it was not at one time – the legality of which was back up by NCAA's Tag Rule, something of which Hauser tweeted a picture.
"It's been there and I honestly it was not planned to make anything out of it that it did," Hauser said. "Everybody was kind of questioning it and all that, but it really was not to stir it up or anything. It really was just the plan that ended up happening.
"Any time in recruiting any publicity is good publicity, but it kind spiraled into that," Hauser added. "But it wasn't for show. We just really wanted to make sure we saw these guys and saw their coaches and let them know how important that was to us."
Arkansas will welcome in a bevy of unofficial visitors this weekend for Saturday's Red-White game – including big-time defensive tackles Josh Frazier (6-4, 332) of Springdale and Razorback pledge Bijohn Jackson (6-2, 320) of El Dorado.
"It is a lot of good looking kids and we plan on showing them this brand new building (football center) that is going up, have them be around our coaching staff and our families will be here – every one has moved here – so we will show them the family environment of the coaching staff and the players."
Hauser notes that Arkansas wants to make clear it wants to win with prospects from the state.
"You can't emphasize it (locking up the state) enough," Hauser said. "We really know how important they (in-state prospects) are year in and year out in us winning championships. We also know that it doesn't mean anymore to anybody else to play here than the kids that grew up in this state. We have to make sure those kids stay here and we get them to come here."
The Razorback staff will be hitting the recruiting trail for the next month.
"We can be out all way up until the end of May," Hauser said. "We have 168 contact days and we used nine this past Monday with being out with our tag rule, which was obviously part of the scuttle. Every thing was obviously legal and we just wanted to make sure that guys position-wise got to get in those schools that they know those kids are intending so we got in the planes and scouted the state with the other seven guys after the first two came off the road. (Arkansas assistant coach) Barry Lunney had a huge amount of planning in place before it and did a great job."
Arkansas has brought a ton of prospects on campus this spring and has chosen to do that individually or in small groups instead of big Junior Days.
"I think recruiting is about being intimate and being as personal as you can be and that just comes down to making sure," Hauser said. "You can't please everybody so that means you can't have 200 guys on campus and give them all that attention so we have just tried to break down as many individual visits as we can and personalize them as much as possible."
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Unofficial visitors expected in this week:
• Will Duncan, TE, 6-4, 230, Little Rock Christian
• Chris Jones, FB, 5-11, 250, DeQueen
• Juan Day, TB, 6-1, 210, North Little Rock
• Bijhon Jackson, DL, 6-2, 320, El Dorado
Other 2014 prospects:
• Kavin Alexander, CB, 5-9, 182, North Little Rock
• Brock Broughton, TB, 6-0, 190, Kearney, Mo.
• Jordan Dennis, WR-CB, 6-2, 170, Fayetteville
• Josh Frazier, DT, 6-4, 332, Springdale Har-Ber
• Davion Hall, ATH, 6-2, 185, Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau
• Aaron Hamaker, TE, 6-6, 260, Little Rock Catholic
• Jackson Morrison, OL, 6-2, 290, Maryville, Mo.
• Chris Murphy, CB, 5-10, 180, Kennesaw (GA) Lassiter
• DeAndre Murray, TB-CB, 6-0, 180, Springdale
• Sione Pelelei, TB, 5-9, 185, Gonzales (LA) East Ascension
• Josh Qualls, QB, 6-0, 175, Rogers Heritage
• Drew Smith, TE, 6-2, 210, Russellville
• Solomon Thomas, DE, 6-3, 255, Coppell, Texas
• Kirk Tucker, S, 6-2, 185, Tucker, Ga.
• Bill Weber, OL, 6-5, 310, Coppell, Texas
• Josiah Wymer, TE, 6-4, 260, Springdale
• Will Gragg, TE, 6-3, 240, Pine Bluff
• K.J. Hill, ATH, 6-1, 180, North Little Rock
• Zach Rogers, OL, 6-3, 290, Carrollton (Texas) Hebron
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