Arkansas’ football coaches have been putting in some double duty this week as they put in a day on the recruiting trail as well as guiding the current Razorbacks through a pair of spring workouts.
It’s been invigorating according to Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney, Jr., who heads up in-state recruiting for the Razorbacks.
He and five other Arkansas assistants were on the road on Wednesday, the first day of the spring evaluation recruiting period that runs from April 15th through May 31st.
“We started this two years ago when we came – we felt like it was important for us that first day out to get out and see our in-state guys that were a priority for us,” Lunney said. “Or guys that we had moved on and were involved with.
“That’s been good for us and we kind of did a form of that yesterday. It is always good to get a start and honestly it is kind of fun to cross over and do both.
“It is a little bit of a break from getting out the grind of spring practice. Like today, I think I came in with a fresh breath of air.
“Not that I hadn’t been excited, but it just changes your scenery up a little bit and you get a jump start on that spring contact period or eval period and you have a presence.
“We are just trying to have a presence in this schools and these areas that are important to us and we are off to a good start.”
The Razorback added a fourth commitment in the 2015 class on Saturday afternoon when Metairie, La., defensive tackle Briston Guidry pledged to the Razorbacks.
Arkansas coaches were on hand Wednesday to see the other trio of commits - Pulaski Robinson athlete T.J. Hammonds, Smackover wide receiver Jordan Jones and Star City defensive lineman Austin Capps.
They were also in to see Hope defensive end McTelvin Agim, the other in-state prospect that currently has an offer from Arkansas.
Another in-state prospect that the Razorbacks visited on Wednesday was Pine Bluff defensive end John Tate.
Some Texas prospects the Razorbacks visited on Wednesday were the Manvel duo of linebacker Jordan Carmouche and tailback D’Vaughn Pennamon, Trophy Club Byron Nelson offensive lineman Kellen Diesch, Sachse cornerback Jared Mayden, Houston Aldine Davis linebacker Jeffrey McCullough.
There was also the Arlington Lamar pair of offensive lineman Chris Owens and wide receiver Kofi Boateng and Houston Alief Elsik linebacker Dontavious Jackson.
There have been several prospects that have not received Arkansas offers yet that have spoken of the Razorback coaches mentioning they are doing their due diligence in recruiting.
"Obviously you do have to be due diligent in the state," Lunney said. "First, you have to be thorough to make sure everyone that has the potential you can identify with. You evaluate them thoroughly. You get to know them personally, their academics, whether they are an early offer, spring eval, camp guy or potential walk-on. We try to be diligent in that regard."
The Arkansas staff is especially cautious in terms of offering in-state players.
"When we put that offer down it's there to stick for awhile," Lunney said. "It's not where you pull it out from under someone. I think that phrase and term (due diligence) is pretty accurate. I think we're a little slower sometime to get involved because we want to be thorough.
"We want our offers to mean something. We want the offer to be real. We know some people out there are going to throw an offer out to test the interest and fish a little bit. Then the kid calls to commit, 'Well, we want you to come to camp or maybe we'll just hold off on that.'
“We talk to some kids and try to educate them that while Arkansas might be behind some people (in offering), but when we get there we mean it."
The Razorbacks – who basically can have 168 contacts during this period - will likely be out just one day next week and then dive headlong into the period after Saturday’s Red-White game on April 25.
"Obviously with the spring game coming up next week I don't think we're going to be out a whole lot," Lunney said. "Maybe one more day at best. Then we will be full go after the spring game. However many days we have, let's go."
Barry Lunney, Jr.
Arkansas Gets Jump Start On Spring Recruiting
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