Bielema Updates Spring Recruiting Focus

Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema talks about the potential of adding another 2015 signee, a limited amount of scholarships for the 2016 class and how his staff will handle the start of this week before hitting the recruiting trail for the spring evaluation period that runs through May 31.

Since arriving at Arkansas a couple of years ago, Razorback head football coach Bret Bielema has stressed how he wants to sign the best 25 player in each recruiting class.

But during his Red-White post-game press conference on Saturday, he noted that is not likely to happen in the 2016 class because of limited room under the NCAA’s limit of 85 scholarships.

That came just minutes after he casually mentioned that he still made add to the 2015 class – in which the Razorbacks signed 24.

“You know our defensive line – I think we have eight players in there with the possibly of maybe a ninth depending on recruiting,” Bielema said. “We might have one more in the fall that might could help us.”

That potential 2015 signee could also factor in the numbers in the 2016 class, which currently has five commitments.

The Arkansas assistant coaches will hit the recruiting trail on Wednesday after some house-keeping the three days before according to Bielema, who as a head coach is not allowed by the NCAA to be out on the recruiting road in the spring,

“Monday and Tuesday we will go through and evaluate with our players and have meetings with them,” Bielema said. “We are going to look at our roster.

“I will take Sunday to kind of look at the numbers on where we are at and give projections on next year’s class.

“Next year’s class is probably going to be somewhere around 18 to 22 depending on what happens with some grades and eligibility issues.

“It is not going to be a full class, but one in which I really like how recruiting is going so far.”

Bielema has awarded scholarships to a few walk ons in the past and noted that may happen again, but wouldn’t until the fall.

“Not right now, but probably in the fall,” Bielema said. “There are some rules in the NCAA where I…if they are within the first two years, I have to use an initial (counter). It’s a lot of semantics that I have got to make sure we work through.

“That will be something in the fall where I think we will have a couple left over to use.”

Arkansas has already been out on the road for two days in the April 15-May 31

“We took advantage of two days,” Bielema said. “We went into Dallas and we put seven coaches in Dallas last week for a day. “We put seven coaches (this Wednesday) in New Orleans, actually six because we sent another guy in Mississippi.

“We have got 162 more days to use with our coaches.”

Arkansas-born country music star Justin Moore and Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema at a recent Arkansas baseball game.

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