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Arkansas Hits The Recruiting Road Again

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson writes about where Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema and his assistants will be recruiting this weekend during the bye. This story is free and courtesy of the NWA Chevy Dealers. Click the banner to learn more.

On the road again.

Several of Arkansas assistant coaches had their bags packed before Wednesday’s practice and headed out to recruit after the workout ended.

After hitting the recruiting trail Monday and getting in practice Tuesday and Wednesday, the Razorback staff will use the rest of the bye week to hit it once again.

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema noted things have gone well so far with 14 commits even as the Razorbacks have started the season off 2-4.

“It is kind of interesting to be around the coaches that I was around, the recruits that I was around and the players around, it was a very positive feeling and not a negative one,” Bielema said 

Bielema noted that he would not be home on Saturday watching television, but instead would be watching some recruits play.

“On Saturday, I will be at a couple of football games watching some future Hogs on their game field Saturday night,” Bielema said. “That’s where I will be six of the seven nights this week, we will be watching football game in the evening.”

The Razorbacks have been or will be in Arkansas to see it’s four in-state commits - Hope defensive end McTelvin Agim, Pulaski Robinson athlete T.J. Hammonds, Star City defensvie tackle Austin Capps and Smackover receiver Jordan Jones - as well as Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, California, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri this week. 

D'Vaughn Pennamon

Arkansas secondary coach Clay Jennings will be at several schools and games in Texas looking at players with talent and great character.

“The one thing that we have to do is make sure we are recruiting guys with good character as well, too,” Jennings said. 

“I think we have got a good name and everywhere we go the reception has still been good. The thing that we can do to help our case is to win some more games.”

Some of the players Arkansas is expected to be seeing this weekend are a quartet of tailbacks in D’Vaughn Pennamon of Manvel, Texas, Devin White of Springhill, La.,, Devwah Whaley of Beaumont, Texas, Central and Kyle Porter of Katy, Texas, as well as  linebacker Jordan Carmouche of Manvel.

Pennamon is an Ole Miss commit that is planning on visiting Arkansas officially on the weekend of Oct. 30-Nov. 1 along with Carmouche.

Bielema will also be in to see Aransas linebacker pledge De’Jon Harris of Marrero, La., John Ehret and his teammate Ca’Ron Baham.

There’s also several other Louisiana targets Arkansas has been looking at in Razorback quarterback pledge Cole Kelley, Arkansas defensive tackle pledge Briston Guidry of Metairie Archbishop Rummel and wide receiver Isaiah Graham of Bstrop, La. 

Arkansas is expected to see several other Texas standouts including Razorback wide receiver pledge Kofi Boateng of Arlington Lamar, Lancaster athlete Tyrell Alexander, wide receiver Adewale Omotosho.

Some offensive linemen the Razorbacks will be in touch with are Arkansas pledge Jake Heinrich of Urbandale, Iowa, Coffeyville, Kan., Community College’s Brandon Autry and Riverside, Calif., CC standout Dwayne Wallace.

Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman has one lineman committed and would like to add three more.

“We need a tackle, we need a guard that can possibly come in here and play for us right away and obviously we need another developing center,” Pittman said. “If we could get two tackles and a center that would be great, but I would like to have a big ready-made guard as well.

“I think that we can get a center of the future. We are going to get three for sure, but we have some guys on our team that are pretty good like Johnny Gibson that we think can help in the future at tackle.”


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