Dudley E. Dawson

Arkansas Coaches Hit Recruiting Trail

As the latest contact period opens, Arkansas's football coaches hit the recruiting trail Sunday night and will be out through Friday before getting back into practice for bowl workouts as they await an announcement of their destination.

After one day of watching everybody else work, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and his staff hit the recruiting trail running Sunday night.

Fresh off a 28-3 win over Missouri on Friday, the Razorback coaching staff joined the rest of college football in getting out on the road as a contact period opened that runs until Jan. 30.

“We’ll take this (win), got recruiting in this weekend, we had some recruits in today and it was big for us to have a game like that,” noted Bielema, who has 15 commits so far in the 2016 recruiting class. 

“We hit the ground running Sunday night, it’s live recruiting and myself and all my coaches will be out all week.” 

Arkansas coaches finished up the official visits of offensive lineman Garrett Bolles and Dwayne Wallace on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. 



Wallace will get a visit from Bielema and offensive line coach Sam Pittman on Wednesday and could be close to announcing a decision.



The coaches were scheduled to see two future Razorbacks Sunday night.

Arkansas assistant Barry Lunney, Jr., was slated to see Razorback tight end commit Grayson Gunter of Madison, Miss., Central.

Arkansas linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves was in to see Razorback linebacker pledge Alexy Jean-Baptiste of Pompano Beach, Fla., Coconut Creek.

Pittman is going in Monday to see Baylor offensive line commit Patrick Hudson of Silsbee, Texas.

The Razorback staff is set to visit at least a pair of running backs this week, beginning with Springhill, La., North Webster’s Devin White on Tuesday.

Arkansas is also expected to see current Georgia commit Devwah Whaley, who will have Texas in on Monday night.

Whaley is dealing with the firing of Georgia head coach Marc Richt and has not yet announced whether he will reopen his recruitment.

Lunney will be on hand to see Arkansas defensive end commit McTelvin Agim of Hope on Tueday while Razorback offensive coordinator Dan Enis will visit Arkansas quarterback pledge Cole Kelley of Lafayette, La., Teurlings Catholic on the same day.

Pulaski Robinson wide receiver/tailback T.J. Hammonds will see Lunney on Thursday.

Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith will make a stop in Metairie, La., on Thursday to see the Archbishop Rummel duo of Razorback defensive end pledge Briston Guidry and uncommitted cornerback Kristian Fulton.

The Razorbacks were expecting to have at least one official visitor on this upcoming Dec. 4-6 weekend with former Florida State defensive end commit Kier Thomas of Miami, Fla., Central set to be in Fayetteville.

But Thomas’ team is still in the state playoffs and that may not happen.



 Dwayne Wallace and Garrett Bolles take a picture together last weekend on their official visits to Arkansas

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