Before the recruiting dead period arrives on Monday, Arkansas will be very alive on the recruiting trail on Sunday.
Razorback head football coach Bret Bielema and his staff - who have five official visitors in this weekend - will be in the air early to get to various stops before the Dec. 14-January 13 dead period comes about.
That basically means that no in-person contact is allowed although written and electronic communications are still permitted.
“Our coaches hit the ground tomorrow for their last day of live recruiting,” Bielema said. “We’ll actually take three planes out across the country and kind of just disperse and hit all over the place.
“We can see seniors in high school and junior college players that don’t enroll in the mid-year. Busy day for us tomorrow.”
One of those stops for Bielema will be to see Beaumont, Texas, Central tailback Devwah Whaley for a home visit.
Whaley had committed to Georgia, but de-committed when Bulldogs head coach Marc Richt was fired.
Arkansas secondary coach Clay Jennings recruits Texas for the Razorbacks and is heading up Whaley’s recruitment.
He and the other Arkansas coaches have been on the road a lot in the past two weeks.
“It has been a great reception,” Jennings said. “We are doing a great job as far as getting in and seeing a lot of kids.
“The coaches within the state of Texas, where I primarily spend a lot of my time, love what we do and they love our brand of football.
“The more we can continue to get in there and build those relationships, the more we are going to be okay.”
The official visitors in Fayetteville this weekend include a quartet of Razorback commits in Pulaski Robinson tailback/wide receiver T. J. Hammonds, Star City defensive tackle Austin Capps, Smackover wide receiver Jordan Jones and Madison, Miss., Central tight end Grayson Gunter.
The fifth official visitor this weekend in Northwest Mississippi Community College offensive lineman Terrance Deion Malone, who is a mid-term graduate.
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The departure of Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman to Georgia certainly was a shock to Razorback offensive line commit Jake Heinrich of Urbandale, Iowa.
“It’s a bummer to say the least,” Heinrich said, “but I am still committed.”