Chad Simmons

Bielema Urges Newcomers To Be Ready To Play

Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema will have most of his 2016 signees on campus in the next two weeks and urges them to all come ready to play.

When the Arkansas signing class begins arriving en masse, one of the questions is always how many are going to see the field this season.

The 2016 season is no different with defensive end McTelvin Agim – who went through spring practice – and fullback Hayden Johnson are already on camps with all but a couple expected to arrive by the end of the week.

When asked which freshmen should come in ready to play, Razorback head coach Bret Bielema had a simple statement.

“I think every freshman,” Bielema said. “I have kids that come in and really surprise and they help us. Then the ones I thought was going to help us didn't help us. You get everything from A to Z.

“You've never been around them a 100-percent, you have never coached them and never found out their football IQ completely. A lot of times the limiting thing about a freshman playing isn't his physical ability, it's his mental. Can he handle the system, the change, the new Hoganese and the verbiage you have to have as well?  We don't want to ever put a young man in an academic situation where they might fail.

“If they don't have the maturity to help us handle a college workload in the class room in addition to what's going on on the field, I won't play them.”

As far a specific positions, tailbacks Devwah Whaley and T.J. Hammonds – who will also play wide receiver – junior college offensive linemen Paul Ramirez and true freshmen Jake Heinrich join wideout Jordan Jones in sticking out.

“I can't think of any position (where help might not be needed),” Bielema said. “Tight end, offensive line. I think our tight end (Gunter Grayson) is more of a developmental tight end. I think the running backs can help us.

“Wide receiver, I don't know if it's going to be needed, but I think Jordan Jones brings an element to the game that is very, very good. “

Arkansas has four linebackers all arriving in the next week with junior college cornerback Britto Tutt and defensive linemen Austin Capps and Briston Guidry close behind. 

“I will be surprised defensively if we don't have someone help us up front, a young linebacker core and I'm not ruling someone out on the back end,” Bielema said. “I wouldn't be surprised if someone at every position played.”

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Arkansas Recruit Reporting Dates:


May 28:

• Briston Guidry, DL

• De’Jon Harris, LB

• T.J Hammonds, WR-TB


May 29:

 • Tobias Enlow, WR

• Grayson Gunter.TE

• Tyler Hall, OL,

• Dylan Hays, OL

• Jake Heinrich, OL

• Alexy Jean-Baptiste, LB

• Jordan Jones, WR

• Cole Kelley, QB

• Giovanni LaFrance, LB

• Jonathan Marshall, DE

• Grant Morgan, LB

• Carson Proctor, QB

• Paul Ramirez, OL

• Dee Walker, LB

• Devwah Whaley, TB


June 1:

• Britto Tutt, CB


 June 3: 

• Austin Capps, DL


 June 4:

• Deon Edwards, WR


June 27:

• Kofi Boateng, WR


July 2:

• Connor Limpert, K

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