Arkansas will host a football camp as well as a baseball regional this weekend. The Hogs also are likely to add a new football commitment.
It's a busy time in Fayetteville with Baum Stadium set to be site of a baseball regional with the Razorbacks the top-seeded team. In addition, the football camps will start on Saturday with the Elite Camp.
So June will be a very busy time in Fayetteville and Hawgs247 will be on hand to keep you covered of all the happenings. With that said, here's a look at three things I know and three more I think I know.
Three Things I Know
1. Elite Camp
There is a strong chance the Hogs have a fifth commitment before the camp even starts on Saturday. Reserve (La.) Riverside Academy 3-star running back Jeremy Gibson is very likely to commit to the Hogs. This would likely have happened on April 29 had Gibson been able to get to Fayetteville. Floods that weekend prevented Gibson and many others from making the trip to Arkansas. Gibson brings a lot of skills to the table and seems a perfect fit for what the Hogs are looking for in a prospect at running back. Ashdown (Ark.) 3-star cornerback LaDarrius Bishop will visit Arkansas on Saturday as well. He will follow that up with trips to Georgia and Mississippi State. Bishop is Montaric Brown's cousin. Brown, of course, is the 4-star safety from Ashdown who signed with the Hogs in February. Another prospect the Hogs are seemingly in good shape on and slated to be in Fayetteville this upcoming weekend is Waycross (Ga.) Ware County 3-star offensive tackle Jalynn Strickland. He plans to make a verbal commitment to the school of his choice on July 4. If he has a great visit to Arkansas the Hogs could position themselves to get their second offensive lineman on July 4 in the past three years. Jake Heinrich also announced for the Hogs on that day in 2015.
2. Van Horn
Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn didn't win SEC Coach of the Year, but he should have. The Hogs were picked by many to finish fifth in the SEC West this season. That was coming off a season that saw them miss the postseason in 2016. Then the Hogs lose Isaiah Campbell, Keaton McKinney and Cody Scroggins, all right-handed pitchers, prior to the season. And it wasn't just any pitchers they lost. Campbell was being prepared to be the Friday night starter in the SEC and McKinney had a ton of experience. That happens and then the Hogs lose third baseman Jared Gates for most of the non-conference season. That happens and the Hogs land the No. 4 seed in the SEC and then finish second in the SEC Tournament. I know the stuff is voted on before the SEC Tournament, but that doesn't matter. What Van Horn and his staff did during the regular season merited him getting that honor.
3. Allen the QB
SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic named his top five quarterbacks in the SEC and nowhere to be found was Arkansas' Austin Allen. While any list is just the opinion of the person putting it together and thus Cubelic's right to choose who he wants. However, one is also right to question exactly what Cubelic is basing his opinion on. Allen is considered by some to be the best quarterback in the SEC this fall. I don't know who is the best, but there's no way Allen isn't in the top five. While being a cranky old man here on Memorial Day, I will add that Alabama's Jalen Hurts shouldn't be No. 4 on the list. Most figure either Hurts or Allen are the best. Regardless of who is best not having Allen among the five-best quarterbacks in the SEC is puzzling.
Three Things I Think I Know
1. Hogs Can Host Super Regional
My prediction is TCU will not win the Fort Worth Regional. If they do as a No. 6 national seed they will obviously host a super regional. However, if Arkansas wins its regional, which isn't a lock, I think they will host a super regional. There's a very good chance Virginia can unseat TCU in Fort Worth. Also don't sleep on Dallas Baptist. Virginia is mad and feel they got hosed by Clemson hosting a regional and could very well go into Fort Worth and win it all. Of course the Hogs also have a tough road to advance. The three opponents are regional teams that take it personal playing the Razorbacks. Should be an interesting weekend in Fayetteville. Andrew Hutchinson will have you covered.
2. Former Hog
This won't win me any friends here, but I don't think Andrew Benintendi will win American League Rookie of the Year. Unless he cools off considerably New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge should be on pace to take that award. It doesn't mean that Benintendi won't be the better player over the course of his career, that is to be determined, but Judge is having a great season thus far.
3. Whaley Will Contend
If he stays healthy, sophomore running back Devwah Whaley will contend for the top rusher in the SEC. Whaley will assume a lot of the carries that would have gone to Rawleigh Williams III. In Arkansas' style of play and Whaley's talent then he should contend for top rusher in the SEC. The very-talented Williams led the SEC in rushing in the regular season last year. He would have been a candidate to do it again this year if not for the injury that forced his retirement. Watch out for Whaley now.