While some recent college football coaching changes were good for guys like head coaches Steve Sarkisian and James Franklin, it was not so good for their current players or recruits.
One of those is Tuscon, Ariz., Sabino offensive lineman Andrew Mike (6-7, 285), a Semper Fi All-American who thought he has his finalists all wrapped up – Washington and Vanderbilt.
"Here's a guy who has Washington as his top school and Vanderbilt as his number two and next thing you know both of those coaches have moved on to other jobs," Sabino head coach Jay Campos said. "It threw Andrew for a loop and really it was like starting over for him again."
Arkansas, where Mike will take a visit this weekend, jumped headlong into the fray after the four-star prospect after those recent moves as did Florida and Oklahoma – two places he is scheduled to visit the following couple of weekends.
Razorback offensive line coach Sam Pittman visited Mike – who also has Washington and Arizona still on his list - on Thursday in advance of the weekend's visit.
"Andrew really likes Coach Pittman and knows how much success he has had in developing offensive linemen in college and sending them on the NFL," Campos said. "It is the main reason – along with Arkansas being in the SEC – that has him very interested in Arkansas."
The Razorbacks would love to add Mike to it's two currrent fourt-star offensive linemen pledges - Dallas, Texas, Bishop Dunne's Jovan Pruitt (6-5, 300) and St. Louis, Mo., Christian Brothers' Brian Wallace (6-6, 302) - as well as junior college signee Sebastian Tretola (6-5, 315).
"Andrew is a big guy, but also very lean," Campos said. "He weighs 285, but he will easily be 315 and keep his athletic ability once he gets to college and gets in a strength and conditioning program. He is already very powerful and that is just going to add to it."
Arkansas is expected to host several recruits this weekend including a trio of current pledges in El Dorado defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson (6-2, 320), Bentonville tight end Jack Kraus (6-5, 250) and North Little Rock tailback Juan Day (6-1, 215).
They will also host Florida prep defensive backs Cornelius Floyd (6-0, 170) and Lamont Simmons (6-2, 190).
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