If anyone gets that, the new Arkansas coach does. Bielema described himself as a defensive lineman "trapped in an offensive line body" at Wednesday's signing day media briefing before he described Denver Kirkland, Reeve Koehler and Dan Skipper as his "big" targets in his two months on the job. Juco transfer John McClure, another massive linemen, enrolled at midterm.
The 6-10 Skipper is listed as an offensive tackle. Kirkland played tackle in high school, but will probably join Koehler at guard with the Razorbacks. It was about relationships with new UA coaches Sam Pittman, Jim Chaney and Randy Shannon for the three "big nasties" in the 2013 class.
Pittman and Chaney had Skipper and Koelhler committed at Tennessee and used that relationship to flip them to the Hogs when they changed jobs. Shannon's ties in Miami helped the Hogs win Kirkland away from Florida State with his live ESPN announcement Wednesday morning.
"I definitely think line play is critical," Bielema said. "Everyone talks about the wide receivers and the defensive backs, all the pretty guys on the edges. But it's what happens up front. "We went after offensive linemen this year. It wasn't so much about defensive linemen because I think we are set there for next year."
Chaney, the offensive coordinator coach, has two new quarterbacks in the new class to make him happy. But he was gushing about the line additions.
"We have a head coach who gets trench warfare," Chaney said. "With the spread there are some things you can do in space to help yourself in today's game as far as tempo and matchups. But, at the end of the day, it's about who can protect the guy standing back there.
"Getting Kirkland, ain't that fun to get that big guy. To play competitive football in the SEC is hard. It's been my experience that it's hard to find tackles like him. Those tackles are so valuable.
"It meant everything to get Kirkland today. Pittman and Shannon worked so hard. Now we just need to get Pittman to coach them."
Chaney is not worried. He picked Pittman to follow him from Tennessee when Bielema asked him for O-line recommendations. Pittman got a lot of credit for fine tuning a good UT offensive line in just one season.
"Chaney and the guys before me played those guys as freshman, three or four of them, too," Pittman said. "I benefited from that. And these guys are very talented, so we could play them next year. "If the guys we are returning are good, it could take them longer. But those three, they are going to play a lot of games here."
Center Travis Swanson, the bell cow of the returnees, was a big help in the recruiting process.
"We've got good kids in what we have coming back," Pittman said. "I know they are going to do well with our strength program and they are going to have 15 more practices than the new guys. Swanson is a great one. He worked hard in recruiting. The first meeting I had with him, we had Koehler and Skipper coming in for their visits.
"I said we needed some help in hosting. He said, ‘You can count on me, coach. I'll take one of them.' Not a lot of seniors do that, put in the time in recruiting. He did."
Pittman said the goal was to go after the best offensive linemen in the country. It was unique that he recruited Skipper and Koehler twice.
"You rarely do that," he said. "It makes you feel pretty good to pull it off. We had Skipper committed (at Tennessee), but then he kinda blew up. They are all three very talented and very smart."
Shannon had the in on Kirkland, but there was still some disbelief when the Hogs won him over Florida State.
"(Kirkland) called me 30 minutes before he made the announcement (on ESPN)," Pittman said. "I was in Randy's office and we got to dancing around. I didn't know if I believed it. I mean, I believed him, but we are still a long way from Miami. I knew it for sure when he started his announcement with the ‘university of' because you don't say the University of Florida State."
Obviously, Kirkland was not coming to Arkansas until Shannon, the former Miami head coach, joined the UA staff after the bowl games.
"Denver was easy to see," Bielema said. "I have known Coach (Randy) Shannon for a number of years. We will usually know linebacker coaches. When he was at the beginning of his career, I was at the beginning of mine. When I was (recruiting) in south Florida, Randy and I would be at the same practices watching the same guys.
"When the opportunity came to hire him I knew that we would have some immediate inroads into the areas that even I had not been exposed to in South Florida, just because of Randy's experience as a player, as a coach, as a head coach at Miami.
"One of the things that came up very quickly with Sam and with Jim is that they went through every offensive lineman in the country that was at the BCS level before we even hired Randy. Denver was one that jumped up on our radar even before Randy. It was in early December with Coach Pittman and Coach Chaney.
"When I brought in Coach Shannon and that marriage together with those two and a little bit of our history with Wisconsin with offensive lineman, bottom line I think that the relationships that our staff had with that area and that Denver came here and loved it.
The big key was getting the UA visit, with mom to come along, as she did on his previous official visits.
"I think he was a little tired of the process," Bielema said. "We went in there on a Tuesday before the visit, if I am not mistaken. As the week wore on, mom didn't want to come on the visit. She had already been to Florida and she thought she was done and tapped out and ready to make a decision.
"Mom said that she would come and then I remember during the trip that on Friday was good and she traveled a little bit. On Saturday she was grinning ear to ear. I asked her what was going on and she said coach your player panel absolutely won me over.
"A player panel is this, it is something I believe in and something that we have been doing for a while at every place that I have been. It is a little bit of a leap of faith because we select some kids that represent the areas that we are going after.
"We leave the room as coaches and turn the mother and the kid over to our players. What they began to do was talk about some of the things that they had seen change in them. The way we were handling our business with our roster. The things that we expressed about the dreams that we had, that won the mom over.
"If those kids were that excited she wanted her son to be a part of it. That part was cool and then it got kind of intense. I think Coach Pittman and Coach Shannon aged about 10 years in the last 24 hours. I think he came here for all of the right reasons, and I think he will be rewarded because of it."
It was clear that Bielema's excitement level went up when he narrated the offensive line video for the media.
When Koehler pancaked a tackle, Bielema said, "He's finding out what 300 pounds of Hawaiian feels like on him." And, he pointed at Koehler in a stance from the back and said, "He's thick, those britches are in pain."
As Kirkland shoved someone down with a push in the back, he said, "I like it when an offensive linemen does that."
As Skipper followed a running back down field and leaps a pile for a block, Bielema said, "Coach (Chris) Bucknam may want him as a hurdler." Chaney knows what is required to play in the SEC. "You need big," he said. "We accomplished that part of it today. We got big. I've heard Coach Bielema say that you need big to play in this league. That's his statement. "We have known Reeves and Skipper for a long time and Randy had the relationship with Kirkland. I can tell you recruiting offensive linemen, it's all about relationships." Perhaps you can say it's really big.