It’s well-known that the state of Arkansas isn’t a recruiting hot bed, so when talent does spike in Arkansas, the Razorbacks have to take advantage. Usually, though, the Razorbacks have to recruit heavily in the bordering states to keep pace in the SEC.
They have done a superb job of that at times, as this look at the top three recruiting classes in the past 10 years for the Razorbacks shows.
The skinny: This was Bobby Petrino’s second class at Arkansas and the supposed headliner was a rare in-state five-star prospect in DB Darius Winston, who indeed played well. But others outperformed him. Three-star WR Cobi Hamilton left as the school’s career receptions leader. Three-star C Travis Swanson became a star and one of the best centers in the league during his time with the Hogs. And three-star G Alvin Bailey became a big-timer, as well. JC DT Robert Thomas became a starter; the same goes for LB Ross Rasner and DT DeQuinta Jones. Four-star RB Knile Davis had a huge sophomore season in 2010, rushing for 1,322 yards and 13 TDs. JC transfer Anthony Leon signed as a safety and played there in 2010 as a reserve before becoming a starter at outside linebacker as a senior. RB Ronnie Wingo was a steady producer. The class had good depth and some legit stars.
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