Arkansas may have lost out on star receiver recruit Dorial Green-Beckham, but the Razorbacks still have to be happy about the new crop of talent that will be heading to Fayetteville, this offseason.
Bobby Petrino and his staff were able to land 23 prospects on National Signing Day, including standout running back Jonathan Williams.
The Razorbacks may not be done just yet though, as two of their top targets, QB Robert Gregory and OT Jordan Diamond—who both played for Simeon high school in Illinois—will be announcing their college decisions tonight at 7 pm central.
The two Chicago natives both have Arkansas listed as one of their finalists, but there’s no guarantee that either of them will end up with the Razorbacks.
Diamond is considered one of the top offensive tackle prospects of the 2012 class, and he’s got the type of offer sheet to prove it. The 4-star tackle prospect has reportedly narrowed down his choices to Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan and Wisconsin, although he has given no true indication as to where he’s leaning just yet.
Gregory, on the other hand, is a former Arkansas commit who opened his recruitment back up, and now has the Razorbacks listed as one of his four finalists, a list that also includes Kansas, Minnesota and Purdue.
Rumors have swirled around Diamond’s recruitment for the past few weeks, as he’s traveled around the country and checked out some of his favorite schools.
Some think he’ll end up staying close to his family in Big-10 country, while others believe that he’ll be lured away by the spotlight of the SEC.
Since Diamond has given no indication as to what his plans are, we’ll have to wait until tonight to find out where he will land. But you have to believe that Arkansas should be right in the hunt to reel him in.
As for Gregory, the fact that he decommitted from the Razorbacks doesn’t bode well for them, but it helps that he still considers them a finalist.
Arkansas is much higher up on the college football food chain than any other school on Gregory’s list, but competing for championships may not be his main goal. Sometimes recruits simply want to feel at home and enjoy the atmosphere a school and a program has to offer.
The question that we will find out tonight is if Diamond and Gregory both get that “home feeling” from Arkansas, or if they’ve found it someplace else.
Landing both prospects would be huge. But if the Razorbacks can at least reel in one of them in—especially if it’s Diamond—that would really give a boost to their 2012 class.