Arkansas Football: Will the Razorbacks Reel in an Elite 2013 Recruiting Class?

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Arkansas Football: Will the Razorbacks Reel in an Elite 2013 Recruiting Class?
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The Arkansas football program has been reeling since former head coach Bobby Petrino had his inappropritate relationship with a subordinate made public and was fired.

When John L. Smith was hired on a 10-month contract to to replace him, many of the players were excited because of their familiarity with the coach who had left only a few months earlier to be the head coach at Weber State.

With the team still intact from last year's Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State, the Razorbacks enter the 2012 season as a team that can make some noise in the SEC West.

But this isn't about the 2012 season.

With it still not known whether Smith will be the head coach for 2013, one has to wonder if the Razorbacks can reel in a good recruiting class. Even if they don't, there won't be much change from their recruiting the last few years. They were ranked No. 34 last year (with Petrino still the head coach), No. 24 in 2011 and No. 49 in 2010, according to rivals.com.

In fact, you have to go back to 2009 to find Arkansas ranked inside the top 20 in recruiting.

So, what are the odds Arkansas reels in an elite 2013 recruiting class?

Note: All recruiting rankings are courtesy of rivals.com.

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