Bret Bielema and his staff walked into a very tough situation in Fayetteville when they took over, but this staff was able to assemble a very talented recruiting class in a very short period of time. This class met a lot of needs and will have a number of key freshmen contributors.
The headliner for this class was tight end Hunter Henry. The Razorbacks needed to bring in a big-bodied playmaker for the passing game, and Henry is that player.
Bielema also brought in a ton of offensive line talent, and a host of other skill players like Austin Allen at quarterback, and Tiquention Coleman at safety. Allen may be able to challenge for the quarterback job, and Coleman is an early enrollee at a major position of need.
One major player in this class was Alex Collins, the No. 5 rated running back in the country. Rumor has it that his mother took off with his letter of intent and refused to let him sign with the Hogs on signing day—it was too far away from home.
How this will settle is anyone’s guess, but if he does indeed sign with Arkansas, Bielema will have landed his premier running back threat, and the Razorbacks will have a new class headliner.
This class filled a lot of needs, and was a very impressive score for Arkansas and the new staff.