At long last, the best recruiting class the Hogs have ever had. The 2008 haul was former head coach Bobby Petrino's first class with the Razorbacks, and it was the foundation for a four-year stretch in which Arkansas was 34-17 and earned its first BCS bowl bid.
The prized prospect in this class was quarterback Ryan Mallett, who was a transfer from Michigan but is considered as part of the class. Mallett redefined the position for the Hogs in Petrino's offensive scheme, breaking just about every passing record for the program.
In two seasons as the Hogs starter, Mallett passed for 7,493 yards, 21 more yards than Clint Stoerner had in four years, and 62 touchdowns, five more than Stoerner. He broke a lot of his own records from his sophomore year as a junior in 2010. That season, he passed for 3,869 yards, 32 touchdowns and just 12 picks, leading Arkansas to the 2010 Sugar Bowl, where he made a critical mistake late that cost them the game against Ohio State.
Off-the-field concerns made him fall to the Patriots in the third round, but he has had no problems in his three-year NFL career. He is learning from one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game in Tom Brady and has all the intangibles you look for in an NFL quarterback. Some believe he will eventually be Brady's successor, but he's too talented to continue to stand on the sideline, so a team could look to trade for him.
Tyler Wilson was also in this class, and he ended up breaking many of Mallett's records, including career passing yards with 7,765. He is also the program's all-time leader in completions (593), completion percentage (62.6) and games with over 350 yards passing (seven). Once Mallett departed, Wilson stepped in and led the Hogs to one of their best seasons in school history, finishing 11-2 and beating Kansas State in the 2011 Cotton Bowl. That year, he passed for 3,638 yards, 24 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
Wilson didn't enjoy nearly as much success his senior year after the program was left crippled from Petrino's motorcycle exploits, but he had a brilliant career nonetheless and was drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round of last year's draft. He was eventually waived but is now with the Tennessee Titans.
Jarius Wright was a reliable receiver his whole career and is the Razorbacks' all-time leading receiver with 2,934 yards. Though he wasn't the biggest guy, Wright had great speed and was a superb route runner. He also is second on the all-time list for touchdown catches with 24 behind Marcus Monk.
Wright increased his yards every year, going from 348, 681, 788 and finally 1,117 his senior year in 2011. He has become a key receiver for the Vikings since they took him in the fourth round of the '11 draft and had 434 yards and three scores on 26 receptions this season.
Alongside Wright outside were Joe Adams and Greg Childs, both of whom were dangerous receivers.
Adams, however, is best remembered for his punt returns. His senior year, he averaged 16.9 yards per return (19 returns, 321 yards) and had four touchdowns. His return against Tennessee still resonates in the minds of fans as one of the single greatest plays in Arkansas history.
Adams was a Consensus All-American that year as a return specialist. He finished his career fifth on the all-time receiving list with 2,410 yards and tied for fifth with 17 touchdowns. Adams was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round of the '12 draft but was released after one season.
Greg Childs was at one time the best out of the talented trio, but a patellar tendon injury in 2010 that made him miss the rest of the year derailed his success. After posting 894 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore, Childs was on pace to put up even better numbers his junior year (659 yards, six touchdowns) before the injury.
He wasn't the same his senior year with just 240 yards on 21 catches. He was drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round but has been kept from making any contributions because of injuries.
Tight end Chris Gragg took some time to develop, but he was dangerous once he did. He emerged his junior year as one of the SEC's best tight ends, catching 41 balls for 518 yards and two touchdowns. His senior year was down due to injury, but he showed enough in his career to be drafted in the seventh round by the Bills, where he made five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown as a rookie.
The best defensive player from this class was safety-linebacker Jerico Nelson, who had 269 tackles, 27 TFL, 10.5 sacks and four interceptions in his four-year career. He was a key contributor on the defense all four years and eventually was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent before being released.
From top to bottom, the '08 class is the best Arkansas has had in the BCS era. This group helped the program reach heights it hadn't seen in a long time, and a large number of them made it to the NFL. Do you agree or do you believe another class deserved to be at the top? Let us know in the comment section.
Bryan Heater is the featured columnist for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. Follow him on Twitter @BHeaterRivals.