The Arkansas Razorback football team is focused on their preparation for ECU and the Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2nd, but with a few weeks remaining until that showdown, recruiting is the biggest news right now.
In a week when offensive coordinator Paul Petrino shipped off to Illinois and Garrick McGee took his place, the buzz and news around Arkansas athletics has been very quiet;all that needs to change this weekend.
The Razorbacks are set to host a BIG talented group of recruits this weekend on official visits. There are recruits coming from California, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi on their official visits.
Conveniently, the Hogs host Stephen F. Austin in Bud Walton Arena on Saturday Dec. 19th and this should be a great time for the recruits to see Hog fans and the top notch facilities at the University of Arkansas.
There is one little problem: the fans have to come out for the game and show the Arkansas basketball team support, something that has appeared to be similar to getting teeth pulled to the "average" Razorback fan lately.
The lack of interest/support for the basketball team needs to not be evident this weekend, because among the official visitors there will be two Army All-Americans in Shon Coleman and Damien Robinson from Olive Branch, MS.
These two players are among the top 100 recruits in the nation and would be a huge addition to the Razorbacks current recruiting class.
Also there will be a USC commit from California who is one of the top Juco prospects in the nation.
These are just a few of the recruits slated to visit this weekend and there are a handful of other highly talented and coveted recruits that will be making visits along with these players.
As any fan of college sports knows, recruiting is the life-blood of a program and players want to see fan support at their future home for the next four or five years.
Razorback basketball games use to be the perfect opportunity for the Arkansas coaching staff to show that amazing fan support of the Razorbacks, but not so far this year.
The Razorbacks crowds are so small that there are no lines to get snacks, use the restroom, enter or exit the games, and so on. You get the picture especially if you have ever been to Bud Walton or better yet if you attended games in Barnhill Arena.
Just last season top recruits Ronnie Wingo and others stated that the fans at the basketball games really impressed them and made them feel comfortable and wanted at Arkansas.
What a difference a year makes.
These recruits will have a great time, but a great Razorback basketball crowd could be the icing on the cake. The coaches will show them the campus. They will get to see the town and all the football facilities. They will most likely attend practice and meetings, and get to see how the Hogs operate.
But the Razorback basketball game use to be a highlight of many recruits trips to Arkansas. So this weekend, the fans need to pull it together and change the record low attendance numbers at Bud Walton Arena.
This recruiting weekend is very important for the Hogs football team, maybe that will be enough reason for Hog fans to come out and make some noise at a Razorback basketball game.