The Arkansas Razorbacks' 2010 signing class did a good job of filling areas of need and adding size, speed, and talent to Bobby Petrino's roster.
The major recruiting services did not rank the Hogs among the top 25 in recruiting, but Max Emfinger and Tom Lemming thought more highly of the Arkansas recruiting class.
Recruiting is an inexact science that is improving daily and it truly has become a full-time job for coaching staffs.
What is even more difficult is for the avid fan to follow recruiting and all the twists and turns that are inevitably going to take place when dealing with 16-to-18-year-old kids and decision making.
There are Arkansas fans that are up to date with every last offer, and then there are those Hog fans that are unable to keep up with the 24/7, 365-days-a-year hustle-and-bustle that recruiting has become.
With all Hog fans in mind, I would like to give you my top six impact freshmen for 2010.
So without further ado, let's begin.
Arkansas brought in a nice crop of wide receivers for the 2010 class. Wade tops the list of those I expect to make an impact, as he fits the mold of Joe Adams.
Currently, Adams does not have a solid No. 2 behind him at the receiver position, and Wade will be that player.
In addition to seeing the field early in the receiving rotation, Wade is also a very good punt returner who is expected to compete for a position in the return game with a few other incoming freshmen.
Wade was recorded with 4.42 speed in the 40-yard dash and is dangerous with the ball in his hands. He was marked as lacking speed by some recruiting services and though to be a three-star recruit, but Arkansas feels they got a very good playmaker when Wade signed his letter of intent.
Duante Carr is a winner in every sense of the word. He originally was committed to Stanford, and he sported a very high GPA to go along with his numerous scholarship offers to play college football.
Carr lost a mere two games during his high school career between two schools and three state championships.
With his blend of size and speed, Carr will be turning heads when he reports to Arkansas, and he will have the opportunity to help the Hogs in the secondary as a hard-hitting freshman.
Eric Bennett comes to Arkansas from Hogs offensive coordinator Garrick McGee's alma mater, Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High.
Bennett is a versatile athlete that led Tulsa BTW to a state championship in his junior year as the quarterback.
At the college level, he is projected to play multiple positions: receiver, safety, cornerback, and also return man.
Because of his versatility, you can expect to see Bennett on the field making an impact as a freshman. He will be joined at Arkansas by his teammate and last-minute Hog signee, Calvin Barnett.
Here comes the freak show! The No. 3 spot is held down by Mount Ulla, N.C. hybrid defensive end/linebacker Chris Smith.
Smith is a freak show; at 6'2", 230 pounds, he was the fastest player on the field on most occasions. He put up uncanny sack numbers, and he is probably the most underrated pass rusher in the 2010 class.
Arkansas coaches feel that they got a major steal in Smith and he is expected to come in as a freshman and make an impact as a pass rusher.
Sitting atop the Razorback impact freshmen list is 2010 defensive tackle signee Byran Jones.
Jones chose Arkansas on National Signing Day over programs such as Auburn, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma.
He led Junction City to back-to-back state championships and is one of a handful of defensive tackles that highlights the Arkansas signing class. The Razorbacks brought in the No. 3-ranked DT class for 2010 according to Rivals.com.
Jones is expected to make an immediate impact on the defensive line in 2010 alongside talented sophomore Razorback D.D. Jones.
Byran has all the physical tools to succeed right away at Arkansas with his size, and there's not a spec of fat to be found on his frame.
The No. 1 impact player for Arkansas' 2010 recruiting class is none other than defensive tackle Calvin Barnett from Tulsa BTW.
Barnett switched his commitment on National Signing Day from Oklahoma State to Arkansas, which left a lot of Pokies peeved.
OSU's loss is Arkansas' gain.
Barnett will be expected to come to Arkansas ready to make an immediate impact on the interior line alongside fellow freshman Byran Jones and returning sophomore star D.D. Jones.
Barnett is already built in the mold of an SEC defensive tackle and was an Army All-American, and the gem of the Arkansas recruiting class.
The Razorbacks have a number of other players that look to come in and push the competition level and fight for playing time as freshmen.
Those just missing the cut are:
Jatashun "Big Tex" Beachum (pictured above), RB/DL, 6'2", 300, 4.65
Eduardo Camara, K
Cam Feldt, OL, 6'5", 290
Julian Horton, WR/CB, 6'1", 182, 4.5
Maudrecus Humphrey, WR, 6'2", 185, 4.34
Zach Hocker, K/P
Jarrett Lake, WR/LB, 6'3", 220, 4.45
This article was written by Blake Stansbery of Born Hog Wild.
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