By Otis Kirk
Landing Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman four-star wide receiver Trey Knox is huge under any circumstances, but here’s why it may be an even bigger thing for Chad Morris.
Getting Knox at this time makes one wonder what this staff can do on the recruiting trail when they start winning. A closer look at this pledge shows how incredible this may prove to be for Arkansas as well as Morris and his staff.
Arkansas is 1-4 on the season. They have lost to Colorado State on the road and North Texas at home. They are 0-2 in the SEC with top-ranked Alabama coming to town this week.
The offense has been inconsistent this season and some might insist calling it inconsistent is being very kind. None of this is being pointed out to be a negative.
The purpose pointing out all that is this. If Morris, Justin Stepp, Joe Craddock, Mark Smith and the others can land Knox when struggling like they are on offense then one has to get excited about the future.
Landing Knox at this time is like Morris selling an ice to an Eskimo. No, the hard times won’t last at Arkansas with Morris. But that really isn’t the point.
What is worth noting at a time when the team has lost four in a row and the offense is still inconsistent, the Hogs just beat Tennessee, Florida, Penn State and Ohio State for a talented four-star wide receiver from Tennessee.
It has been worth pointing out since this staff arrived that it’s the most aggressive recruiting group I’ve ever seen at Arkansas. Don’t get me wrong, Arkansas has had great recruiters in the past. But, as a staff, they have never had a group as a whole that recruits like this one.
Morris places a strong emphasis on recruiting. He said in one of his initial press conferences that if an assistant didn’t recruit he wouldn’t be at Arkansas very long.
One observer who was very familiar with Bret Bielema and Morris both put it another way.
“This staff is much more aggressive in recruiting and it will pay off for Arkansas,” the observer said.
Arkansas is still on several key recruits and none bigger than Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry. Warren wide receiver Treylon Burks along with Henry are as good as any pair to ever come out of Arkansas in the same year. Both are as good as anyone in the nation at their position.
The Hogs will have a big recruiting weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the official visitors, an impressive group of unofficial visitors will be on hand.
It appears Morris and his assistants are laying the groundwork for success in the future.