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What if Bama decides they want Bijhon? That class needs a lifeline.
And look out. A&M may just sneak in and get Frazier too.
Who is that?
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A kid who is a die-hard Hog fan and is recruiting for us. He would be the last recruit to jump ship.
Peavey is also recruiting for us... along with our 2015 QB commit Ty Storey.
Trust me. I'm frustrated, too. Five players committed right now is not very good. A lot of players want to wait until the season and use their official visits here. I wouldn't jump on board without seeing this team play a game under Bielema.
Bad thing is that I'm not expecting a good year. I'll be happy with five wins.
BornToBeRed said: WPS, just a head's up. We might be the most family-friendly board on the network, so take it easy on your normal wps-ness.
As a razor back, if you had to advise Bielema on what he needed to do recruiting-wise for this year...
(other than win) what would it be?
What does the crop of talent look like in Ark this year?
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The previous staff hit Arkansas, Tulsa, Texas, and parts of Lousiana hard... and spot-recruited the rest of the South.
The staff that Bielema put together has more ties in Florida than anywhere else. Arkansas has never recruited worth a damn down there. I am still skeptical about concentrating on southern Florida.
I wish we would concentrate on the Dallas, Tulsa, and northern Louisiana areas. We're going to be raiding Missouri every year, too.
The state of Arkansas doesn't produce very many high-D1 players annually. It's important to keep those guys here in the state.
I'm going to be patient with Bielema and Co. I'm not too optimistic about this season or the next.
This post was edited by wps88 10 months ago
Enjoy his three seasons at Arkansas.
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Arkansas fans already skeptical about Bielema, that's fantastic. Hopefully he's another John L. Smith.
I'm not skeptical of Bielema and his staff; I'm skeptical about putting so much emphasis on Florida when no other Arkansas staff could recruit down there worth a damn.
Not at all?
I would be very skeptical. I am going to be very pissed when he ruins your program and then we drop you as our permanent.
I mean yea, a little.
I don't understand the hate for Arkansas. We've never won shit. Not really understanding the hostility.
But we are an all-time better program than Wisconsin and SCar. We have that workin for us.
I would imagine the key to him succeeding will be his ability to get three star kids to play like 4/5 stars. At least for a year or so. If he has some success, he may be able to get better kids.
Bielema tried to recruit Florida pretty hard at wisconsin and Partridge has a lot of connections in Florida and did a decent job down there for UW. I think they put a lot of emphasis on it because they are familiar with the area, even though Texas seems like a more logical choice.
Nutt did it a little bit. Petrino did it. Why do people think Bielema will fail?
Honestly I have zero against Ark. Not sure I am sold on Beliema, but I have certainly never said I know he will fail or anything. I think you are in the same situation we are. Stuck in a division where you will never out recruit your foes(LSU, Bama)(UF, UGA for us). Its just tough to do, and one of the only reasons we have done better is b/c Spurriers name rings out in the south. I don't know that Bilemias does.
Good luck to you both....after this year.
Coming from the B1G doesn't help. Nationally I would say as a conference it gets no respect. So him winning there means nothing to those in SEC country.
I gotcha. When he was named our new coach I was like WTF? I still don't know how I feel about trying to play smash mouth football with LSU and Bama.
I am curious to see how it plays out. I think he will do ok. Just not sure how much patience people will have.
It will work, but it's not something that can be built overnight. It's a 5-6 year process minimum to convert the wide open passing offense Petrino built into a Alvarez/Bielema style power football offense. The OL needs to be rebuilt from scratch. I don't know if Arkansas fans will give him 5-6 years. My guess is by year two they are calling for his head, especially if TAMU remains solid and Ole Miss surges. That would put Arky fighting with Miss St (and possibly Auburn) at the bottom of the division for several more years. I can't think of any major football program whose fanbase would tolerate that well. For that reason, I think Bielema was a very risky hire. I would have gone after Mike Leach or maybe even Kevin Wilson, i.e. someone who runs a pass oriented offense and can recruit Texas.
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Agreed. Bielma is a fine coach for the BIG10, but going toe to toe with Bama and LSU for pro style offensive talent is not a winning formula IMO. My choices were Art Briles or Chad Morris, both with wide open, creative offenses and deep recruiting ties to Texas.
It's not that. Any coach would have trouble against Bama and LSU right now. But it will take time to build what Bielema wants to build and I don't know if he'll get that time. It worked at Wisky because that program had very low expectations before Alvarez showed up. It took Alvarez four years to crack 10 wins and then another five years to do it the second time. He had losing seasons four of his first six years. It was the better part of a decade before he really had something consistent going. I don't think Arkansas is going to be that patient with Bielema.
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I don’t think there is near the transformation needed. It's not like Petrino ran a spread option offense.
Petrino ran a very pro-style offense, with more emphasis on passing of course, but Arkansas always has solid OLs, much like Wisconsin did. Arky is very similar to Wisconsin in many ways, but with more resources.
Arky is not going to be Bama or LSU and probably weren't even under Petrino. They have proven that they can compete with LSU every couple of years though, so it can be done.
I'll just pick this spot to jump in. You're right on all counts, but I would point out that Arky, for whatever reason, has consistently fielded an incredible Oline for most of the past 20 years. I don't know why, but that's their most common strength. They sucked at everything last year, so I don't know what they currently have, but my point is that Bret might have a good setup to knock a year or 2 off that timetable. Now, to play defense, on the other hand... lmao.
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