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They need the 500 rule. Maybe even 400. Recruit the hell out of a 500 (400) mile radius for any and everybody you think you want. Build those relationships. Then go snipe the occasional SoFla guy. You can't try to turn it into Miami north and end up with a class of 8 kids South Florida didn't offer.
They'll never get where they want to be by running a pro-style offense. It just plays right into the teeth of the current SEC powers like Bama, LSU, GA and Florida. They all run the same basic style and sets, and importantly, they all build defenses around stopping it. And that means recruiting an offense to take on big DT's and big 225 LB's that can stop big 225 lb RB's. So if you're Arkansas, you're recruiting for that same group of offensive players and in the same recruiting market, which is just not a likely winning formula.
Arkansas, with its history and proximity to Tx and LA, Memphis and St Louis would maximize its recruiting potential with a wide open offensive branding distinction. Petrino had it figured out and he was right there with them, year in and year out, with less talent on average than the 4 mentioned above.
And personally as an Aggie, Bielema and his style is the best choice that Arkansas could have made. It gives us one more pro-style offense to prepare for, but without the 4 and 5 star talent up and down the lineup.
What people don't understand down in SEC country is that Bert had nothing to do with the offense. That was all Paul Chryst, who also coached under Alvarez. Our 2011 and 2012 teams shouldn't have lost a single game. That's on Bert. I can guarentee he will be completely outclassed by Bama, LSU, Florida, Georgia, SC, and from the looks of it, Ole Miss.
Meanwhile, GA will take UW to the next level.
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