As always, it’ll be a big day on Thursday when Razorback football players report for fall practice. But, as hard as it is to believe, there’s a story that’s been unfolding over the last few weeks that’s even bigger.
As of today (and the numbers seem to be going up by the hour), there are 19 players verbally committed to sign with the Hogs as part of the football recruiting class of 2008.
To put that number in perspective, a year ago on August 1, 2006, there were just eight players committed to the 2007 class. The Hogs didn’t receive their 19th commitment until mid-January. This year…heck…in just the last two weeks, ten players have committed to play for the Hogs. Wow.
How do these numbers compare to the rest of the conference? According to Rivals.com: Kentucky currently has two commitments and Florida has four. South Carolina has five and Auburn has seven. Tennessee has eight, Vanderbilt has 11 and Alabama has 13. LSU and Mississippi State have 14 each and Georgia has 17. Only Ole Miss has more commitments than the Hogs with 20.
We’ll leave it to the recruiting gurus to explain all of this. Quantity and quality, of course, are not the same. (Although there are arguably several top notch players who are now committed.) But no matter how you look at it, the sheer number making early verbal commitments to the Hogs this year is a dramatic difference from years past.
You can read more about many of the new Razorback football recruits in the RBN Recruiting News section.