What a weekend this could be.
We typically don’t write a lot of recruiting stuff here on RazorBloggers — preferring to read our favorites Richard Davenport, Dudley Dawson, Trey Biddy and Otis Kirk. And judging by the hits on our Recruiting News links, a lot of you do the same.
But this weekend is different — our interest has gone to a new level. Twenty recruits are scheduled to be on campus, and they include some of the highest ranked players in the nation — including the #1 national recruit in wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (6-6, 220, 4.43).
Finishing in the top five of the polls shows you just how close the Hogs are getting to reaching the top of that mountain. A few key commits from this weekend’s list of visitors could help escalate that climb very quickly.
Much of the focus (rightfully so) will be on Green-Beckham, who has Arkansas in his top three (Oklahoma, Texas), and could immediately help a receiving corps that will graduate three superstars to the NFL.
Three other recruits, though, who will be in Fayetteville this weekend have piqued our interest. These guys, if they choose to be Hogs, could be difference makers at need positions.
OL Jordan Diamond (6-6, 289, Chicago, Illinois) — Rivals.com has Diamond a 4-star recruit, and when you look at his highlight video, all he does is deliver one pancake block after another. The Hogs are battling Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin for this prized tackle prospect.
LB Dalton Santos (6-2, 251, 4.65, Van, Texas) — Santos is the big, inside, run-stopping linebacker that the Hogs have been missing. Watching him run from sideline to sideline shows us why he is a coveted playmaker. The Hogs are hoping for a flip here as Santos is currently committed to Tennessee.
Note to Dalton and his family…distance from Van, Texas to Fayetteville = 353 miles. Distance from Van, Texas to Knoxville, Tennessee = 800 miles.
RB Trey Williams (5-8, 175, 4.4, Spring, Texas) — We can’t help it — even with all this passing — we are dazzled by elite running backs. Williams certainly fills that bill. A current commit to Texas A&M, Williams is ranked the #2 running back in the nation by Rivals. He has tremendous speed, and looks very elusive in space.
National Signing day comes early this year: February 1st. And if Coach Petrino and the staff have a good weekend, that day might turn out to be more like Christmas for Hog fans.