Monday, January 18, 2010

Petrino Filling Needs With 2010 Class

With February 3rd (national signing day) looming, I thought I'd provide a quick update with the 2010 class. Coach Petrino is doing an excellent job at filling spots that were evident weaknesses for the hogs during the 2009 season. With nearly all of the starters on offense returning for at least another year, coach Petrino focused on the other side of the ball with this year's class. However, with several of the recruits being considered athletes that could play either way, he's also preparing for the possibility of several juniors on offense turning pro next year.

On the defensive side, it's obvious that linebacker, cornerback and safety are priorities. The defensive line is too, but Petrino has yet to really get the commitments to date. That could change next weekend when several DT and DE prospects will visit Fayetteville. This weekend will wrap up the 2010 recruiting season. After next weekend, we should have more certainty as to how this class will shape up, but we will only know for sure after the ink has dried on national signing day.

What's most impressive about this class is the size and speed of the players. Petrino likes players that are tall and long armed. To get these players, Petrino went outside of Arkansas plucking players from all over the country. It's clear that Florida was a high priority for the Razorbacks this year. To date, Petrino has only accepted commitments from 3 players from Arkansas.

It will be interesting to see how things play out in the days leading up to signing day. The maximum number of commitments is 28 for all SEC schools. This is a new self imposed rule. The NCAA only allows for a maximum of 25 scholarships per year with an overall limit of 85 scholarships per school. The hogs are currently sitting on 22 commitments. It's unclear if they will have enough roster spots to meet the 25 scholarship limit.

Below is a list of the current recruits with their ratings.

Cam Feldt OL 6-5 290 5.3 5.8 Pilot Point, TX
Jatashun Beachum ATH 6-2 275 4.6 5.7 Dallas, TX
Eric Bennett ATH 5-10 176 4.6 5.7 Tulsa, OK
Courtney Gaston LB 6-3 205 4.5 5.7 Fort Gibson, OK
Jeremiah Jackson DT 6-2 265 - 5.7 Hoover, AL
Garrett Uekman TE 6-4 235 4.7 5.7 Little Rock, AR
Marquel Wade WR 5-11 180 4.5 5.7 Jacksonville, FL
Joseph Byrd DB 5-10 170 4.415.6 Cape Coral, FL
Daunte Carr DB 6-3 205 4.575.6 Gainesville, GA
Luke Charpentier OL 6-4 305 5.1 5.6 River Ridge, LA
Brad Hefley ATH 6-5 255 4.9 5.6 Joplin, MO
Julian Horton ATH 6-1 182 4.5 5.6 Norcross, GA
Braylon Mitchell ATH 6-2 208 - 5.6 Heber Springs, AR
Dimitri Orr DE 6-6 230 4.8 5.6 Oxford, AL
Darrell Smith DB 6-2 185 4.455.6 Port Saint Joe, FL
Jordan Rainey OL 6-5 310 5.3 5.5 Joplin, MO
Chris Smith LB 6-2 230 4.7 5.5 Mount Ulla, NC
Jacoby Walker QB 6-2 210 4.595.5 Spring, TX
Eduardo Camara K 5-8 155 - 5.4 Cedar Hill, TX
William Russ K 6-3 170 - 5.4 Shreveport, LA
LaCraig Brown DT 6-4 261 4.9 - Monroe, LA
Deonte Welch ATH 5-11 181 4.5 - Williston, FL

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