The Arkansas Razorbacks have let it be known they have a certain weakness on their team that they’re focusing on during this years recruitment: linebackers.
Yes, linebacker is certainly a position of need for the Hogs. Considering they’re losing four senior linebackers off their roster, and they’re switching from a 4-2-5 defense to a 4-3, they’re incredibly thin.
So, naturally, the Hogs are looking hard at JUCO linebackers. After all, the Hogs need an infusion numbers and experience, which makes junior college prospects ideal. JUCO’s are much more prepared to make an immediate impact than a true freshman, and that’s exactly what Arkansas needs and wants.
The Razorbacks have already signed two JUCO linebackers in the early signing period (outside linebackers Martrell Spaight and Myke Tavarres), both of whom will be participating in spring drills.
Now it seems the Hogs could be close to getting a third JUCO linebacker before National Signing Day.
Antonio Longino, an outside linebacker from Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, has recently spoken out saying that the Razorbacks are in the lead for his services.
Longino is considered by some as the top JUCO linebacker in the country, and at 6’3” 230lbs, it’s easy to see why. He’s got a fantastic frame for the position, and if anything, is more suited to play inside. He’s a nasty run stopper with good sideline-to-sideline speed. He’s exactly the kind of big and physical linebacker that new Arkansas coach Bret Bielema used to recruit when he was coaching the Wisconsin Badgers.
The recruitment of Longino is far from over, however. The Arizona State Sun Devils, Auburn Tigers and Indiana Hoosiers are still coming hard after Longino. Plus, it’s not like he even gave a verbal commitment to the Razorbacks, he only said they’re in the lead.
So when is the big day that we’ll know where Longino will be heading? January 29th, 2013, Longino will be making his final decision.
Until then, we can only speculate as to where we think he’s heading.