It did not take long for the Arkansas Razorbacks coaching staff to turn their attention from the 2013 football recruiting class to the one of 2014.
Former Wisconsin Badgers coach and new Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema wants to make his first recruiting class in Arkansas a great one. Three of the top recruits from Wisconsin, OL Jaden Gault (Madison, WI/Monona Grove) and George Panos (Hartland, WI/Arrowhead) as well as DT Craig Evans (Sun Prairie, WI/Sun Prairie), are being targeted by Bielema and company.
Bielema is very familiar with the three talented players from the Badger state, having a hand in trying to recruit those players to Wisconsin. Now he is trying everything in his power to poach those exact players to his new Razorbacks team.
All three verbally committed long before Bielema decided to high-tail it to SEC country, however only Panos and Gault have stayed committed. Both seem to be on solid ground with the Badgers, but within the past two weeks both have received offers from the Razorbacks staff. Obviously both players are talented enough that the offers will not stop rolling in, but Panos and Gault built a relationship with Bielema and it will be interesting to see if the Razorbacks will in fact flip the two recruits.
Evans on the other hand seems to be on the fence. It didn’t take long for the talented defensive tackle to decommit from Wisconsin and open his recruiting once again. Arguably one of the top recruits in the state and top 10 nationally at his position, Evans has stated that the Badgers are still top on his list. Although I do believe that is true, I also have to believe that gap between the Badgers at one and the Razorbacks at number two has to be really small. Evans has been a target on the Badgers radar for quite some time, meaning Bielema is also very familiar with him. Look for the Razorbacks to keep the pressure on Evans and to get him to play his college ball down in Fayetteville.
We have a long way to go until National Signing Day 2014, just over 11 months to be exact. All three of the top players from Wisconsin will not only receive more offers as the year goes on, but will see as much if not more attention from Beilema and his Arkansas staff.