Bret Bielema’s first season didn’t go according to plan as the Arkansas Razorbacks closed the season with a nine-game losing streak, but one the unofficial first day of the 2014 college football season, Bielema has done enough on the recruiting trail to give Hogs fans hope for a brighter 2015.
Arkansas finished with the nation’s No. 30 class which ranked No. 11 in the Southeastern Conference according to the 247Sports with 24 commitments of which four have already enrolled in classes, including underrated quarterback Rafe Peavey.
You can view the entire class for Arkansas here.
The best part about this year’s class is the offensive and defensive linemen who are headed to Fayetteville and who are ‘Bielema guys’ who can dominate in the run game both in blocking and stuffing it.
Offensive tackles Brian Wallace, Frank Ragnow and Jovan Pruitt are going to open up holes for SEC Freshman of the Year Alex Collins and protect whoever wins the quarterback derby. Wallace is the best of the group and picked Arkansas over Alabama.
Former Florida State commit Jojo Robinson was a nice surprise on signing day and provides Arkansas with a playmaker on the perimeter.
Defensively, Bijhon Jackson is a 335-pound tackle who can plug the middle of the line and occupy blockers to stifle opponent’s run game. Losing out on the top recruit in the state in Springdale’s Josh Frazier to Alabama is a tough loss, so depth will be a concern moving forward.
Arkansas did a nice job filling some holes in the secondary, particularly at the safety spots, but they needed some help at linebacker, so look for that to be a priority in the 2015 class.