The second signing day has offically passed and Sam Pittman was hard at work. Despite having a shorter recruiting cycle for his first class, Pittman reminded everyone just how talented of a recruiter he really is.
Pittman added roughly 15 commitments since the early signing period. He was able to land the 8th rated dual-threat QB and an Under Armor All-American offensive lineman.
The class finished ranked 30th according to 247 Sports. That is an impressive jump for a team that was ranked 118th when pittman took over last December. This class should also pair well with the top 25 class Arkansas was able to land last season.
Closing The Gap
Arkansas will have to fight and claw their way to bowl eligible next season. They have one of the most difficult schedules in the entire country and it is year one under Pittman and the new staff.
Franks will help cushion the blow and a talented staff can work through the rough patches. However expecting more than a couple wins would be naive. The SEC is the best conference in football and that didn’t change during signing day.
The SEC had seven teams finish in the top 10 recruiting classes in the country. Just for a reference, Maryland had the 31st ranked class and they finished 6th in the Big Ten. Arkansas had the 30th ranked class and they finished 11th in the SEC.
The SEC is in a class of their own and there isn’t much Arkansas can do about it. Knocking off the top of the SEC is still a long way off, but this is a move in the right direction.
Sam Pittman will likely continue to recruit and while he won’t be the next Alabama any time soon, he did throw Arkansas back in the mix. Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky and South Carolina are all reachable. Arkansas can now actually start building momentum and leave the Chad Morris disaster in the rearview.