Arkansas is 1-2 and some fans who have suffered through some lean years since the 11-2 season in 2011 are not happy.
That is understandable, but throwing remote controls at the TV or booing at Reynolds Razorback Stadium aren’t going to fix the issues. The way for Chad Morris and his staff to get the team better is recruiting. That means getting their type players in here.
Some got upset with my Sunday column pointing out some of the woes with this team. First, I am not saying the players they have now aren’t any good. What I am saying they were recruited for a different offense and defense. It’s no different when Eddie Sutton left some good players for Nolan Richardson, but it didn’t translate to wins for the basketball team that year. Why? It’s simple, they were recruited for Sutton’s style of play and Richardson came in running a completely different system.
Patience is what it is going to take for Morris to get his type players in here. They aren’t going to be able to fix all the issues in the Class of 2019, but they can take a big step in that direction.
When talking about patience that translates to next year to which one fan Monday night joked, “I know next year in seven different languages.”
This season will allow Morris to find out who can play in this system. Moving forward he will have a good idea of what he needs. He put together a pretty good class considering he had very little time to do it in 2018. The Class of 2019 is a very good one.
Warren wide receiver Treylon Burks is a perfect example of what the Hogs need. He is a wide receiver who can go deep or catch the short pass and turn it into a long gainer. He is a playmaker and a great one at that.
Arkansas really needs to keep Pulaski Academy tight end Hudson Henry at home. He is a playmaker from the tight end spot just like his brother, Hunter, was. Hunter won the Mackey Award as did D.J. Williams prior to that. Hudson could become the third Razorback from Little Rock to win the Mackey Award at Arkansas.
The Razorbacks have a commitment from Sardis (Miss.) North Panola’s KJ Jefferson who is a true dual-threat quarterback. Depending on how the quarterbacks on campus perform in the next nine games may determine if Morris wants to look for an experienced signal caller in the Class of 2019 as well. A graduate transfer or junior college quarterback who fits what they are wanting in a quarterback. That may or may not be something that Morris wants to pursue.
One thing that hasn’t changed and Morris has addressed it many times is the need to get the numbers up on the offensive line. That is something they have been and are still pursuing. Arkansas has three commitments on the offensive line and expect one or two more.
Morris had said they would likely sign around 22 players in the Class of 2019. Don’t be surprised if that number increases to a full class. There’s a lot of needs.
Once again, this isn’t to imply the players on the team now aren’t good. Some are thriving in this system. But as noted earlier the players were recruited for a different style of offense and defense and some simply don’t fit in this system. That isn’t their fault and doesn’t mean they can’t thrive elsewhere.
The rest of the season will be one to see how much improvement can be made and who fits with what Morris is planning to do at Arkansas.
This dirty word associated with this is patience, but that is what it’s going to take to get the program turned around though fans are tired of hearing that. Remember, Morris has coached three games. The team struggled to a 4-8 season last year and could have just as easily lost to Coastal Carolina and Ole Miss.