FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Headlined by the first-ever Trench Hog camp for offensive and defensive lineman, Sunday couldn’t have gone better for Arkansas on the recruiting trail.
As the camp concluded around 5 p.m., Arkansas offensive line coach Kurt Anderson and defensive line coach John Scott Jr. took a moment to congratulate each other on a job well done. There was a sense the two coaches probably didn’t know exactly what to expect coming into the day, but they certainly walking away pleased.
The Razorbacks hosted more than 150 high school players at the camp. They offered three and received a commitment later in the evening. Here’s the full timeline of how things went down Sunday:
- 4:10 p.m.: Jonesboro (Ark.) 2018 offensive lineman Noah Gatlin announces he’s received an offer from Arkansas.
- 4:22 p.m.: Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) 2018 offensive lineman Luke Jones announces he also received an Arkansas offer.
- 6:07 p.m.: Independence (Kan.) Community College 2018 defensive lineman Emmit Gooden commits to the Razorbacks following a two-day visit to Fayetteville.
- 6:19 p.m.: Springdale (Ark.) 2018 defensive lineman announces he received an offer after the camp.
That’s three in-state recruits who earned offers as a result of strong performances at the camp and the commitment of a top-10 junior college prospect — all in about two hours. Additionally, the Razorbacks got an up-close evaluation of another dozen or so 2018 and 2019 prospects who are on the radar to receive an offer.
The Trench Hog camp was the ice cream sundae and Gooden’s commitment the cherry on top.
So, how did the idea to host a lineman-only camp even come about? Well, it started with Anderson seeing an easy opportunity to market the Hogs’ track record of success with lineman. He’d coached in the NFL for a few years and head coach Bret Bielema has developed many NFL linemen. Scott recently arrived from the New York Jets. The pedigree of that trio itself…