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Locked and Loaded: Razorback Recruiting Under Sam Pittman



In December 2019, Sam Pittman into the Arkansas head football coaching job inheriting a class ranked around number 100 out of 130.  Some recruiting services had pegged Arkansas closer to No. 120. That’s like inheriting debt from your parents when they meet their Great Reward.

When the dust settled on National Signing Day 2020, he and his staff had turned that into a class ranking 29th or 30th. Pittman basically took the class from the bottom 23% to the top 23%.  The normal fan out there probably thinks that kind of turnaround is a major win for the Hogs.  I know I do.


While this is a feel-good story, it’s not to the level that Arkansas needs it to be. “Having the 29th or 30th ranked class is unacceptable because we’re the University of Arkansas,” Pittman told Justin Acri on 103.7 The Buzz on Friday.

If I can quote Ricky Bobby in Talledega Nights, ”Thank you Baby Jesus!!!!”  The coach who thinks a top 30 class is unacceptable is the coach I want coaching my alma mater.