Thursday, September 30, 2010
Arkansas tops off top recruiting class
By Eamonn Brennan
If you look at ESPNU's latest 2011 recruiting class rankings, you see no shortage of the usual suspects. You see Kentucky at the top, with North Carolina, Arizona, Syracuse, Louisville, Texas, Duke and Michigan State in tow. Standard stuff, really. But if you scan a little further, you see a few programs you might not expect (Rutgers and St. John's among them, but that should be no surprise by now).
Those three were the reason for Arkansas' No. 12 overall class ranking. One has the feeling that ranking might jump again in the next few months.
In the meantime, if the fire-this-bum birds were starting to form around Arkansas coach John Pelphrey, they should probably plan an extended vacation. Pelphrey has struggled in the past two of his three seasons at Arkansas; the Razobacks won 14 games in each season. It was fair to wonder if Pelphrey was ever going to be able to replicate the recruiting success he had under Billy Donovan at Florida. His 2011 class ought to settle those questions.