BELLA VISTA, Ark. — Arkansas’ 2017 class reached 19 commitments Friday after a six-day span in which the Razorbacks landed three of their top targets.
With several months remaining until National Signing Day (Feb. 1, 2017), the chances of players de-committing can become a serious concern for programs with a high amount of committed players this early. However, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema isn’t worried about losing any current commits.
“I’ve had four kids de-commit to me in my 11 years (as a head coach),” Bielema said after he played in the annual NWA Razorback Club Golf Tournament.
“I think it’s a testament to who we recruit, how we recruit and why we recruit.”
The Razorbacks landed commits from 3-star running back Chase Hayden on Sunday, 4-star defensive back Montaric Brown on Thursday and 3-star offensive lineman Dalton Wagner on Friday. All three are high-priority targets in the 2017 class.
“I had a young man commit to me the other day. Obviously, you get up, you hug, you dance, you get your groove on and everybody’s happy,” Bielema said. “But then I sit them down and explain what a commitment is. We send out a letter to them after a kid commits to us about the word ‘commitment.’ It has a definition of ‘commitment’ on it. It’s kind of glorified. It’s got a nice jersey and their name on it. But I send that to the mom, the dad, the principal, the high school coach and anybody else involved in his life, because I want them to understand what the word ‘commitment’ means. That’s why we don’t have a lot of wavering.”
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