Arkansas gets help on defense in this class

I know that many of us are disappointed that Dorial Green-Beckham did not sign with the Razorbacks but we just have to move on. I am not interested in reliving the whole thing and going through all the negative things said about the Hogs during the process. That always happens in every recruiting case and it is old news.

Arkansas got four receivers including one from Junior College, Ray Buchanan Jr. who is the son of former Atlanta  Falcoln and Oakland Raider safety. Here is an article by Kurt Voigt below:

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was concerned about how an offseason of coaching turnover would affect recruiting.

The Razorbacks coach liked how the school’s group of 24 signees shaped up on Wednesday afternoon, even after a notable miss earlier that morning during national signing day.

Arkansas signed four wide receivers among its class, but it was the one who got away who garnered much of the attention early in the day.

Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, regarded as one of the top prospects in the country, announced he was signing with Missouri — leaving the Razorbacks at the altar in their quest to replace the top receiving corps in school history.

“We wish him good luck,” Petrino said. “… We’re really fired up about our class and what we’ve got coming back.”

Arkansas has won 21 games over the past two seasons, last year finishing 11-2 and with a No. 5 ranking after a Cotton Bowl win over Kansas State. It received two of its biggest offseason commitments last month when first-team All- Southeastern Conference quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis both decided to return for next season.

However, the Razorbacks head into next season without three of the top receivers in school history — Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs. The three combined for 141 catches for 2,009 yards receiving last season.

Green-Beckham was courted by Arkansas, visiting two weekends ago, and was on hand for the Razorbacks’ basketball win over then-No. 20 Michigan. However, after a visit at Missouri last weekend, he elected to stay home — saying his relationship with the Tigers’ coaches swayed his decision.

“This was the place for me,” Green-Beckham said. “All of the Hog fans, I enjoyed being around them, but staying home was the right fit.”

Even without Green-Beckham, Petrino lauded the four receivers Arkansas signed — particularly junior-college transfer Demetrius Wilson. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior transferred from Glendale (Ariz.) Community College, where he had 51 catches for 927 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

Wilson was joined by receivers D’Arthur Cowan, Keon Hatcher and Eric Hawkins. Petrino expects the group to compliment an already-experienced unit led by Cobi Hamilton, who had 34 catches for 542 yards last season.

“I’m excited about our receiving corps,” Petrino said. “… We’ve got guys on campus we’re really fired up about. We did feel like losing all that production, between Jarius Wright and Joe Adams and (Childs), that was an area of emphasis and an area we really addressed.”

Offense has rarely been a problem for Petrino, and Arkansas has led the SEC in passing the last three seasons. In order for the Razorbacks, though, to move past Alabama and LSU in the SEC West, they were in need of some key defensive additions on Wednesday.

Petrino felt like the group, with three linebackers and four in the secondary, fit the bill — highlighted by cornerback Ray Buchanan Jr., son of the former Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders safety. Arkansas must replace Jerry Franklin, who led the team in tackles for four years, and linebacker/safety Jerico Nelson.

Petrino acknowledged concern about holding the class together after several staff changes, but he said the Razorbacks’ new coaches blended right in. Arkansas lost four coaches in the last few months, including former defensive coordinator Willy Robinson, offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, special teams coach John L. Smith and linebackers coach Reggie Johnson.

New defensive coordinator Paul Haynes was hired away from Ohio State in December and helped the team prepare for the Cotton Bowl. Haynes said he stepped right into the mix, assuring recruits that Arkansas’ defensive schemes weren’t undergoing radical changes.

“It was hit (the ground) running, just like practice was before the bowl game,” Haynes said. “We hit that thing full-speed, just like anything else.”

Other staff newcomers include Paul Petrino as offensive coordinator and Taver Johnson as linebackers coach.

“You know, when you lose some coaches, you always worry about the recruiting and how that’s going to affect it,” Bobby Petrino said. “But the transition was something I thought we handled really well.

“… Our new coaches went out and hit the ground hard, worked extremely hard to finish the class off, which I thought we did a very good job of.”

Arkansas wide receiver Joe Adams runs back a punt for a touchdown against Tennessee at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011.  (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)<br /><br /><br /><br />

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