Good news, Arkansas: Chad Morris may take Texas by storm, by force

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Arkansas is the heel; other states are rest of foot

By golly, Chad Morris is already making his recruiting mark with the Arkansas football team. At least, that’s the narrative.

Morris landed an in-state commitment from 3-star cornerback LaDarrius Bishop late Sunday night. He landed two commits from Texas earlier in the weekend, too. It fits with what he said his goal was recruiting-wise.

The new Arkansas coach wants to put his foot down in the Natural State. This is home base for him. The idea is to put a fence around the state and keep the best as Razorbacks. After that, the foot extends out to the surrounding states (as to how a foot can go more than one direction at once, I’m not sure, but it’s a metaphor, roll with it). Such a tactic, in theory, is a winning one, too.

Three states produce an overwhelming chunk of college football players: California, Florida and Texas. Texas being right next door to Arkansas, the Hogs need to make inroads there to be competitive with some of the powerhouse schools. Louisiana is one of those next-tier states, like an Ohio or a Georgia or Pennsylvania. It, too, shares a border. Memphis, in Tennessee, is a stone’s throw from the Natural State. Poach from there. Even up in Kansas City and St. Louis, Arkansas can, or should, make at least a mark.

The returns are early, but so far they are positive.

Stealing commits is what Arkansas needs to do

Look, it isn’t a crime. Coaches are more than welcome, actually, to continue recruiting players once that player commits to another school. Sweeten the pot. Get them to flip.

That’s how Arkansas can turn its ship around quickly. Morris collecting players from in-state and bringing SMU commits isn’t going to return the Razorbacks to powerhouse status. Not that alone, anyway. But doing things like what  may happen with Joshua Moore, however, is a different story.

The 4-star wideout de-committed from Nebraska recently. Now, he’s opening his mind to Arkansas. The appeal of playing in Morris’ wide-open offense is almost certainly a draw.

And that’s what Arkansas will have to continue to do. Flip players. Until the Hogs become nationally relevant again, Morris and company have to vulture where they can.

This man will help Arkansas in Texas

Welcome Jeff Traylor to Razorbacks Nation.

The man who was named interim coach at SMU when Morris left is now reportedly on his way to join Morris at Arkansas.

Traylor did not, apparently, receive the full-time head coaching gig with the Mustangs. Morris had left a spot open for him, it appears. That gives the Razorbacks a — get this — experienced special teams coach, if Traylor ends up doing that. Special teams have been, if you haven’t been watching the last four years, brutal at Arkansas.


Tweets and the like

• Former Clemson and current NFL wideout Sammy Watkins sings the praises of Morris:

• They are missing Morris down in Dallas already. This piece has some hurt to it:

• This. Is. The. Greatest. Hype. Video. Ever:

• This has to be priority No. 1 for Morris when it comes to the Class of 2018. Arkansas wants to keep the best player in the state. Treylon Burks is a 5-star recruit. Look at these stats:

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