How to know when a recruit is seriously interested in Arkansas

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Recruiting question of the Day: Friday, March 16, 2018

This is a fun question for me, because I think about this all the time.

It’s rare to know how a recruit actually feels immediately following a visit. You get a lot of generic, stock answers from recruits who have been through the process of visits and interviews several times. It makes sense. Discussing recruitment over several months can get old and stressful.

Some are also uncomfortable in interview situations. They are just going to say whatever they need to for the interview to end as quickly as possible. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s understandable teenagers could feel uncomfortable with questions coming at them and a recorder in their face.

In some instances, with very open and outgoing recruits, they give enough information immediately following a visit that you can take something from it. But that’s only if they really enjoyed it. They are still going to find something good to say even if there is no way they are going to a certain school.

So, I kind of always take the immediate interviews after a visit with a grain of salt for all of these reasons. I don’t want to say they are all token responses, but they are to a fairly high extent.

I believe the time to really tell how much recruits like Arkansas is to talk to them at least a couple weeks after they’ve visited. If they are still glowing about the Razorbacks at that point, their interest is very serious.

A perfect recent example is wide receiver Lance Wilhoite in the 2019 class. SEC Country spoke with him nearly three weeks after he was on campus at Arkansas, and he still talked about the Hogs as if they are his top choice. That tells me his interest is serious. I believe Arkansas has a much better chance at getting his commitment than I would’ve thought a couple of weeks ago.

There are examples on the flip side of Wilhoite as well. Tight end Luke Ford in the 2018 class is an example that comes to mind. He visited campus last March and talked about Arkansas like it was clearly the place for him. He even committed shortly after the visit. But in the following weeks, things changed drastically. Ford de-committed and took visits all over the country, eventually committing to and signing with Georgia.

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