As expected getting this close to signing day, things are changing.
Over the weekend, two of the Hog commitments switched to different schools. William Russ, the kicker from Shreveport Evangel flipped to Texas. Most reports say the reason for the switch was that at Texas, the starting job for all kicking roles is his to lose. I get that. What I don’t get is that he was quoted saying that Texas didn’t have the program he wanted to major in, Turf Management. I guess being able to kick for Texas is worth changing what you want to do for a living.
Armand Williams committed to Arkansas last week and it appeared that we were stealing an undervalued recruit out of Louisiana. He’s ranked the #98 WR by Rivals but is so athletic that his upside was huge. LSU came in at the last minute and offered him and he switched. It’s obvious that LSU was always his top school and when they didn’t get commits from other WRs, he got the offer he was looking for.
Today we find out Deonte Welch, an unranked three star WR from Williston, FL seems to have switched to USF. When he committed, talk on the board was “why in the world did we offer him?” Now there’s a bit of hand wringing that we lost him.
Now, the good news. We offered Zach Hocker from Russellville and he flipped from Arkansas State. He’s not regarded as highly as Russ was, but we already have a really good kicker coming in with Eduardo Camara. I’m just glad the coaching staff is working hard to create competition at one of the team’s weakest positions. Here’s a video of Hocker booming a 48 yard FG with plenty of room to spare.
And keep up with the scuttlebutt in the Recruiting forum.