One thing I really like about the Sam Pittman hire is his recruiting prowess. Look at this list of linemen he’s signed:
Among the recruiting wins aided by Pittman:
• Denver Kirkland, an elite prospect from Miami who surprised many on his signing day by choosing the Razorbacks over the likes of Miami, Florida State and Ole Miss.
• Dan Skipper, a four-star prospect from Colorado who initially committed to Pittman at Tennessee, but flipped when Pittman was hired by the Razorbacks.
• Frank Ragnow, a four-star recruit from Minnesota who had offers from the likes of Ohio State, Wisconsin and Florida State.
• Sebastian Tretola, considered one of the top JUCO linemen in the country who was offered by Oklahoma, Florida and TCU, among others.
All have been named all-SEC in some capacity in their two or three years working with Pittman.
Behind Arkansas’ starting five this season were six more linemen who were rated four-star recruits by at least one publication. The Razorbacks have another top lineman, Iowa’s Jake Heinrich, committed to the 2016 class.
We’ve all complained about the talent level of the offensive line that’s passed through Athens over the years. One reason for that is that, for all the high school talent produced in state, Georgia has never really felt like a place that generates tons of great offensive linemen. But it’s obviously not as thin as Arkansas, either.
And that hasn’t stopped Pittman from signing the kinds of kids needed for that offense, because he’s shown the ability to bring in linemen from all over the place. Imagine what he’ll be able to do for Georgia.