Arkansas is continuing to add talent as it prepares to open its new home in the SEC, and the Razorbacks’ top-25 class could make a big difference in the way recruits view the state.
“I think it’s going to be an opportunity for a lot of kids to see their hometown, and be able to get a glimpse of what it’s like to live here,” Razorback coach Bret Bielema said.
“I think you can see it on their faces.
I think they’ll be happy to know that Arkansas is their home.
They’ll be a lot more open to being able to visit.
That’s a really good thing.”
The Razorbacks will open their new stadium in 2019, the new home of the school, and it will be home to the first-ever Cotton Bowl in 2019.
The stadium, which is being built on land formerly used for football practice fields, is set to be completed in March.
“It’s just exciting to have the Cotton Bowl here and see the school be here,” Arkansas tight end Brandon Smith said.
“They’re definitely going to get excited.
The people who work at the stadium are really excited about it.”
The Cotton Bowl, which will be played on Nov. 16, will feature the nation’s top-ranked Crimson Tide and top-five Notre Dame.
It is a matchup of two teams that have been competing in bowls the past few years.
The Cotton Bowl is one of only five bowl games in which the winner will be invited to the Super Bowl.
The Razorback-Clemson game will be the most-anticipated game in program history, with many fans planning to attend.
The Razorbacks are planning a homecoming for Clemson, which beat the Tigers in last year’s BCS title game.
“Obviously, this game is huge for us,” Arkansas defensive tackle Marlon McCaffrey said.