With your bacon, have some Hogs for Breakfast. It’s SEC Country’s weekday column and roundup on all things Arkansas. Opinion, numbers, inane babble and more! And now with ironic exclamation points. There is no place like it on the web.
Bret Bielema knows for Arkansas to take the next step — to elevate from the middling section of the SEC — the Razorbacks need one simple thing.
It isn’t that Arkansas has bad ones. Far from it. Top-30 recruiting classes are, by definition, better than the classes nearly 100 other schools. And Bielema isn’t exactly a slouch at coaching them up. Heck, his entire career at Wisconsin was littered with recruiting classes inferior to those he’s compiled at Arkansas, yet his Badgers played in seven straight bowl games, including three straight Rose Bowls. (He did not coach the team in the third Rose Bowl, following the 2012 season, as he had already accepted the Arkansas job before the game.)
Of course, you see that caveat.
The Big Ten isn’t the SEC, even if it has gotten better the last couple seasons. Those top-30 classes often are only ninth-or-so best in the SEC. Sometimes more like 12th. Arkansas’ players are better than most every team’s in the country … except the ones in its own conference.
Bielema knows this. It’s simple and it isn’t. Complex and not so complex.
Landing 247Sports’ No. 10 junior college recruit in the 2018 class goes a long way toward helping Bielema get Arkansas to where he wants them. The Razorbacks did that on Sunday, Father’s Day.
But landing Dave Williams takes them even further.
Williams is a graduate transfer from South Carolina. He has SEC credentials. He’s established. No projection. No “what he could be.” Williams has shown it. And while he isn’t going to be Arkansas’ top running back — that job belongs to Devwah Whaley — he provides experience behind the starter. The only other running backs on the roster…