The Recruiting Guy

Pittman talks portal and recruiting during show

Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman speaks Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, during Pittman's weekly talkshow "Sam Pittman Live" at Catfish Hole Restaurant in Fayetteville. 
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Andy Shupe)
Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman speaks Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, during Pittman's weekly talkshow "Sam Pittman Live" at Catfish Hole Restaurant in Fayetteville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Andy Shupe)

Arkansas football coach Sam Pittman went over several topics during his radio show at the Catfish Hole on Wednesday, including the transfer portal and recruiting. 

It was revealed Wednesday the newly formed Arkansas Edge NIL had a record-setting day on Tuesday and Pittman credited the hiring of Bobby Petrino as the new offensive coordinator being a big part of that. 

“From what I heard, yesterday was a huge day for Arkansas Edge,” Pittman said. “I think Coach Petrino had a lot to do with it, too.” 

The money received is vital to the program. 

“We certainly need it and it’s huge part in the success of the team and the success of recruiting,” Pittman said. 

Friday will be the first day of the contact period, which allows the coaches to visit homes and schools while hosting prospects for official visits until Dec. 17. A dead period begins on Dec. 18 and runs until Jan. 11. 

Pittman said he and Petrino will see every offensive commitment during the contact period.

“We’re going to go out Friday morning, seeing a lot of people,” Pittman said. “We have to get to the offensive guys. Obviously, we have to get Coach Petrino in their home and in their school. Really from Friday to the 20th of December, you’re rolling each and every day. Either you’re there or they’re here, one way or another.

"For the most part, our high school recruiting [is over] now because the [official visits] have gone to June. For the most part...that part is over besides hanging onto the class and all that. So right now, it’s going to be the portal.” 

In addition to focusing on the portal and recruiting, Pittman and the staff have conducted 84 exit interviews with players on the roster. 

Schools can also host transfers who plan to enroll at midterm during the Jan. 3-7 window. Portal visits are usually 24 hours, unlike the 48 hours for high school recruits. 

“It’s still hard to get the portal guys because there’s so many guys trying to get the same kid," Pittman said, "but it’s a lot more cut and dry....They’re more interested in what the depth chart looks like and can I play right now.” 

Pittman said the offensive line, a safety, a cornerback, and a quarterback, along with one or two linebackers are, desired from the portal. 

The Hogs have four staff members focused on the portal and the process of identifying and offering a transfer has urgency. 

“We have people looking at them immediately,” Pittman said. “When they go to the portal and if they’re worthy, we think they’re good enough to play at Arkansas through our recruiting department, then they start kicking it out to everybody [on staff].

“That process of a guy going into the portal to being watched and being watched by the position coach, the coordinator and the head coach has to take no more than an hour and half to two hours." 

Pittman gave insight on why most transfers hit the portal. 

“There’s a lot of reasons why guys go into the portal, to be honest with you," he said. "Most of it is finances." 

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