The Arkansas football team signed many quality recruits for the 2014 class like the top player in the state of Arkansas Bijohn Jackson, and Army All-American lineman Brian Wallace.
However, there are other players signed that were not highly ranked, but should definitely make an impact on the program in the very near future.
Here are three guys that could really come in and help out the team even though their stars and rating said otherwise.
Cole Hedlund, Argyle, TX Kicker– Arkansas has been spoiled the past four years with one of the best kickers in the country, Zach Hocker. With his departure to the NFL, the kicker spot is wide open and Cole Hedlund should come in and take over.
Hedlund has one of the most impressive high school careers that you will see from a kicker. As a sophomore, he set the national record for most field goals made in a season with 25. He then decides that’s not good enough and breaks that record as a senior while also setting the national record for most field goals made in a career with 54.
Hedlund isn’t just knocking in chip shots either. He had a 57-yard field goal in his senior year and received All-American honors from USA Today. He was just a three-star recruit, but that’s very high considering his position at kicker.
The kicker spot is one of the most overlooked, yet critical positions in football and the Razorbacks should be sitting very well for the next four years with Hedlund.
Check out his tremendous leg in the video below.
Josh Liddell, White Hall, AR Safety– A big position of need for the Hogs was at the safety spot, and Arkansas got a couple of decent players in this year’s class. One guy that came on very late was athlete Josh Liddell who played at Pine Bluff Dollarway.
Liddell has good size and 4.4 speed and was originally committed to Arkansas State, but as soon as the Hogs showed interest, he jumped on board to come to Fayetteville. He got offers from the other in-state schools but along with Arkansas coming in late was the Georgia Bulldogs, which shows how far under the radar Liddell was, but how good he can be.
At Dollarway, Liddell made plays on both sides of the ball, but is supposed to be used primarily as a safety at Arkansas. He reminds me a lot of Korliss Marshall in the fact that he didn’t have many other offers, but came on late and has a huge potential with his athleticism.
Liddell is an athlete that will almost certainly see playing time somewhere on the field very soon– check out his highlight video below.
Jared Cornelius, Shreveport, LA Wide Receiver– One of the lowest graded recruits in the class is WR Jared Cornelius, but after watching his highlight tape, he could polish his skills and become a very nice player for the Hogs.
Cornelius has incredible hands and an uncanny ability to get yards after the catch. He’s also very hard to bring down despite his smaller 6’0”, 180-pound frame.
Cornelius also was a punt return man for Evangel Christian Academy and showed off his elusiveness against some of the top teams in Louisiana. Arkansas will be looking for someone to fill the punt returning spot with the departure of Javontee Herndon and Cornelius may be in the hunt in a year or two.
It also helps that Cornelius is already enrolled at the University this semester and beginning strength and conditioning workouts, which will put some good weight and muscle before the season rolls around.
Here is his highlight video.
Who do you guys think may be a recruit that has flown under the radar and could ultimately help out the Arkansas football team in the near future? Comment below for your thoughts, opinions, or questions.