Nick Saban is battling Bret Bielema for Arkansas recruits. The score so far is Bret Bielema 2, Nick Saban 1.
Ty Storey, a Charleston, Ark., quarterback and 2015 recruiting prospect, has committed to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, according to numerous reports. Storey chose Arkansas over Alabama, Auburn and others.
Last season, Storey racked up 3,397 yards and 48 touchdowns, with only six interceptions, in his first year of high school football action.
The challenges are no less for Bret Bielema, who has said he wants to attract the best high school players in Arkansas and convince them to call the Hogs.
The battle between Bielema and Saban for Arkansas high school talent started last recruiting season with North Little Rock running back Altee Tenpenny. The prep star committed to Saban long before Bielema ever arrived in Fayetteville as the head Hog, but that didn’t stop the new coach from putting the moves on the running back.
Reports at the time indicated that Saban was concerned enough to continue visiting Tenpenny after Bielema’s arrival in Arkansas, despite the fact he had been firmly committed to the Crimson Tide.
Most Arkansas fans seemed to give Bielema a pass on not nabbing Tenpenny, but all eyes turned to other in-state players with offers from Saban, including Charleston’s Ty Storey.
Bijhon Jackson, a defensive tackle from El Dorado, is a 2014 prospect with an offer from Alabama who as already to committed to Bielema. That brings the score to 2-1.
So as the battle for the best Arkansas high school football talent continues to rage, we turn our attention to Springdale Har-Ber’s talented defensive tackle, Josh Frazier.
Frazier has listed Arkansas and Alabama among his top five schools left standing in the recruiting battle. The others he listed are Texas A&M, Georgia and the University of Southern California.
As Jim Harris wrote last week:
And don’t think that Alabama coach Nick Saban wouldn’t like to gig Bielema and take another prize out of Arkansas, particularly when Bielema’s speaking tour comments about Saban and his record in the Big Ten were made public earlier this spring. Sure, Saban publicly said he wasn’t even thinking about Bielema’s widely reported words, but anyone who knows the SEC knows that privately they are locked away in Saban’s memory bank on his personal bulletin board.
But for today, Bielema is winning, which sounds nice.
Bret Bielema is beating Nick Saban on the field sounds nicer.