We saw an article on one of the national sports websites the other day (we can’t remember which one or we would link to it. OK, it was on all of them. Probably.) that breathlessly proclaimed “Notre Dame Recruiting Goes Nationwide!” or some such statement of the obvious.
Because anytime Notre Dame blows their nose it is national news, worthy of breathless reporting.
Anyway, it got us to wondering just how far and wide the Razorback staff went in recruiting during the two short months they had to work with.
We recalled that there were recruits from Hawaii and Florida, we were pretty sure we remembered a QB from New Jersey or some such Yankee place or another.
That’s nationwide, amirite?
Our excitement at an ambidextrous punter from Australia (KANGAROOS!) remains unabated, which I’m pretty sure makes the Razorbacks international.
So we called up the 2013 Razorback recruiting class and started plotting it out on a map, just to satisfy our own curiosity. This is what we came up with:
A breathless infographic of the 2013 Razorback Recruiting Class.
Because that is too small to make any sense of, here is a BIG ONE.
(It is suitably sized for a desktop background/wallpaper if you are so inclined.)
In the process of making this infographic, we used Google Maps to figure out where places like College of the Siskiyous, Egg Harbor, New Jersey and Arvada, Colorado are exactly.
Which lead to this: An interactive Google Map. If you click on the pins, the popup boxes contain links to player bios and film highlights.Programming note: The map is embedded on this page, but it really works best in its own window. Click the link below the map for a new page with the map loaded up. Also note that because some of the recruits come from junior colleges, they have two places on the map – one for their high school and one for the junior college they attended.
Take a look at the Arkansas Recruiting Interactive Map in its very own window!
As always, in the coming days, we will do one for the Red Wolves recruiting class too.