- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
There's always pressure to succeed on the recruiting trail, but some coaches are facing more weight than others and must produce successful 2015 recruiting classes. You wouldn't necessarily say these coaches' jobs are on the line this year, but they definitely are on the hot seat to lure elite talent to their rosters.
Why he's on the recruiting hot seat: Most observers gave Bielema a pass after the first season at Arkansas because of the mess he inherited both on and off the field after the Bobby Petrino fiasco. But a 3-9 overall 2013 record and a winless SEC season didn't sit well with the Razorbacks faithful. Also on the negative side: a 2014 class that finished 30th in the country and was ahead of only Missouri, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt in the SEC, and watching highly regarded in-state defensive tackle Joshua Frazier sign with SEC rival Alabama. Bielema is likely going to get some time to right the ship in Fayetteville, but the 2015 class is going to be critical for him. There are five ESPN 300 prospects in the state, and the good news is that two, including top-ranked C.J. O'Grady, have already committed to the Hogs.
Audible: "After the first class, you could tell Bielema knew he had to get things fixed in his recruiting office," a rival SEC West recruiting coordinator said. "It's why you saw him clean house and bring in a new director of recruiting. Coach [E.K.] Franks has ties all over Texas and Louisiana. That move is already paying off. It's a big year for Arkansas. They can't let those in-state guys get away. The problem is that everybody wants those guys, especially [ESPN 300 receiver] K.J. Hill."