CAMDEN By PATRIC FLANNIGAN
It’s never a good time to lose a recruiter, but for the Arkansas Razorbacks there’s definitely a silver lining.
One of Arkansas’ stand out recruiters and wide receivers coach Justin Stepp is joining incoming coach Shane Beamer’s staff at South Carolina. It may seem like a bit of a trap job considering the momentum in recruiting that North Carolina and Clemson has in recruiting but for Stepp is was a chance to be closer to home.
Stepp did a solid job for Arkansas in his tenure being credited for brining in Treylon Burks, Trey Knox, TQ Jackson and Shamar Nash. He also played a big role in landing Arkansas signees Ketron Jackson and Jaedon Wilson who appear to be a couple of good SEC caliber receivers in the future for the Hogs.
During the tough couple of years under Chad Morris, one could argue that the only position that was presentable besides the running backs were the wide receivers.
New Arkansas Razorback Wide Receiver’s coach Kenny Guiton has thrived throughout his career when it comes to filling big shoes.
As a five-year student athlete at Ohio State, Guiton saw action in 22 games. His senior year, Guiton was brought in to replace Braxton Miller against Perdue after an injury. The Buckeye’s were undefeated at the time but trailing Perdue late in the second half. Down 22-14 with less than a minute left, Guiton led the Buckeye’s on a TD drive and added a two-point conversion to tie the game. Ohio State would go on to win in overtime to preserve what ended up being a 13-0 season.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a big fan of Ohio State, but I’d be lying to say having ties from there wont help in recruiting. It has a greater impact when a recruiter that saw success while playing at one of the more famous D1 schools tells a high school student about the potential they see in them as opposed to a recruiter that may have played at a smaller school. It’s also a benefit to have a coach on the staff that went to high school in a talent abundant Houston. He’s known in that area and maybe that can be enough to sway some of those Texas prospects.
Guiton has had coaching stops at Colorado State, Louisiana Tech and Houston where he was on the coaching staff for the Tom Herman team that finished 13-1 in 2015.