Arkansas has gained two commitments from JUCO offensive lineman in two days. Tuesday at 2:56, Myron Cunningham, 6-5 300, announced his commitment to the Razorbacks over Oklahoma and hated rival, Texas.
hCunningham was certainly at huge get figuratively speaking and huge in the sense he could be a day-one starter at left tackle. Which would be an upgrade of our current talent level at the position.
Secondly, gaining the commitment of JUCO stud, Chibueze Nwanna, who is literally the biggest commitment of all. Nwanna is a tower of a man out of Lackwanna College (6’7 315). He chose the Razorbacks over Maryland, Penn State and Louisville. At The a Hog Pen, we are certain that Nwanna and Cunningham will receive immediate playing time on the Razorback offensive line.
Cunningham and Nwanna will both join the current incoming freshman lineman in Dylan Rathcke (6’5 290), Beaux Limmer (6’5 280), Brady Latham (6’5 287) and Drew Vest, a preferred walk-on was (6’7 290).
For the majority of the last three seasons, the Razorback offense has been atrocious. They have been shuffled around, gained no chemistry and have allowed more sacks than any other SEC team in the same time span. After losing Denver Kirkland, Mitch Smothers and Sebastian Tretola left the Razorbacks, the offensive line was never the same. Kirkland, the left tackle, was replaced with senior to be, Dan Skipper. Converted defensive lineman, Hjalte Froholdt, lined up at left guard. Frank Ragnow was able to slide over to center to take over for Smothers. After Ragnow moved to center, it was a revolving door of lineman at that position. The never could get it right. The graduate transfer, Jake Raulerson, took over at the start of the season but was replaced by Johnny Gibson, a former walk-on from Dumas, AR. At right tackle, Tretola was replaced by a former highly recruited Brian Wallace, who was in and out of the lineup as a sophomore but improved enough to keep the position full-time by his junior season.
In 2017, Colton Jackson replaced Skipper. Frank Ragnow rotated on offensive line between both guard positions and center. Zach Rogers was finally placed at center during the Alabama game. Froholdt was in his second season at left guard. While musical chairs was played at right guard and tackle. It was ugly and got worse throughout the season with the Hogs limping to a 4-8 finish.
Sacks the last three seasons:
2016: 34; 1st SEC
2017: 35; 1st Tied SEC
2018: 31; 3rd SEC
Here is a list of starters on the offensive linessince 2016:
Colton Jackson, Frank Ragnow, Dan Skipper, Hjalte Froholdt, Johnny Gibson, Jake Raulerson, Brian Wallace, Paul Ramirez, Dylan Hays, Zach Rogers, Ty Clary, Kirby Adcock, Shane Clenin, Dalton Wagner and Noah Gatlin.
The offensive line problems have been well documented through these last three seasons but gaining these commitments from two highly regarded JUCO prospects bodes well for improvement in 2019.
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