Over the past few weeks, it has become clear that the Arkansas Razorbacks like the dynamics of a dual-threat quarterback and Lucas Coley fits that description.
Quarterback Lucas Coley has been a solid Arkansas commit since June. Coley will bring to the Razorbacks good mobility and a strong arm. Coley has been a recruiting target for Sam Pittman and his staff for several months and securing his commitment gives Arkansas a talented quarterback that can fill the shoes of Feleipe Franks. Making the big play and being careful with the football is what Coley has focused on in his senior season at Cornerstone Christina in San Antonio, TX.
Like all incoming freshmen, Coley is going to have some things he would like to improve upon. Coley has the arm strength and is intelligent enough to play in the SEC. What Coley needs to improve on is his patience in the pocket. Coley should not be looking to escape the pocket every time a little pressure is felt. Coley needs to spend a little more time reading the pass coverage and then decide if he wants to use his legs to pick up some yardage.
Over the next few years, the Arkansas Razorbacks will have the opportunity to develop a quarterback. The Hogs will have KJ Jefferson, Malik Hornsby, John Stephen Jones, Cade Pearson, and Braden Bratcher all returning at the quarterback position. Jefferson and Hornsby will each receive a the most attention from fans as possible candidates to replace Franks. Coley will have the opportunity to come in as an early enrollee and begin to learn the playbook.
Sam Pittman and his staff are starting to put the roster together how they would like it. An emphasis is being placed on the defensive side of the ball to close out the 2021 recruiting class. The 2021 Arkansas recruiting class has been a good mix of the skill position guys, offensive linemen, and defensive position players. The class is doing a great job of building off of the momentum the team is setting.