Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman has spent the better part of four decades near-perfecting the craft of various offensive lineman from all across the college football landscape. Razorback fans got a taste of what Pittman was capable of building while on staff from 2013-15.
Since being hired in December, Pittman has mentioned on numerous occasions that Arkansas was his dream job. He missed the opportunity to come play as an 18-year old in Grove, OK, then some 25 or so years later an opportunity came open at Georgia that pulled him away from Fayetteville for a short time, and to his wife Jamie’s approval he has returned to The Natural State for possibly the final lap of his coaching career.
In Pittman’s three years as Arkansas’ offensive line coach, his group gave up only 36 sacks. Since that time, they have surrendered 119 under the tutelage of Kurt Anderson (’16 & 17) and Dustin Fry (’18 & 19). During that time Pittman mentored Dan Skipper, Sebastian Tretola, Denver Kirkland, and future first-round pick Frank Ragnow and he is trying to revive that type caliber of talent.
“The Hogs” were the infamous offensive line for the Washington Redskins who brutalized NFL defensive lines for a decade beginning in the early 80s. Led by the legendary coach Joe Gibbs, they paved the path that led to three Super Bowls for the nation’s capital in 1982, ’87, and ’91.
Pittman may very well have his own group of Hogs, or in current time “piglets”, in his own backyard. Arkansas already has an in-state pledge in the trenches for ’21, but there are plenty more to keep an eye out for 2022 and ’23.
Terry Wells (6’4, 306) Wynne HS: Wells was the first commit for 2021, and is the #2-ranked player in Arkansas. Wells is explosive at the point of attack and also can move inside to play guard if need be. Wynne runs the flexbone offense so it is expected he will need to get acclimated to the fast-paced “veer and shoot” Kendal Briles is implementing, but overall he fits the mold of a Sam Pittman-esk player: bullish and doesn’t stop until he hears a whistle.
Andrew Chamblee (6’6, 300) Maumelle HS: Andrew Chamblee enters his junior season as one of the country’s top offensive linemen. Chamblee takes the top spot in Arkansas for 2022 and is 224th overall. Already with multiple Division 1 offers to his credit including Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, TCU, MIZZOU, Mississippi State, and Kansas he is sure to continue to build his stock. “We went to play Pea Ridge week 1 last year, and Virginia Tech was his first offer after that” Maumelle head coach Kirk Horton said. “He has done nothing but improve since then. As of now he plays left tackle for us and could possibly move to right at the next level” Horton added. “We have given him reps at guard, but we think it would be a disservice to move him inside.”
E’Marion Harris (6’6, 305) Joe T. Robinson HS: E’Marion is the son of former Razorback defensive lineman, Elliott Harris. He has started every game for the Senators since his freshman year. Robinson is the defending class 4A state champions. His offers include Alabama, Arkansas, and Miami. “He started as a 13-year old for us and can play all 5 positions on the offensive line”, Robinson assistant coach Brian Maupin said. “He is the best snapper we have on the team and can move his feet like a guard.”
Will Diggins (6’4, 265) Bryant HS: Diggins started every game as a sophomore at left tackle, helping the Hornets win their second straight 7A state title and also started for the basketball team. Bryant Offensive Line coach Shane Clancy says as of right now he is “up and coming” in terms of colleges taking notice. “He can play guard or tackle, but it really depends on what certain programs are looking for” Clancy said of his growth and skillset. Diggins has been receiving interest from the Kansas.
Brooks Edmonson (6’5, 275) Bryant HS: Edmonson plays on the opposite side of Will Diggins holding down the right tackle spot, starting every contest there as a sophomore. He currently holds an offer from Kansas but just as he said about Diggins, Coach Clancy feels that both are just getting started. Clancy said Edmonson can play multiple positions if the situation comes down to that. “Brooks can play tackle or center”, Clancy said. “We had an instance last season within a day’s notice we told him he would be playing center and he ended up being there for two games. He did very well snapping the ball and still was able to move around like a right tackle.”
Will Moss (6’3, 295) DeWitt HS: Like E’Marion Harris for Robinson, Will Moss also started on the DeWitt varsity team as a freshman. DeWitt head coach Mark Courtney has been coaching for over twenty years, and 2019 was the first time he has ever started a 9th grader from the beginning of the season. “We have had Will going through drills with us since he was in 8th grade, we knew pretty early he was special” Courtney said. “He has great feet, and just like many of my guys he does stuff outside of practice. I’ve got a contingent of kids you just can’t work enough and Will is one of those.” Moss has an offer from Kansas.