The Arkansas-Texas A&M football series is slated for the Dallas Cowboys AT&T Stadium until 2024, then it looks like it will start being at home in 2025 with a game in Fayetteville.
Until then, the Razorbacks will do what little they can for the rookies when they are the designated home team in the neutral Southwest Classic venue as they are this year and into 2023.
Unlike a real home game in Fayetteville where prospects can chat with on-site coaches and see the campus and facilities, Arkansas can only do one thing in Arlington according to Madison “Maddie” Pool, associate director of recruiting. campus football player and older sister. linebacker Razorback Bumper Pool.
“Really, since it’s a neutral place, we can’t do anything but give them recruit tickets, but it’s good that they can see us playing in Jerry World, an NFL stadium,” and it’s a cool experience for them. to attend and see that our fans are rolling everywhere, ”Pool said.
“I think it’s important for them to see this because we recruit so many people from Texas.”
Pool says Arkansas expects between 30 and 40 Razorback rookies to be unofficial visitors to former Razorback player and owner and benefactor of the Dallas Cowboys program, Jerry Jones’ football palace.
Pool, a Dallas suburb of Lucas, Texas, is aware that some fans are calling for all “home” games on the Fayetteville campus, but sees fit to play in Arlington.
“I think it’s really cool to be able to say you’re playing in an NFL stadium, which is an experience like no other,” Pool said. “I think it’s great to have Jerry Jones on this program and I just think it shows how involved he is and wants his Razorbacks to be a part of it. I just think it’s a great addition to our home program every two years.
Pool, who previously worked on the staff of Bret Bielema and Chad Morris, is thrilled with the way things are going for second-year Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman. She saw the level of excitement from current players and rookies Arkansas has hosted the past three weekends.
“I honestly think the culture has completely changed and the boys are so excited and are really taking it game by game,” Pool said. “They will go through any brick wall for these coaches and trust these staff and I think it shows on the football field and in their daily lives.
“I think the rookies can really see it and want to take the plunge and have a future with the Razorbacks. “
There are actually three pools in Fayetteville, as younger brother Harper is in his sophomore at Arkansas.
He worked in the Arkansas Football Equipment Hall last year and is now a regular student with his own podcast called “Porch Talk,” which he started on September 3.
“It’s really just a blessing,” Pool said. “Most of the kids when they go to college they all break up, but it’s really great now that the three of us are here.
“Having Harper here last year and seeing him from the inside was so special.”
The trio gathered on the field for a celebratory photo flashing the Horns Down signal following Arkansas’ 41-20 victory over Texas on September 11.
“We all grew up as Razorback fans and after the victory in Texas we were able to come together on the pitch and it was just a really cool moment that I will remember forever,” Pool said.
Bumper Pool was a four-star rookie who had offers from Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, USC, Michigan, Oklahoma State, TCU, Arizona, Maryland, SMU, and others.
“It’s kind of a dream come true,” Maddie Pool said. “I knew he wanted to be a Razorback since he was little. I never dreamed of working here, but loved every minute of it.
“When Bumper was recruited I think I knew deep down that he had always wanted to be a Razorback, but I started to get nervous and I was like, ‘Hey, but you still prefer Arkansas, right? “”
Bumper Pool (6-2, 230) admires his sister, who is three years older than him and works with campus football recruiting director and close friend Callie Conway.
“My sister is one of the hardest working people I know,” said Bumper Pool. “She’s here everyday doing a bunch of stuff… She does everything she can to help with opportunities and recruiting. I am so proud of everything she has done here. She sort of started by helping with recruiting and expanded her role and took on more and more responsibility. “
Maddie Pool is in graduate school and happy in her role.
“Honestly, I love working in football, I love this staff and I have no plans for anything other than football at the moment,” Pool said. “Much like the boys, I take it game by game, season by season and I’m just happy to be here and thankful that Coach Pittman has allowed me to be on the staff and help the Razorbacks every day. days.”