With many of Arkansas’ 2022 engagements gearing up for their first scrum next week, one of 17 already has two on the books and another slated for Friday.
Memphis (Tenn.) Christian Brothers offensive lineman Patrick Kutas (6-5, 290 pounds) and his Purple Wave mixed Henry County (July 30) and Houston (August 5).
Christian Brothers, 7-4 last season, will face Arlington on Friday night and then open the season by hosting Germantown on Saturday, August 21.
âI think it’s been a learning experience because we have so many new guys, but I don’t think it really means anything and I think we look pretty good right now,â Kutas said. âIt was kind of like evaluating the players and seeing who was the best match for which location and trying to have the best players on the pitch.
âI think we can be a really special team this year. “
Kutas is part of a Razorback recruiting class that is 18th nationally and sixth in the SEC according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
That wouldn’t be surprising as Christian Brothers have made the state playoffs for 22 straight years.
The Purple Wave also includes the four-star tail engagement from Ohio State Dallan Hayden (5-11, 195), former Arkansas younger brother and current Illinois running back Chase Hayden.
Young Hayden ran for 2,010 yards and 24 touchdowns last season as a junior while also being named Mr. Football in the State in an award presented by the Tennessee Titans to the NFL.
Hayden chose the Buckeyes over Arkansas, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Illinois and others.
“Dallan is a special player and it’s a pleasure to block,” said Kutas. “He’s a very exciting guy who does a lot of games for us.”
Kutas chose Arkansas over Oregon, Illinois, State of Florida, State of Arizona, Tennessee, Memphis, State of Mississippi, Texas A&M, Louisville, Princeton, Army, Air Force, Coastal Carolina, Liberty and others.
He got a good overview of Arkansas via a virtual tour on February 20, an in-person visit for the Razorbacks Red-White game on April 20, and his official visit from June 11-13.
âIn choosing Arkansas, all of the factors were right,â Kutas said. âIt’s SEC football. Coach Pittman is a great offensive lineman and I felt comfortable with everyone there. I felt like this was the right place.
Kutas is part of an announced Razorback offensive line class that includes four-star prospects in Joe T. Robinson’s E’Marion Harris (6-7, 370) and Maumelle’s Andrew Chamblee (6-5, 290) and the three-star prospect Eli Henderson (6-5, 300) of Duncan (SC) Byrnes.
Arkansas and many other schools initially recruited Kutas as a defensive lineman, but he quickly became an offensive lineman prospect.
âI started out as a defensive lineman in high school, but obviously grew a lot and I’m still very athletic, which translates very well into an offensive lineman while having D-line skill,â Kutas said.
Being just five hours from Fayetteville, Kutas hopes to make a lot of Arkansas games this fall. He noted that seeing an empty Reynolds Razorback stadium for the first time was impressive and can’t imagine what it will be like packed with fans for games like Arkansas-Texas on September 11.
âI want to get up there as much as I can and really feel like it,â Kutas said. “I think Coach Pittman and his team are going in the right direction and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Christian Brothers head coach Travis McDaniel praised Kutas’ work ethic.
âWe knew when he was in his sophomore year that he was going to be special because he was very easy to coach, very tough,â McDaniel told Memphis TV station WTAN. âHis work ethic is above everyone else. There is no one who works harder than Patrick Kutas.
Kutas, who had 55 tackles, nine for lost yards and three sacks as a junior, is determined to capitalize on his senior season with a stated primary goal.
âI obviously want to win the state, it’s the biggest, but really I want to have as much fun as possible,â Kutas said. âIt’s my senior season so I want to go out and do my best personally. “