Arkansas coach Bret Bielema wears afro wig in hilarious photo with recruit

Arkansas welcomed three-star guard Jalen Merrick for his official visit to Fayetteville for Saturday’s home game against Ole Miss – a resounding 30-0 Razorbacks victory.

Merrick, a native of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, got to meet with coach Bret Bielema one-on-one and Bielema had a hilarious surprise waiting for him.

Yep, that’s Bielema donning an afro wig similar to the one sported by the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Merrick.

Offensive line coach Sam Pittman wore the wig too.

Based off Merrick’s tweets, he loved the hospitality he received at Arkansas. With signing day more than two months away, we’ll see if the coaching staff’s efforts pay off with Merrick's commitment.

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