FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas didn’t receive a verbal commitment from a new prospect Monday morning.
But one player’s renewed commitment to the Razorbacks was important anyway.
Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry — who committed to Arkansas last summer but had been evaluating other options the past few months — solidified his plans to sign with Arkansas on Feb. 6 after taking an official visit to campus over the weekend. Henry, who is one of the top high school prospects in Arkansas, made his intentions known with a Twitter post Monday morning.
“I’m all in with the Hogs! Ready to be playing with all my boys. #WPS,” Henry said via Twitter.
The 6-foot-6, 235-pound tight end is regarded as one of the best players at his position in the 2013 signing class.
Scout.com and Rivals.com rate Henry as a four-star prospect on a five-star scale. He is the No. 2 tight end in the country and the 58th best overall prospect in the nation, according to Rivals.com. Henry is rated as the No. 4 tight end by Scout.com.
Henry’s solidified plan gives new Arkansas coach Bret Bielema an important in-state commitment for the 2013 class. The Razorbacks also have in-state players like the Fayetteville High trio of quarterback Austin Allen, safety Alex Brignoni and linebacker Brooks Ellis planning to sign with the program on national signing day.
Arkansas is trying to lure North Little Rock High running back Altee Tenpenny, a four-star prospect, to remain in state as well. Tenpenny has made a verbal commitment to Alabama, but was on an official visit to Arkansas last weekend.
Bielema and the Arkansas staff can’t comment on perspective student-athletes during the recruiting process. But he appeared to hint about Henry’s announcement that he as “all in” with the Razorbacks via Twitter on Monday morning.
“Woooo Pig Soooooie! The day is going up. #wps #1-0 Razorback Family getting stronger by the day,” Bielema said via Twitter.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau