BENTONVILLE — The ceremony will have to wait, but business went on as scheduled for three Bentonville football players who signed their national letters of intent Wednesday morning.
Jack Kraus was first as he signed with Arkansas. Jimmie Jackson then signed with Arkansas Tech, while Chase Morse made Oklahoma Baptist his choice.
Kraus did all of his work without leaving home because of winter weather that forced the cancellation of classes Wednesday. The Tigers tight end said his letter was signed and sent before 8 a.m.
“This is pretty crazy,” Kraus said. “I never thought this day would happen, but now I’m really blessed.”
Kraus (6-foot-6, 236 pounds) stayed true to the verbal commitment he made back on April 1 and signed with the Razorbacks. He said other schools interested dropped off after that, especially with Kraus’ connection to Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr., the former Bentonville offensive coordinator.
He was primarily used as a blocker and finished the season with 12 receptions for 137 and two touchdowns, including one in Bentonville’s 39-28 victory over Cabot in the Class 7A State Championship.
“I was pretty set on going to Arkansas,” Kraus said. “It offered too much for me to turn everything down, and coach Lunney and I stayed in good contact.
“Now I just need to continue getting better. I will enroll in summer classes, and I’ll be working on my overall strength and better conditioning. I also need to improve on playing through contact, especially since I will be in the SEC.”