Arkansas linebacker commit Andrew Parker signed with the Razorbacks on Wednesday amid speculation he may flip his pledge to Texas.
The Razorbacks were the first Power 5 program to offer Parker, who attends Sophie B. Wright High School in New Orleans. He’s now a 3-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite, but he was unrated Jan. 12 when the Hogs offered. At that time, his only other Division I offers were from FCS programs Georgetown, Houston Baptist and McNeese State. And none of those came until mid-November.
Parker (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) quickly scheduled an official visit to Fayetteville following his offer. He committed Jan. 21, immediately after his three-day stay on campus. Ole Miss, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M all offered between his commitment to Arkansas and National Signing Day.
The Longhorns emerged as the most likely option to steal him from the Hogs following his official visit to Austin last weekend. Keeping him from flipping is a significant victory for Arkansas in this class.
Parker had 107 tackles and 26 tackles for loss as a senior last season. He is the 16th signee in Arkansas class with the possibility of more being added.