David Porter finally received the offer from Arkansas he’d coveted. And once he did, he didn’t hesitate on deciding to be a Razorback.
Porter (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) told coach Bret Bielema he was ready to commit immediately after receiving the offer Sunday morning. The 3-star defensive end from Joe T. Robinson High School (Little Rock, Ark.) publicly announced his decision via Twitter about an hour later.
“I thought it was coming, and I hoped it was coming,” Porter said. “But when it actually did, it was also a surprise. It was a little bit of both.”
Porter had committed to Colorado State on Jan. 24 while also having offers from Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas and others. He announced his de-commitment from the Rams moments before pledging to Arkansas.
The addition of Porter strengthens the Razorbacks recent pipeline into Robinson High School. He joins wide receiver Koilan Jackson as a commit in the class, and running back T.J. Hammonds just completed his freshman season. Porter says joining his former high school teammates is one of the best parts of being able to play in Fayetteville.
“It’s been pretty crazy,” Porter said. “Me, Koilan, (Robinson assistant Brian) Maupin we’ve been all over the country, really. And little did we know we’d end up right back in Arkansas. That’s the craziest part, because for a long time I didn’t know where I would end up.”
At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds with a 6-foot-9 wingspan, Porter projects to play outside linebacker in the Hogs’ new 3-4 scheme. He had 105 tackles, 24 of those going for a loss, and 10 sacks as a senior last season.
The Razorbacks now have 22 commits/signees in the 2017 class. They likely still need to add another defensive lineman, and are hopeful to add a cornerback in the class. Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.) 3-star defensive lineman Troy James de-committed from Arkansas on Friday. He was the Razorbacks’ only defensive line commit.