Arkansas defensive back signee Montaric Brown arrived on campus over the weekend and is cleared to practice with the team, coach Bret Bielema told reporters in Little Rock, Ark., on Monday.
Brown was initially expected to arrive in early June. However, he had yet to qualify academically at that time. He spent most of the summer taking online classes in order to be cleared through the NCAA.
He filed his final paperwork to the NCAA last week. As of early Monday afternoon, he was not listed as a student at the school.
Brown was the No. 1 in-state recruit in the 2017 class and a 4-star prospect according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was expected to potentially compete for playing time this fall. The expectation now is that he will redshirt.
With Brown now joining the team, the Razorbacks have 24 of their 25 signees from 2017 on campus. Defensive lineman Melvin Johnson will not join the program this fall. A junior college transfer who signed in February, Johnson did not academically qualified.
Arkansas is now at the 85-player limit for scholarship players entering the 2017 season. The Hogs open the season Aug. 31 in Little Rock against Florida A&M.