LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Right around the time David Porter made his verbal commitment to Colorado State, he was scrolling through his phone and made an interesting discovery: Colorado State was scheduled to play at Arkansas in September 2019.
Porter rushed to Joe T. Robinson High School and found Koilan Jackson — then a longtime Arkansas commit and Porter’s high school teammate — to share the news.
“Koilan, we get to play against each other!” Porter excitedly told Jackson.
Not only that, but Porter — who at the time didn’t have an Arkansas scholarship offer — would get a chance to show the Razorbacks what they missed.
Instead, Porter will now have two opportunities to show the Rams what they lost when he flipped to the Razorbacks. After receiving a late January offer from Arkansas, Porter signed with the Hogs and will join the team this summer along with Jackson.
“It has sunk in gradually,” Porter said this week. “It really hit me on signing day, of course, but now it’s really starting to sink in, that I’ll be there for the next four years.”
Porter originally committed to Colorado State on Jan. 24, choosing the Rams over several bigger offers from the likes of Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State and Texas. Arkansas was the offer he really wanted, but the Hogs hadn’t extended one yet and it was getting late in the process.
But after defensive end Troy James de-committed from the Hogs, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema invited Porter to campus for an official visit. Before Porter left to head back to Little Rock, he had received an offer and given his commitment.
Jackson was thrilled that Porter would be joining him in Fayetteville. They will be the second and third Robinson High graduates on the roster, joining sophomore running back T.J. Hammonds as Senators-turned-Razorbacks.
“I knew from the first day I met him that he was on that level,” Jackson said.
Porter’s mother, Kecia, called the flip to Arkansas “bittersweet.”
“I believe when you give your word to something, you need to stick by it, and he had already committed to Colorado State,” Kecia Porter said. “But when he decided that he wanted to go to Arkansas, I couldn’t stand in the way of that.
“I know that’s something he wanted to do. He was just waiting on the offer and the offer didn’t come when he expected it.
“God isn’t on our time; he’s on his own time, but he’s right on time. It came when God wanted him to get the offer. I’m glad. I’ll be at every home game whether he’s on the field or not. Our whole family is excited.”
Porter admitted that the call to de-commit from Colorado State was a tough one.
“I don’t like doing people like that,” Porter said.
Then about a month after National Signing Day, Arkansas announced that it would travel to Colorado State during the 2018 season, making the Hogs-Rams series a home-and-home.
“That is so crazy,” Porter said.
Porter could play either defensive end or outside linebacker in the Razorbacks’ new 3-4 defensive scheme. As a high school senior, he recorded 105 tackles — 24 for loss — and 10 sacks.