KENNER, La. — Outside linebacker Derrick Munson — the Arkansas Razorbacks’ first 2017 commitment — never once swayed, even in the face of some intense pressure from other coaches who visited him at Archbishop Rummel High School.
Munson committed to the Razorbacks in Jan. 2016, just after his junior season at Archbishop Rummel.
Many college football recruits these days like to continue promoting the scholarship offers they receive and entertain other coaches, even after they are committed.
Rummel coach Jay Roth didn’t give Munson’s phone number to other coaches, but when they would show up at the school and want to talk to Munson, he would sit down with them to avoid being rude.
Derrick’s mom always told him that his face always gives it away when he is annoyed or bored with a conversation. So he found a handy trick to avoid making that face at visiting coaches.
“I’d just be sitting in there and in my head, I’m singing a song,” Munson said. “But to them, I’m paying attention. It would be just any song that popped into my head.
“At the end, I’ll stop and listen to them. Like, say, after 20 minutes pass, I’ll click in and start listening.”
It only became a problem, Munson said, when those coaches would ask him a question that didn’t require a yes or no answer. In those cases, he had to ask the coaches to repeat themselves.
Munson said Arkansas became his school of choice after Dwayne Eugene and Henre’ Toliver became Razorbacks. Eugene and Toliver were Archbishop Rummel seniors when Munson was a freshman, but took Munson under their wings. Once they got to Fayetteville and told him how much they loved it, Munson was sold.
So he waited on that offer.
Briston Guidry was also a good friend and high school teammate to Munson. He is now a redshirt freshman defensive tackle at Arkansas.
That’s why Munson advises future college football recruits to commit whenever they know where they want to go. Waiting around just to see how many offers you can get or to build up drama, Munson said, is a waste of time if your decision is already made.
Because of his skill set, Munson should fit in nicely with Arkansas’ new 3-4 defensive system.