FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Offensive lineman Audry Horn from Little Rock (Ark.) Catholic High School announced Wednesday on Twitter his plans to accept a preferred walk-on spot with the Razorbacks’ 2017 class.
— Audry Horn (@BIGHORN78) July 21, 2016
While Horn’s career is likely to begin without a scholarship, that doesn’t mean the 6-foot-4, 315-pound 3-star prospect expects to end his time at Arkansas without one.
“Earning a scholarship when I get there, that’s exactly the plan,” Horn said. “That’s what (head coach Bret Bielema) and (offensive line coach Kurt Anderson) explained would be something that they thought I could do.
“It’s Lineman U for a reason. You go there and they take guys that really have potential and they turn them into some great players. They’re known for having the biggest and baddest offensive linemen.”
Horn was presented with the opportunity to join the Razorbacks as a preferred walk-on during the program’s high school camp in June.
“Arkansas just felt like home when I was there for the three-day camp,” Horn said. “I just really all like Coach Anderson and Coach Bielema. Everything I talked about with them just clicked and make sense. This is the only decision in my mind that made sense.”
With no offer currently on the table from a FBS program, could Horn change his mind if the chance to play major college football on scholarship presents itself?
“It wouldn’t change a single thing,” Horn said. “I’m full Hog now, 100 percent a Razorback.”
RB target took announce decision Sunday
Arkansas 2017 running back target Chase Hayden announced Thursday night he is planning to make his college decision at 8 p.m. Sunday.
The 5-foot-10, 189-pound 3-star prospect from St. George’s Independent School (Collierville, Tenn.) will choose between Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Missouri.
— Chase Hayden (@Chase_Hayden2) July 22, 2016
Hayden was one of the top performers at The Opening, Nike’s premier summer camp with over 160 of the nation’s best prospects. He is the No. 4 all-purpose running back nationally in the class.
He told SEC Country at The Opening he was intrigued by the chance to play for Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.
New commit could be in ’16 or ’17 class
The status of when Arkansas’ newest commit will arrive on campus is currently up in the air.
Riverside (Calif.) City College defensive end Michael Taylor announced his pledge to the Razorbacks on Thursday afternoon following an official visit to Fayetteville.
I would like to announce that I will be Committing to The University Of Arkansas ??? pic.twitter.com/QggtVgb9U8
— Michael Taylor II (@Taylormic2) July 21, 2016
However, it’s hasn’t been decided whether he’ll be a part of the Razorbacks’ 2016 recruiting class and eligible to play immediately or if he’ll join the Class of 2017. The hope and expectation, for both Taylor and Arkansas, is he arrives for this season and could potentially play this fall with three years of eligibility. He currently has course work that must be done by the time classes start Aug. 22 at Arkansas.
If he is not cleared to arrive in Fayetteville this fall, Taylor would be able to play his sophomore season at Riverside and transfer after the first semester. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound Orlando, Fla., native had 50 tackles and four sacks as a freshman.
Noland gets ’18 class started
Quarterback prospect Connor Noland put the Razorbacks on the board for the 2018 class with his commitment Wednesday.
A two-sport star at Greenwood (Ark.) High School, Noland is also committed to the baseball program as a right-handed pitcher.
— Connor Noland (@cnoland_13) July 20, 2016
Xavier McKinney, 4-star safety, Roswell (Ga.) High School
Blessed to receive an offer from Arkansas razorbacks ?? pic.twitter.com/OJlbFGro6g
— Xavier Mckinney (@mckinney_xavier) July 21, 2016
With 16 commits, potentially 17 depending on Taylor’s situation, Arkansas’ 2017 class currently sits at No. 28 nationally and No. 10 in the SEC.
Because of Noland’s commitment, the Razorbacks 2018 class has debuted at No. 20 nationally and No. 8 in the conference.
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