The No. 3 running back in the nation is officially headed to Fayetteville, Ark. Tailback Devwah Whaley signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Arkansas next fall, the school announced on Wednesday.
Coach Bret Bielema and the school both welcomed their newest commitment on Twitter Wednesday morning.
— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) February 3, 2016
— Razorback Football (@RazorbackFB) February 3, 2016
Whaley is one of the highest profile commitments of the incoming class and comes at a time when the Razorbacks have some uncertainty at the running back position. He could step in right away and become an impact player for the Hogs.
Whaley, a four-star recruit, is the second top 100 player in coach Bret Bielema’s 2016 recruiting class and fills an immediate void at the running back position. The Razorbacks could rely upon a freshman to help replace Alex Collins, who left Fayetteville for the NFL draft.
The Beaumont, Texas, native ran for 1,530 yards and 21 touchdowns on 230 attempts during his senior season at Beaumont Central, according to 247Sports.com. He was rated as the 15th-best player in Texas and the 96th-best player in the country.
Whaley verbally committed to Arkansas on Jan. 2 at the Under Armour All-American game in Orlando. The announcement came after Whaley was the game’s leading rusher with 47 yards on 12 carries. But Whaley wasn’t always committed to be a Razorback.
He originally committed to UGA on Thanksgiving Day, but changed his mind just a couple weeks later after coach Mark Richt was fired by the school. Whaley received a visit from Bielema just six days after he had de-committed from UGA.
Whaley grew up almost 250 miles away from Texas, but that wasn’t enough to convince the halfback to play for the Longhorns. Whaley’s decision came as a surprise to many recruiting analysts who expected him to sign with Texas.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite