Arkansas has landed the commitment of safety Myles Mason, who flipped his pledge from Mississippi State to the Razorbacks on Monday.
Mason (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) is a 3-star prospect in the 2018 class according to the 247Sports composite. He attends Hewitt-Trussville High School just outside Birmingham, Ala. He also held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Louisville, Tennessee and others.
Arkansas has now received the commitment of three players in two days, all of which visited Fayetteville over the weekend. Mason joins linebacker Andrew Parker and defensive end Courtre Alexander as new commits.
The Hogs signed eight players during the early signing period last month. Mason is the fourth commit expected to officially sign on National Signing Day (Feb. 7). Arkansas is expected to add roughly four more commits to the class, making 16 the projected number of total signees.
Mason initially committed to Mississippi State in late October. But with the Bulldogs’ coaching staff undergoing a change in direction, he began to explore other options. That included an official visit to Arkansas in December just a few days before the early signing period.
Following that trip, Mason decided to hold off on signing with Mississippi State. He then took an unofficial visit — meaning he and his family paid their own way — to Arkansas last weekend.
Safety is a position of high priority for the Hogs in this class. They had been primarily using three scholarship players — Santos Ramirez, Josh Liddell and De’Andre Coley — to fill the two safety spots each of the past two seasons. Liddell and Coley are now out of eligibility. With one starting safety spot vacant and far more depth needed in the position group, Mason could potentially compete for immediate playing time.