Irving (Texas) High defensive end Horace Arkadie has never been to Fayetteville, but he's done his research and thinks he will fit in just fine.
Arkadie (6-4, 242) will take his official to Arkansas this weekend after previous visits to Purdue and Virginia.
"I haven't been there, but the Arkansas program just has so much going for it right now that I feel like I want be a part of that ," Arkadie said. "I wouldn't say I was wide open. Arkansas is definitely leading."
Arkadie, who had 77 tackles and 4 sacks this season, watched the Razorbacks' 31-26 loss to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night.
"That told me so much about Arkansas," Arkadie said. "They were getting blown out there in the first half, but they regrouped and came back and almost won that game. That tells me the type of guys and team they have. They don't quit and fight to the end.
"I also watched the Ole Miss and LSU games and just like the way they get after it," Arkadie said.
Arkadie, who has double-digit offers, could play either defensive end or outside linebacker if he ends up a Razorback.
"The Arkansas coaches have talked to me about coming in and putting on 30 pounds if I am going to play defensive end, but they also are talking about me even keeping what I have now and playing outside linebacker," Arkadie said. "Whatever they need me to do is fine with me.
"They haven't talked to me about whether I would play right away or redshirt, but I just want to be ready to contribute whenever it is my time," Arkadie said. "I just want to come in and learn and be ready."
Arkadie likes John L. Smith, his lead recruiter.
"He is the type of high energy, in your face guy that I think could get the best out of me," Arkadie said. "I am looking forward to getting up there and visiting with the other coaches like (defensive ends) Coach (Steve) Caldwell."
Irving's season didn't go well team-wise as the Tigers finished 1-9.
But Arkadie tried to go as hard as he could on every play even during the adversity as is evident by the fact that he had three blocked field goals and two blocked punts.
"I feel like I have great explosiveness and can get off the ball and cover side to side and make the play," Arkadie said. "I think I am good against both the run and the pass so I am not just one-dimensional. I just try to go hard on every play and make something happen and lead by example."
The picture accompanying this story shows Arkadie, who is also still considering Kansas, Illinois and Tulsa, with his face all painted up.
"It was something that the seniors decided to do this season, put war paint on and go into battle," Arkadie said. "I didn't put as much as I have in that picture on every week, but that was for a rival so I did it up."
Arkadie mentions that his in-season official trips to Purdue and Virginia were nice and he has great respect for their programs.
He is just high on Hogs right now.
"I am going to take the one to Arkansas and I could take one more, but I am not sure where they would be if I do," Arkadie said. "We'll just see how every thing goes this weekend."
Arkadie Admires Arkansas
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