Irving (Texas) defensive end Horace Arkadie was almost 100 percent certain that Arkansas was the place for him going into his official visit this weekend.
Coming out of it, Arkadie (6-4, 242) is 100 percent sure – and a large part of that was what he encountered just a few hours into his visit.
"We went to eat on Friday night (at the Catfish Hole) and the fans were just amazing," Arkadie said Sunday morning. "You would not believe how long they cheered for us, how they knew our names, how much they love the Razorbacks.
"If it is like that at dinner, I can't wait to see what it is like on game day," Arkadie continued. "The support is just fantastic and I can't wait to be a part of this program that has great coaches and great players and a great future."
The size of of Fayetteville also appeals to Arkadie, who had 12 offers to choose from during the process.
"It is not too big, but not to small either," Arkadie said. "I feel comfortable here and thing I will be able to adapt very easily."
Arkadie is coming off a season in which he had 77 tackles and chose the Razorbacks over co-finalist Purdue and Virginia – schools that he took official visits to during the season.
He will not take a planned visit to Illinois now.
"I feel like I bring a play-making mentality to the field and coaches love the fact that I am always around the ball," Arkadie said. "I just want to come in and play whatever role they need me to play. I just want to help us win."
Arkadie – who could even see some action at linebacker – is excited to work with Razorback defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell.
"What a smart man and obviously he knows what he is doing and has turned a lot of good players into great players," Arkadie said. "I know that he will get 100 percent out of me and I look forward to him pushing me to be the best I can be."
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