The Big Catch

It's always great to land a big-time player on national signing day and that's just what Arkansas did when Seagoville (Texas) tight end Andrew Peterson (6-8, 250) chose Arkansas over Texas A&M, Utah, Oregon, Nebraska, Miami and several others.

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow – or even a school closing – could keep Seagoville (Texas) tight end Andrew Peterson from sending in his letter-of-intent on national signing date.

That turned out to be a great thing for Arkansas, the school that Peterson (6-8, 250) chose to sign with over co-finalists Texas A&M and Utah – in addition to many other offers.

"I have known for quite awhile that I wanted to go to Arkansas, but my recruiting process got started so late that I just wanted to make sure of everything," Peterson said. "But I am sure I want to be a Razorback and I am excited about coming up there, working hard and trying to even start."

While his school was closed because of weather and his LOI locked up inside it, that didn't keep Peterson from signing.

"My coach went to school, picked it up for me and brought it for here to my house for me to sign," Peterson said. "Then he took it down to the post office to fax and I'm a Razorback."

Peterson played in a run-oriented offense in which he only caught 8 passes for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns this season.

He sees what Arkansas did with its tight ends like senior D.J. Williams this season and salivates at the possibility of how he could fit in to the Razorbacks' offense.

"Man, I look at how I only caught eight passes last season and D.J. caught like 50 and I just get really excited about how big a weapon I could be in that offense and what I could do with all those passes coming my way," Peterson said. "I am very excited about that."

A highlight tape sent out during the season turned colleges on to Peterson, who had over 10 scholarship offers just a few day after the tape went out.

"It was really something with all the coaches and all the teams coming after me," Peterson said. "It was exciting at first, but then when I knew where I wanted to go, I just kind of shut the process done."

That's why after taking visits to Texas A&M, Utah and Arkansas, Peterson decided not to take planned visits to Oregon and Miami and spurned Nebraska and other programs.

"It was just Arkansas," Peterson said. "I just really loved all the coaches and the players and the facilities. I think I can come in and help them win championships and they can turn me into the best player possible."

Andrew Peterson


• Robert Thomas, DT, 6-2, 310, Coffeyville (Kan.) CC/Muskogee, Okla.

•  Brey Cook, OL, 6-7, 310, Springdale (Har-Ber), Ark.

•  Quinta Funderburk, WR, 6-5, 204, Chesapeake (VA) Oscar F. Smith

•  Tyler Gilbert, LB, 6-3, 242, North Carolina Tech

•  Marquel Wade, WR, 5-11, 180, New Berlin (NY) Milford Prep Academy

SIGNED (Due on campus Feb. 11)

•  Jason Peacock, OT, 6-5, 325, Glendora (CA) Citrus College


Brett Weir, TE, 6-4, 220, London Ontario Canada St. Thomas Aquinas

Kane Whitehurst, WR, 5-11, 180, Alpharetta (GA) Chattahoochee

Mitch Smothers, OL, 6-4, 295, Springdale

Kiero Small, FB, 5-9, 255, Salinas (CA) Hartnell CC

Rohan Gaines, S, 5-11, 175, Bainbridge, Ga.

Trey Flowers, DE, 6-4, 245, Huntsville, Ala.

Grady Ollison, DE, 6-4, 275, Malvern

Horace Arkadie, DE, 6-4, 242, Irving, Texas

Tevin Mitchel, CB, 6-0, 180, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy

Kelvin Fisher, CB, 5-11, 180, Gilbert (AZ) Higley

DeMarcus Hodge, DT, 6-1, 295, Neville, La.

Brock Haman, LB, 6-3, 230, Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro

Brandon Allen, QB, 6-3, 215, Fayetteville

Marcus Danenhauer, OL, 6-6, 318, Bentonville

•  Lonnie Gosha, DE, 6-3, 270, Lake Butler (FL) Union County

• Demetrius Dean, TE, 6-3, 245, Fayetteville, Ark.

•  Darrell Kelly-Thomas, DE, 6-3, 220, Lufkin, Texas

Alonzo Highsmith, LB, 6-2, 215, Phoenix College

• Davyon McKinney, WR, 6-3, 190, Forrest City, Ark.

Andrew Peterson TE, 6-8, 250, Seagoville, Texas

•  Austin Beck, DL, 6-8, 295, Noweta, Okla.

• Kody Walker, RB, 6-1, 230, Jefferson City, Mo

• Jashaud Sims, WR-S, 6-5, 210, Dickinson, Texas


•  Keante Minor, WR, 6-2, 195, East Saint Louis, Ill.

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