Glendora (CA) Citrus College offensive lineman Chris Stringer was quite effusive with his praise for Arkansas after his official visit to Fayetteville this past weekend.
But with Auburn and Oklahoma coaches coming to see him this week, Stringer (6-7, 305) slowed down making a commitment to the Razorback to talk to those coaches and set up visits.
The 2011 prospect woke up Thursday morning and decided those visits just wouldn't be necessary and immediately called Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino with some news.
"I called Coach Petrino this morning and told him I wanted to be a Razorback and wasn't going to take those other visits," Stringer said. "I loved Arkansas on my visit. I couldn't find one negative thing about it and there is just no need to wait when you find something that is perfect for you."
Stringer had offers from Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma, UCLA, Wisconsin, South Florida, Kansas State, New Mexico, New Mexico State Idaho and UTEP and became a hot late recruiting commodity.
Stringer, who grayshirted in 2009 at Citrus and got a waiver from the NCAA recently that will give him four years to play three for the Razorbacks beginning this next fall, did indeed find Northwest Arkansas appealing.
"I'm a big outdoors guy so I just love all the opportunities I am going to have regarding that," Stringer said. "The scenery is great and as I mentioned earlier the Southern hospitality is just overwhelming. The whole state is behind the school and their sports program. That's great."
Stringer will graduate in June and give the Razorbacks both starting offensive tackles off last season's Citrus team because Arkansas had already signed Jason Peacock.
Peacock was an early graduate and came to Arkansas in time to go through spring drills. He has joined true freshman Brey Cook, sophomore Anthony Oden and senior Grant Freeman in forming a solid four-man rotation.
Stringer feels like next season might be a ideal learning situation for him.
"This year I may actually be redshirting and learning the system, which would be be great for me," Stringer said. "With four years to play three, I can get bigger, stronger and learn through coaching while getting ready for next season and then still having three years to play."
He will thus have a fall and spring camp under his belt and be prepared to numerically replace Freeman and join fellow 2011 signees Marcus Danenhauer and possibly Austin Beck (who will start out on defense) at the tackle spots.
"I just think this is the best situation I could ever want," Stringer said. "The best conference in America, coming down South where there are a great people and a great group of coaches and players to be around. This is the place for me. I'm sure of it."
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