Sprinkle Makes Seven

In his weekly recruiting column, Dudley E. Dawson chats with White Hall grid standout Jeremy Sprinkle (6-5, 215), who became Arkansas' seventh commit of the 2012 class when he pledged Thursday to sign with the Razorbacks. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner.

Bobby Petrino's football camp earlier this week netted two prospects Razorback offers and one wasted little time in jumping aboard.

White Hall defensive end/tight end Jeremy Sprinkle (6-5, 215) ended his recruitment on Thursday by committing to Arkansas after getting a host of early offers.

Sprinkle was named the defensive MVP at this week's Bobby Petrino football camp and also finished fourth in the fastest man competition.

He got a chance to hang out with Petrino some and was amazed how well the pair hit it off.

"I love Coach Petrino," Sprinkle said. "He didn't just make an appearance at the camp. He got in there and worked with us. I was surprised at how much he joked with us. He and the other coaches made me feel like part of the family already and so I didn't see any reason to wait around before making a decision. I want to be a Razorback."

Arkansas has not told Sprinkle whether he will play offense or defense yet for them – just that they wanted him on the team and would figure that out later.

He informed recruiting coach Tim Horton of his commitment - the seventh one for the Razorbacks in the 2012 recruiting class.

"He was pretty excited," Sprinkle said. "He told me about how fired up they were about me as an athlete and how they were going to put me in the best position for the team to succeed."

Sprinkle had 73 tackles last season for the 5-6 Bulldogs - including 15 sacks - and also caught 10 passes for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns in a run-oriented White Hall offense.

"I got to play both tight end and wide receiver," Sprinkle said. "We didn'ty throw the ball a lot, but when we did we had a lot of big plays."

Sprinkle thinks that White Hall is poised to make a run into the playoffs these season.

"We were 5-6 last season, but we have a lot of guys coming back," Sprinkle said. "We really think we are going to be much better this year and have a chance to win it all."

Sprinkle worked his way into the semifinals of the camp's fastest man competition – an event eventually won by Fayetteville wideout Nathan Varady.

"I think I could have won it, but my calves cramped up," Sprinkle said. "I am not using that as an excuse or anything, though."

Sprinkle's pledge means that the Razorbacks now have four in-state commitments. He joins East Poinsett County linebacker A.J. Turner, Warren wideout Jalen Cobb and Pottsville offensive lineman Jeremy Ward, the offensive MVP of this week's camp.

Sprinkle also had offers from Mississippi State, Kansas, Louisville, Memphis, Purdue, Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, UAPB and Ouachita Baptist.

He worked mostly with Razorback assistants Steve Caldwell (defensive ends) and Richard Owens (tight ends).

"Coach Caldwell is a good coach and he taught me how to use my hands and stuff," Sprinkle said. "(Coach Owens) worked on my first step at tight end...I play but, I like tight end the most – catching the ball and all that."

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