Arkansas made it very clear to Jacksonville (FL) First Coast middle linebacker Reggie Northrup just how much the Razorbacks want and need somebody like him.
Northrup (6-2, 225, 4.57), a Miami commit who has 121 tackles and nine sacks while leading the Buccaneers to an undefeated record, took his official visit to Fayetteville this past weekend.
"It was a great visit, one that just couldn't have been better," Northrup said. "The atmosphere was amazing and I just really enjoyed being around the coaches and the players and watching them get ready for the game (a 49-7 throttling of Tennessee).
"The coaches made it clear to me that they were looking at me to sign with them and come in and play early," Northrup said. "They said they need somebody that not only can play, but would make an impact right away."
Northrup, who had Razorback assistant Kris Cinkovich at his game in October, was impressed with the way the Arkansas defense played in the rout of the Volunteers.
He watched current Razorback senior middle linebacker Jerry Franklin intently knowing playing time at that spot next season would be up for grabs.
"They were all very fast and aggressive and made some great plays," Northrup said. "I felt like it was a great performance and I think if I end deciding to go to Arkansas that I will fit in really well."
Northrup, who took an official visit to North Carolina two weeks ago, is planning a visit to Miami in December and said he will likely also go to South Carolina and Auburn before making a decision.
"We'll see how this all plays out," said Northrup, who notes he now weighs 225 pounds. "I think I will probably wait until signing day to announce my decision."
Allegations of NCAA violations at Miami – the school he committed to in late June - have him pumping the brakes on ending his recruitment process at this point.
"I really need to see what all comes out that before I decide that is the right place for me," Northrup said. "Maybe it's somewhere else. I'll take these visits and then sort through things and make a decision. Arkansas definitely left a great impression on me."
Northrup is ranked a three-star prospect and the 36th best outside linebacker in the country according to Scout.com.
"I think I have a lot of strengths, including my ability to diagnose the play quickly and there and make a hit," Northrup said. "I feel like I have good hips and the ability cover the field from side to side and also am able to provide leadership and make the calls for the defense on the field.
"There are all things that we need to work on and that's why we go out there to practice every day," Northrup added. "It's all about working hard."
The Buccaneers moved their mark to 9-0 with a 21-3 win over winless Mandarin on Thursday night.
"We have played really well so far and I think we are peaking at the right time with the playoffs coming up," Northrup said. "We want to win a state title."
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