Arkansas is hosting six prospects this weekend, including a talented late addition in Erie (PA) McDowell tailback Greg Garmon.
Garmon (6-1, 200, 4.36), who has already visited North Carolina, Iowa, Illinois and Miami, is rated as a four-star prospect and the 12th-best running back in the country by Scout.com.
A young man who has beaten cancer, Garmon chose to take his final official visit to Arkansas – instead of USC, Michigan or Tennessee – after meeting with Razorback head coach Bobby Petrino and Paul Haynes.
"Coach Haynes and Coach Petrino got me interested as well as the tradition of having great running backs here at Arkansas," Garmon said Friday. "They have put a lot of guys in the NFL and that really makes me want to check it out. I just thought I would come down here and take a visit down here and hopefully be a part of this next year."
Garmon, who rushed for 1,050 yards on just 137 carries while scoring 16 touchdowns this season, plans to make his decision during the Semper Fi All American Bowl in Phoenix on Jan. 3.
"This is my last visit and so I am going to be ready to make my decision at the All-American game on January 3rd," Garmon said. "They have been having some great seasons here at Arkansas so it is a honor to be recruited by the Razorbacks."
Garmon has a unique back story in that he was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 at age 14 and went through eights months of chemotherapy and radiation before going into remission.
It was lymphoma of the bone, something that had caused pain in his left leg, into his stomach and kept popping his left hip out of place before being diagnosed.
"I used to think that I'd never play again," Garmon said in CBS Sports article. "You think of a lot of things lying in a hospital bed and you're a kid with cancer. It's why I run the way I do now. I try to make it to the end zone on every carry. Every run is a big run, every hit I make is a big hit. I know what it's like to have football and sports taken away. I know what it's like playing football with cancer, because that's basically what I did."
Garmon said he has watched former Razorbacks Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis all play on Sundays in the NFL.
"If you look at all three of those running backs and just look at the numbers they are producing and you see how all of them came from the University of Arkansas," Garmon said, "you can see that Arkansas is doing some great thing with its running backs. Hopefully I can become a part of that."
With his speed, Garmon notes that he has the ability to shine on each snap.
"I feel like I can break a big one on any play," Garmon said.
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Arkansas' Official Visitors (Dec. 16-18):
• Greg Garmon, TB, 6-1, 200, Erie (PA) McDowell
• Sam Grant, TE, 6-6, 240, North Royalton (OH) St. Edwards (Boston College commit)
• Steffon Martiin, MLB, 6-2, 235, Arizona Western JC (Purdue commit)
• Mohammed Seisay, CB, 6-2, 200, Eastern Arizona CC
• Caleb Smith, TE, 6-7, 248, Renton (WA) Kentridge (Oregon State commit)
• Damien Williams, RB, 6-1, 207, Arizona Western JC (Arizona State commit)
Garmon Visiting Arkansas
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