Right as Arkansas was finishing its last practice on campus before the holidays, Los Angeles (CA) Harbor defensive end Austin Flynn gave Bobby Petrino's Razorback program a huge Christmas present.
Flynn (6-5, 255, 4.55) – a key mid-term target for Arkansas - decided to sign with the Razorbacks over co-finalist Oregon State and several other programs - including late entrants Miami and Cotton Bowl foe Kansas State, who both just offered the prospect.
He visited Arkansas on Dec. 2-4, left impressed and also knowing he would likely be a Razorback even though he had a visit scheduled to Oklahoma the following weekend.
"I just felt so comfortable and home with the school and the area, with the coaches and with the players and Arkansas is obviously one of the top programs in the country," Flynn said. "It is just the right fit for me and I can't wait to start playing for the best against the best of the rest."
Flynn – who had 11 sacks among his 45 tackles and also had 21 quarterback hurries last season - slowed his plan to commit to Arkansas after defensive coordinator Willy Robinson – his chief recruiter - was replaced by new hire Paul Haynes of Ohio State.
But a home visit with new Razorback defensive line coach Kevin Peoples and a telephone conversation with Haynes upon the prospect's arrival back from Oregon State sealed the deal for Arkansas.
"I was really excited about what those guys had to say," Flynn said. "Being able to talk with Coach Haynes on Sunday and hearing what he had planned for me. I'm excited about his vision for the defense and how he is going to use me. Those two guys have me excited and ready to get down there."
Flynn let Arkansas' coaches know on late Wednesday morning.
"I called to let Coach Peoples know and got ahold of him and let him know I would be sending the fax on in," Flynn said. "He was very happy about it just like I was.
"I also called Coach Petrino - who Coach Peoples said was still at practice - and left a message to let him know I was going to be a Razorback," Flynn added. "I'll be calling him back to let him know. It feels good to have it over."
Flynn will arrive in mid-January to start the second semester of school, get into the off-season conditioning program and get ready to go through spring practice.
"I am planning on getting down there and getting in the playbooks and the weight room and just getting as ready as I can to play next season," Flynn said. "It'll be great to be around my new teammates and get ready to go out and win a national championship with them."
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