Hatcher's All Hog

Oklahoma State made a run late at Owasso (OK) High star wideout Keon Hatcher (6-2, 205, 4.4), but Hatcher - who had 100 catches for 1,610 yards and 20 touchdowns this season - made it clear Monday night that he will sign with Arkansas on Feb. 1.

Arkansas football fans had a few anxious moments when Owasso (OK) High wide receiver and Razorback commit Keon Hatcher was tweeting about how good his visit to Oklahoma State was going.

But just over a week later and after a home visit from Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and an official visit to Fayetteville, Hatcher (6-2, 205, 4.4) is once again all Hog.

"I'm all in and I am going to be a Razorback," Hatcher said Monday night. "My visit was great this weekend. I loved getting to know my future teammates and their backgrounds. I know that we are going to do something special together. We are going to win that national championship."

Hatcher, who had exactly 100 catches for 1,610 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, is one of 21 Arkansas commits so far in a 2012 recruiting class that has a bevy of talented wideouts.

That list also includes Sierra (CA) Community College's Courtney Gardner (6-5, 215), Longview (Texas) speedster Eric Hawkins (6-0, 170, 4.3) Olive Branch (MS) standout D'Arthur Cowan and Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial's Nate Holmes (6-1, 180), who could actually play a variety of positions.

That list could also soon include Dorial Green-Beckham (6-6, 220), the nation's top-ranked player according to Scout.com and one of the 18 official visitors to Arkansas this past weekend.

"I feel really good about us getting him (DGB) and all the guys we have coming in and love that we have so many," Hatcher said. "We (the Razorbacks) are losing some great wide receivers to the NFL, but we are bringing in some talent so there is no way defense will be able to just double-team (current Razorback) Cobi (Hamilton)."

Hatcher committed to Arkansas over TCU last summer and didn't take any other visits until going to Oklahoma State on Jan. 13-20.

The Cowboys offered him in November after one of their wideouts de-committed and he had a sensational senior season.

He he wanted to give them a look and took the official visit to Stillwater.

"I was blessed that I had two great options at the end, both with great programs, both who throw the ball a lot," Hatcher said. "But in the end, Arkansas was there for me for the entire time and I just felt far more comfortable with those coaches and players.

"In the end, it was just about where do I want to be for the next four or five years and that's Arkansas," Hatcher said.

Hatcher said it was a Thursday night home visit from Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and wide receiver coach Kris Cinkovich that sealed the deal for him even before the visit.

"Coach Petrino and Coach Cink just did a great job in letting me know everything I needed to know, how they were going to use me and how we have such a great class coming in and a great future."

Hatcher said the official visit was a spectacular one from the outset, which began with a pep rally after the No.1 Lady Razorback gymnastics win over LSU.

"Man, that was just crazy," Hatcher said. "When the recruits walked into the gymnastics meet, the crowd just went wild for us. They had signs and were chanting our name and it was just an unreal show of support. It was just great and set the tone for the whole weekend."

Saturday was a day for touring the campus and meeting with teachers, attending the Razorback basketball team's upset of No. 19 Michigan before 19,050 fans and a night at the Catfish Hole restaurant for what amounted to yet another recruit pep rally.

"The Catfish Hole was just so special," Hatcher said. "To be able to interact with the fans and just get a feel for the passion they have for the program and how much support there is for the Razorbacks, well, it just blows you away.

"The basketball game was just the same," Hatcher said. "We have some great fans at Arkansas and I can't wait to play for them next season."





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