Tavarres commits to Arkansas

JC Linebacker Myke Tavarres committed to Arkansas on Wednesday.

Myke Tavarres, a linebacker at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., announced his commitment to Arkansas on Wednesday.

Tavarres had narrowed his list to two after visiting Fayetteville last week. He officially made his decision between Arizona and Arkansas on Thursday, taking some advice from current Razorbacks players into mind.

"I spent a lot of time with Alonzo (Highsmith), (Kiero) Small and Matt (Marshall)," Tavarres said. "All we really did was sit down, play NCAA 13 and talked. We talked about what I wanted to do for football, where I wanted to go, how hard I was willing to work and they gave me the truth. They told me 'if you want to come here and play football, it isn't going to be an easy journey. You're going to have to work, you're going to have to grind and it's going to be worth it when we get there.'

"I really liked that because they were being honest and they weren't trying to recruit me or just sell the school to me."

Despite the challenges that Highsmith, Small and Marshall laid before the 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker chose Arkansas over Arizona Wednesday night. He said when he visited Fayetteville, he needed to find some things out about the University of Arkansas.

"I want to go to school to not only play football, but a school that will also help me get my degree," Tavarres said.

"Arkansas fulfilled those requirements and then some. I loved it. I met some really cool people and I love the staff and love the coaches and I really enjoyed the visit."

The California native had never really dealt with the South before visiting Fayetteville, but said he enjoyed the "southern hospitality."

"I didn't much about the South and I was expecting an 'all we care about is football' mentality," Tavarres said. "I was expecting to get there and for them to tell me about what they had and how they could get me to the NFL, but when I got there, they said they would help me be the best player on the field and get to the NFL and also help me work with kids, be a good person off the field and get my education so if I didn't make it to the NFL, I would have something else to fall back on.

"I appreciated the way they talked about how they could help me in the classroom, the importance of academics and getting a degree."

Even though Tavarres has another year before joining the Razorbacks, he said he is close to the coaching staff already.

"(Arkansas linebackers coach) Taver (Johnson) is like a father-figure to me already," Tavarres said. "I feel like I can tell him anything because he's such an open, heart-warming guy. It's easy to just talk to him and he made it easier to decide where I want to go to school because I know I can trust Taver."

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