Arkansas kept up its recruiting momentum on Tuesday when Hartnell (CA) Community College cornerback Carroll Washington confirmed he had committed to the Razorbacks.
Washington (6-0, 170) did to Arkansas head coach John Smith after finishing up his official visit, which started on Sunday night.
"I don't think that Coach Smith would have allowed me to leave and get back on the plane and go home if I had not told him I was 100 percent on board here at Arkansas," Washington said. "It is just a fantastic place and I want to be a part of the Razorback program."
He joins Weed (CA) College of the Siskiyous linebacker Myke Tavarres (6-2, 215) as junior college standouts that not only committed to Arkansas in the last week, but are both mid-term grads.
Washington had trouble narrowing down what he liked best about Arkansas - and for the matter Fayetteville.
"Where do I start?," Washington said. "This is just such a great all-around program with such great support. It was my dream to join a program like this - one that has success, one that has a focus on academics, one that you can go from place to place there in Fayetteville and it is just all about the Hogs.
"But if I had to narrow it down to one thing in particular, it would be the academic student-development," Washington added. "It is my goal to play in the NFL and I think Arkansas will get me ready for that. But I think more important is that they have a program in place that focuses so strongly on academics.
"There is no way for you not to succeed if you put in any effort at all," Washington said. "It is all laid out there for you, course of study, help with understanding and definitely time to make sure you do study and succeed."
Washington, who had 28 tackles and six passes broken up last season, had over 10 offers and had taken an official visit to Texas Tech before arriving in Fayetteville.
He is a former junior college teammate of Razorback fullback Kiero Small, a fellow Baltimore native.
"He was right," Washington said of Small. "It is just a spectacular place and I can't wait to get here. But I am going to go out and do my part by getting better every single day and having a great season."
The Razorbacks will lose senior cornerback starter Darius Winston after this season and are looking for someone to step in and play right away next season.
"My dad was really looking at that and wants to make sure I am at a place I could play right away since I am coming from junior college, but I was not really worried about that," Washington said. "There are going to be good people on the depth chart at any of the schools I might have chosen. I think competition makes me better and I love it."
Arkansas will find out Wednesday at 4 p.m. if it will add another top prospect when Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst offensive lineman Zach Hannon (6-5, 300) makes his decision public via twitter.
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