Unwavering Commitments

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Hunter Henry, Tevin Beanum and several of Arkansas' other 2013 commitments about what went down last Saturday night in Little Rock.

Despite an embarrassing loss to Louisiana-Monroe and some fans leaping head first off the bandwagon, Arkansas' football program is getting strong support from its committed and targeted recruits.

That includes heralded four-star tight end recruit Hunter Henry (6-6, 235) of Pulaski Academy.

"I was definitely shocked and it was a heart-breaking loss," Henry said. "But you think about it and there was so much going on – and has been so much going on around the program from the time Coach (Bobby) Petrino put himself in position to be fired – that it is not as surprising that one got away from us."

Henry will not play in his team's game Friday night because of a concussion he suffered at Warren last Friday – a day before Arkansas starting quarterback Tyler Wilson was knocked out of Saturday's game at halftime with his own "injury above the shoulders."

"We are going to learn from this, get Tyler back and come back strong," Henry said. "I believe in these players and coaches."

Henry also made a plea for Razorback fans to get back on the bandwagon and do so quickly.

"I know everybody is down, but we need our fans to help and be there for us all the time – not just when things are going good," Henry said. "Our guys need their support. I have no doubt that we are going to come out and play hard against Alabama and still are going to have a successful season."

Henry also made it very clear that he is solidly committed to Arkansas.

"I am as committed as one can be to Arkansas," Henry said. "I am going to be a Razorback."

Forrest City defensive end Tevin Beanum (6-4, 235) echoed those same sentiments.

"To begin with, I understand why everybody is so shocked and upset, but this is a time that we need to come together and support each other," Beanum said. "The measure of a man, the measure of a program is how you react to adversity, not how you react when everything is going great.

"I know I am going to be there for our team and players and I hope the fans will be there for them as well," Beanum added. "I think they will. Nothing is going to change with me. I am a Razorback and will be a Razorback."

Memphis East linebacker Marcus Robinson (6-4, 215), who was on hand for the game in Little Rock, is another recruit who says the loss has not affected his pledge.

"That loss is not going to change my mind and I am going to play at Arkansas," Robinson said. "Things just got going the wrong way and we couldn't get their momentum stopped."

Weed (CA) College of the Siskiyous linebacker Myke Tavarres, whose Eagles (1-1) lost 20-6 to Butte College on Saturday.

"That was a tough loss, just like ours was and I was surprised about both," Tavarres said. "But I committed to Arkansas – the school and the football program - and I'm firmly committed. I know those guys and those coaches are going to come back strong."

Charleston sophomore quarterback Ty Storey, who passed for a school record-setting 563 yards and seven touchdowns in his second high school start last Friday, also is positive the Razorbacks will rebound strong from the loss.

"I just think that Tyler got hurt and the game kind of got away from us in the second half," Storey said. "But I think it was just a minor setback and we are going to come back strong, especially when Tyler gets back."

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