McClure Commits to Arkansas

Butler County (KS) Community College offensive lineman John McClure (6-4, 310), a junior college All-American, becomes Arkansas' 17th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class Thursday night when he pledges to sign with the Razorbacks.

Arkansas added a commitment in an area of need with the pick-up of a junior college All-American offensive lineman that's a mid-term graduate on Thursday night.

Butler County (KS) Community College offensive tackle John McClure (6-4, 310) has pledged to sign with the Razorbacks during the junior college signing period in December per his dad.

McClure, who took his official visit to Arkansas last weekend, originally started his college career at Kansas State for transferring and playing the last two years at Butler.

"John made the decision he wanted to go to Arkansas while down there last weekend," John McClure, Sr. "But he just wanted to talk it over with his mother and did that tonight over dinner. He then immediately called (Arkansas assistant coach) Bobby Allen and told him he was ready to commit. I think he made a great decision."

McClure, who becomes the Razorbacks' 17th commitment of the 2013 recruiting class and fourth junior college pledge, was drawing interest from two SEC schools and four Big 12 ones according to his dad.

He joins Navarro College's Mitchell Bell (6-4, 320) as offensive lineman pledged to sign with the Razorbacks with both being mid-term graduates and thus able to go through spring practice in 2013.

Butler is 7-0, ranked second nationally and in averaging over 60 points per game this season.

The Grizzlies, who have scored 84 points twice this season and over 60 in all five Jayhawk Conference games, host Coffeyville CC Saturday night at 7 p.m. in El Dorado, Kansas.

"They are just really executing well on offense now," McClure said. "They have a very good offensive line, a good running back, good quarterback and a pretty good defense."

The McClures hope to return to Arkansas for the LSU game, but that will depend on how far Butler goes this season in its quest to win the national title.

"I know that John is definitely going to be playing the next four weeks, but we would love to get back down there if it works out for us," McClure added. "It's a new home for John and a great place."

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