Playing Violent

Butler County (KS) Community College offensive line coach Cody Oates describes what Arkansas fans can expect next season from Razorback commitment John McClure (6-4, 310).

Butler County (KS) Community College offensive line coach Cody Oates believes Arkansas fans are going to love what they see next season from the football program's latest commitment.

That would be junior college All-American offensive lineman John McClure (6-4, 310), who became the Razorbacks' 17th pledge of the 2013 recruiting class last week.

"John is aggressive, explosive, a guy who gets his hands on defensive linemen and mauls them," Oates said. "He plays very violent, which is how we coach. He was very good last year, but has fixed some little things, worked on his footwork, really matured and has taken his play to a whole new level. He's a fantastic player."

McClure, who started his career as a preferred walk on at Kansas State before spending the past two seasons at Butler, is part of a Grizzlies team that is 8-0 this season and ranked second nationally. He will be able to go through spring practice in 2013 with the Razorbacks.

"He has now been through two different systems and he picked ours up very quickly because he is smart and a student of the game," Oates said. "I expect him to pick Arkansas' up very quickly and be an impact player for them right away."

Oates said that McClure chose Arkansas over Auburn, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Kansas, Memphis and others.

"He has family in Arkansas and so it has been his dream school," Oates said. "So once he got the offer from Arkansas, it really didn't matter about the other offers. We are very happy for him."

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