Coleman's Feeling Fliptastic

New head football coach Bret Bielema lands his first Arkansas commitment as former Wisconsin pledge and Georgia Military College safety Tiquention Coleman (5-11, 190, 4.47) flips to the Razorbacks.

Georgia Military College safety Tiquention Coleman is feeling downright fliptastic these days.

Coleman (5-11, 190, 4.47), a mid-term graduate currently on an official visit to check out the Razorbacks, switched his pledge from Wisconsin to Arkansas late on Wednesday afternoon.

It had everything to do with new Razorback head coach Bret Bielema, who had previously landed a commitment from Coleman when he was coaching a few weeks ago when he was the boss at Wisconsin.

"I really wanted to play for Coach Bielema and who doesn't want to play in the SEC, which is the best conference by far," Coleman said. "I came here and got to check out Arkansas and loved it.

"Coach Bielema told me that he was planning on me coming in and starting right away at Wisconsin and he thinks this is even a better situation for me at Arkansas," Coleman said. "He said he wants to build the secondary around me because of the way I lead on and off the field and the character I have. How can you say no to that?"

Coleman, a South Carolina native visiting Arkansas with GMC linebacker Neville Hewitt (6-2, 220), also had offers from Wisconsin, Arizona, Auburn, South Carolina and Clemson.

"I got here and checked out the facilities that have, the ones they are building and all the academic and support systems they have in place," Coleman said. "It is a fantastic school and a well-rounded program and you can really tell they care about the student-athlete, not just the athlete part of it."

Coleman had 44 tackles last season along with four interceptions, two fumble recoveries, two pass break ups and one forced fumble this season.

He'll have three years to play two at Arkansas and has already graduated from GMC.

"I'm good to go and excited about the opportunity to play for Coach Bielema and Arkansas and to play in the SEC against the best possible competition," Coleman said.

He said Hewitt – who is not a mid-term graduate - is enjoying his visit.

"Arkansas has not offered him yet as they are waiting to see on another linebacker, but he is a great football player and I hope he ends up here at Arkansas," Coleman said. "He thinks Arkansas is a great place just like me."

Coleman is Arkansas' 18th commitment of the 2013 class.


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