Arkansas solidified it's pledge from the state's top 2013 tight end prospect in Hunter Henry on Monday and then made its move toward arguably the state's best 2014 one on Tuesday.
The Razorbacks offered Bentonville junior tight end Jack Kraus (6-5, 240), making him the third 2014 prospect in Arkansas that new head coach Bret Bielema and his staff have offered.
Kraus, who had received offers from Illinois and Utah State before his junior season started, got word of his Razorback offer this afternoon while working out when Bielema called Tigers head coach Barrty Lunney, Sr.
"I was just amazed and really speechless," Kraus said. "I can't even really remember what happened or what was said after he told me that I had an offer from Arkansas. I do remember him saying before he offered that he had seen my tape and really thought I had a lot of upside."
Kraus took in a few Razorback games during this 4-7 season under interim head coach John L. Smith. That followed up 21 wins in the past two seasons under head coach Bobby Petrino, who was fired due to an off-field scandal.
"I think Arkansas has a great football program and just had a down season last year for a few reasons such as the coaching change," Kraus said. "But I think Coach Bielema is a great coach and he and his staff really know what they are doing and going to get the program back where it was before last season."
If he were to choose Arkansas, his tight end coach would be former Bentonville assistant coach Barry Lunney, Jr. Bielema hired the younger Lunney last week.
"That would be great to have Coach Lunney, Jr., as my position coach," Kraus said. "He did a great job for us and I would have a lot of familiarity with him."
He is scheduled to take an unofficial visit to Illinois in the near future.
"I am schedule to go up there the weekend after this one," Kraus said.
Kraus grew up as a Kansas fan and both of his parents graduated from the school.
"Kansas is not really a school known for its football program, but I think head coach Charlie Weiss is doing a good job rebuilding it and he will have success in the past," Kraus said. "I got a couple of letters from them this season."
Kraus is overjoyed to get the Arkansas offer, but doesn't plan a commitment in the near future.
"I kind of want to wait and let the process play itself out and see who all comes in and how things work out," Kraus said. "I can see myself doing something right before the season starts next fall."
Arkansas has already offered three other in-state prospects - Springdale Har-Ber junior defensive tackle Josh Frazier (6-3, 324), El Dorado junior tackle Bijhon Jackson (6-2, 320) and North Little Rock tailback Juan Day (6-1, 205).
Jackson and Day join Bolivar (MO) quarterback Rafe Peavy (6-2, 200) as current Razorback pledges in the 2014 class.
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