Keaton Sutherland was unable to participate at the Razorbacks camp last week, but received an offer anyway.
Sutherland, a 6-foot-6 285-pound offensive lineman from Flower Mound, Texas, is a 2015 prospect. He will have the chance to join quarterback Ty Storey, offensive lineman Zach Rogers and offensive lineman Colton Jackson as Arkansas commits, if he decides on Arkansas.
Sutherland attends Marcus High School and has played against the Hebron Hawks, where Rogers plays, and has other connections to the University of Arkansas as well.
"Right now, I don't know a lot about Arkansas, but two of my brothers actually go there and so I've been there a bunch and kind of gotten to experience the college life. I've been there for a couple of games and that atmosphere is awesome.
In addition to his two brothers, Kyle and Connor, Keaton Sutherland also attended the same high school as Arkansas baseball player Colin Poche and Arkansas volleyball player Liz Fortado.
""Actually, I've played basketball with Colin before because he is friends with Connor, my sophomore brother," Sutherland said. "So I've played some pick-up basketball with him and talked to him a bit. Also, Elizabeth Fortado on the volleyball team, I know her brother really well because he's like best friends with Connor as well."
Poche, a left-hander, posted a 3-0 record and a 1.37 earned run average in eight appearances as a freshman last year.
On the gridiron, Sutherland also earned an offer from Texas Christian University, which marked his first offer. He said there is appeal to playing for both Arkansas and TCU, but getting the offer from the Razorbacks "is extremely exciting."
"They both have different appeals because TCU is so close to home, but at Arkansas, I know there are people I have relationships with, like my brothers," Sutherland said. "So they're about the same interest level right now."
Sutherland said he has built a relationship with Sam Pittman through his recruitment and has been impressed with the Arkansas offensive line coach.
"I've talked to him a lot," he said. "I've seen him coach and teach players and he does it better than anyone I have ever seen before."
Sutherland has not set a time frame in which he will make his next visit to Arkansas, but is planning to come to a game in the fall. He said visiting would give him the chance to do two things when he returns to Fayetteville.
"I just want to experience the atmosphere and continue to see what the college life in Fayetteville is like."
Sutherland offered by Arkansas
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