Josiah Wymer could always choose to play on scholarship for Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas Tech or Central Arkansas.
But he also has the chance to fulfill his childhood dream of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
"It means a lot to me because it is where I have wanted to play ever since I was a little kid," Wymer said.
"Coach (Bret) Bielema said it would be a huge addition for me to come as a walk on and that they would be getting a good deal out of it.
"The conversation went really well. He said up front that they want me to be a tight end there, but sometimes recruits fall into that third spot where, if they have two to sign ahead of you, then they may have you walk on."
In the short amount of time that Bielema has been at Arkansas, he has expressed his desire for Arkansas "to increase its walk-on program." Bielema walked on as a defensive lineman at Iowa in his playing days. He granted six walk-on players, Alan D'Appollonio, Mitchell Loewen, Alex Voelzke, Austin Jones, Price Holmes and Patrick Arinze, scholarships prior to the 2013 season.
"It's something that I think if you do your due diligence, if you recruit the high schools the right way, you can find kids that are a little bit under the radar and will be a nice addition," Bielema said at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Media Days.
Wymer, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound tight end from Springdale, said Bielema's passion for the walk-on program is one of the reasons he values the Razorbacks' offer.
"That was one of my questions going into the meeting with Coach B," he said. ‘Am I going to be treated differently than anyone else that is on a scholarship?' He made it clear that I wouldn't be and that I would have access to everything that a scholarship player would have and that conversation pretty much cleared it up for me."
Having played in the 7A-West, he said he already has a relationship with Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr., who used to be Bentonville's offensive coordinator.
"I feel really comfortable with Coach B and Coach Lunney," Wymer said. "I was around Coach Lunney just from him coaching at Bentonville, so I knew him prior to him going to Arkansas. We had gotten to build a relationship and when he went to Arkansas, we continued to strengthen that relationship."
Even though Wymer said the invitation to play for Arkansas "meant a lot" to him, he also said he is not ready to make a decision and is taking the recruiting process "day-by-day and seeing where it goes from there."
Wymer considering walking on
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