Arkansas will have a pair of junior college players enrolling in January.
Arizona Western College wide receiver Cody Hollister and Iowa Western Community College offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola signed with Arkansas Wednesday, which marked the first day of the mid-term junior college signing period.
"We are very excited to continue the growth of our Razorback family," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "As student-athletes, they will be able to maximize our out-of-season program in addition to having the ability to take part in spring practice. Both of them were full qualifiers out of high school, which was very important to our staff moving forward."
Hollister (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) caught 68 passes for 922 yards and 5 touchdowns while earning first-team honors for the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. He has three years to play three at Arkansas.
"I really love this school honestly," Hollister said after committing to Arkansas. "In talking to Coach Bielema and all the other coaches and Coach Smith - the wide receivers coach (who) is really cool – they're just really real with you about your position and how you would be coming in so it's encouraging."
Tretola (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) will have two years to play two seasons with the Razorbacks. He selected Arkansas over Oklahoma and TCU.
One of the main reasons Tretola chose Arkansas may have been offensive line coach Sam Pittman.
"Coach Pittman and I have a great relationship and he is one of the best offensive line coaches in the country and knows how to put guys in the league," Tretola said. "I think he and I will make a great duo working together."
Once he goes through spring practices with the rest of the team, Tretola will likely have a shot to compete for playing time in the 2014 season.
"I think that my size and technique are both pretty good," Tretola said. "But the main thing I have going for me and is my number one strength is that I play nasty all the time. I love hitting guys in the mouth early on so they won't want to come back as hard on the next play."
Hollister is also looking to make an immediate impact on the Razorbacks' offense, which is losing two wide receivers (Javontee Herndon and Julian Horton) to graduation.
"They talked about me having an opportunity, which is all I need," Hollister said. "I just need an opportunity to come in and play and if I have that I feel like I'll take an advantage of it."
Both Hollister and Tretola attended the University of Nevada before playing at separate junior colleges. Now the two will join forces in the Southeastern Conference.
Arkansas also re-added freshman-to-be Jared Cornelius on Wednesday. He flipped his commitment back to the Razorbacks, signed his financial aid agreement and will also enroll in January.
Arkansas lands two mid-term Juco players
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