Cross Is One For The Future

An updated story on Fordyce's Gary Cross (6-2, 190, 4.5), who took an official visit to Arkansas this weekend and will be placed at a junior college by the Razorbacks after he had a standout season for the Redbugs in his first year of playing high school football.

Back in the day when the SEC allowed you to sign as many players you wanted, Fordyce wide receiver Gary Cross would be signing a letter-of-intent with Arkansas on Wednesday.

But with the new limit of 25 initial counters per signing class, Cross (6-2, 190, 4.5) will instead head first to a junior college and then the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas selection has plans to matriculate to the Razorback roster in a couple of years.

The Razorbacks think so highly of Cross, however, that they wanted him to at least experience an official visit to the campus this weekend even if he can't have a signing day ceremony.

"It feels very good to be invited and come up here to Arkansas," Cross said before beginning his visit, which will end on Sunday. "I never thought I would be coming to Arkansas. This is my first year of playing football. I didn't know I would come this far playing my first year of football."

After his visit finished on Sunday morning, Cross said there were many positives about Arkansas.

"I like the facilities and I like the recruitment," Cross said Sunday. "I like the academics program and everything. I like the coaches...We also went to the Catfish Hole and the center for rehab. I like they way they rehab."

He admits that it all hit him Saturday night while standing on the field at Razorback Stadium.

"I really liked that," Cross said. "It made me think that I really good be here one day playing for them. I really like Arkansas. I really want to play for them."

Cross, whose player host was walk on defensive back Shaquille Hunter of Junction City, will start his career a junior college.

He will redshirt his freshman season at junior college so he can heal a knee injury suffered late in the 2013 campaign and so he can have three years at the Division I level.

"They (Arkansas) hope to play me at safety or wide receiver," Cross said. "I will redshirt my first year at junior college to let my knee heal."

Cross had 52 tackles while playing safety with three interceptions – two that he took back for touchdowns. He also had six pass break ups, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

He also had 27 catches for 604 yards and 9 touchdowns for the Redbugs while playing receiver and he is being recruited by Arkansas assistant Barry Lunney.

"I play well on defense as well as wide receiver," Cross said. "I made plays when they counted."

Cross was one of two official visitors that Arkansas brought in. The other one was Jackson, Miss., Callaway defensive lineman Breeland Speaks, who is expected to stick to his pledge to Ole Miss.

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